Dr Faebian Bastiman

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Faebian is currently the CTO of a Berlin-based start up seeking to solve the world’s drink water problems (mitte). Mitte is the first of its kind smart home water system that purifies and enhances water through a process inspired by the natural water cycle. Mitte is backed by Atlantic Food Labs and Doehler Ventures, and launched successfully via a Kickstarter campaign in Nov 2017. His last great gifts to semiconductor research are this blog and guide to MBE and his deposition control software: EPIC.

He received his MEng and PhD degrees in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, in 2004 and 2010, respectively. In July 2010, he was awarded the EPSRC Post Doctoral Prize Fellowship and began working in the same Department on growth of novel structures and materials. This was followed by a Research Associate position in the EPSRC National Centre for III-V technologies where he synthesised and optimised a broad range of III-V alloys. During this placement he concurrently engaged in training and managing a team of PhD students in the operation of III-V MBE systems. His research combines fundamental material science and device development. His final research projects involved pioneering work with bismuth containing alloys and cross-material platform integration including the growth of III-V nanowires on silicon substrates.

Research interests

  • Nanowires for III-V/Si platform integration
  • GaAsBi/GaAs(100) pin diodes for 1.24 – 1.55 µm emitters and detectors
  • InAsBi/GaAs(100)  quantum dots for 1.3 µm emission
  • InAsBi/InAs(100) “vanishing” band gap for far infra red (FIR)
  • III-V-Sb/GaAs interfacial misfit (IMF) for III-V templates
  • III-V-P/GaAs lattice matched and strain balanced systems