Franck Natali

Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Most of my scientific research spans from semiconductor material science, including ultra-high vacuum technology, epitaxial growth, structural, electrical and optical characterizations, to the fabrication of devices such as light emitting diodes and transistors. My work on the description-comprehension of the epitaxial growth processes as well as the understanding-control of materials properties is driven with the aim of technological progresses in the electronic (powerful transistors for broadcast communications, etc.) and optoelectronics (energy savings) sectors.

I am currently particularly interested in the growth of rare earth nitride thin films by molecular beam epitaxy and their characterisations toward the implementation of a number of prototype device structures for spintronic applications. I am also interested in the growth and characterizations of rare-earth silicides which have a central role to play in the next-generation of CMOS devices (interconnects, contacts, source/drain area…).


I received my M.Sc. degree (2000) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bordeaux, France, and my PhD degree in physics from the University of Nice, France (2003). At this time, under the supervision of Dr Jean Massies, I worked on the growth of (Al,Ga)N/GaN heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on silicon substrate in view of electronic and optoelectronic applications. Before to join Victoria University of Wellington, I spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and 2 years as a research operator on MBE systems inside Riber, a world leading supplier of MBE products and services to the compound semiconductor community.

Franck is a Lecturer in Physics and an Associate investigator in The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, where he contributes to Electronic and Optical Materials theme and collaborates actively with their researchers.


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Teaching in 2020