Vector Photonics announced the appointment of Connor Munro as Process Development Engineer. Connor has industrial wafer processing and high-volume manufacturing expertise, with experience of FP, DFB and VCSEL production across a range of compound semiconductor systems, including AlGaInP, GaAs, GaSb, GaN and InP.
Richard Taylor, CTO at Vector Photonics, said, “Connor is the fourteenth member of our team. He has extensive Dry Etch, Wet Etch and Thin Film deposition experience in dielectrics and metals, gained as a Process Engineer at Sivers Photonics (CST Global). His role spanned both operations and development, optimising and standardising processes for increased yield. His experience includes photolithography and electron beam lithography; oxide and metal deposition; chemical and mechanical polishing; thermal annealing; characterisation (SEM) and qualification testing; and MOCVD and MBE processing – invaluable expertise in our fabless environment.”
Connor was most recently a Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow, working on the EPSRC-funded, GaN DaME project developing next generation, GaN-based, RF power devices. He was developing processes for “Flipped” GaN on Si etching, to enable diamond growth around the active layers of the device. This provides a highly effective heat sink to maximise its power output.
Connor has a Physics degree from the University of St Andrews, where he was based in the Organic Semiconductor Centre. When not at work, he enjoys walking, climbing or snow sports alongside a passion for rock and hip-hop music, having hosted a popular weekly radio show at St Andrews.