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Dr Janet Bonar

Course Leader

Department of Science and Engineering

Dr Janet Bonar, Senior Lecturer and Staff Governor


Janet has worked extensively in research in semiconductor materials and fabrication techniques, leading to a substantial number of publications. Significant research achievements include development of defect injection technique to study dopant diffusion in Si and SiGe by Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA), and development of epitaxial growth processes for a variety of device applications in Si, SiGe and SiGeC materials.

Her additional publications are in the areas of structural studies of semiconductors and superconductors by TEM, and electronic band structure studies of strained SiGe layers by optical spectroscopy. After moving away from research, she worked in start-up and established companies, in both engineering and operations roles. Prior to joining Solent in 2013, Janet was the semiconductor process engineering team leader at Selex ES, where she led a team of engineers to develop and support wafer and die scale semiconductor processing for production and development projects at an advanced manufacturing semiconductor specialist.

During her time at Solent, Janet has taught maths at foundation and at level 4, as well as performing action research in maths teaching. She also teaches manufacturing and quality, and coordinates final year projects, as well as supervises projects in manufacturing and other areas.

Further information

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
  • PhD from the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.
  • MSc in Materials Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.
  • BA in Physics from Reed College, Portland OR, USA.

Taught courses

HNC Engineering

Do you want to take the next steps in your career as an engineer? Develop your skills in mathematics, electronics and mechanical engineering with access to advanced workshops, robotics, CAD suites.

BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

Get ahead in an electronics career with this professionally accredited programme, combining practical challenges, excellent facilities and teaching from industry specialists and academic researchers.