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Prof C. David Wright

Professor of Electronic Engineering - Leader Functional Materials Research Theme


Telephone: 01392 723614

Extension: (Streatham) 3614

C David Wright was born in England in 1957. He obtained a B.Sc. with first class honours in Physics in 1978 from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. After a spell working as a Process Engineer for Philips Electronics in Manchester, he returned to academica to obtain an M.Sc. (Solid State Physics) from the University of Sheffield in 1980, and a Ph.D in Perpendicular Magnetic Recording, in 1985. He took up the Chair in Electronic and Computer Engineering at Exeter in 1999, being formerly a Reader in Data Storage at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester.
Professor Wright’s research centres on the design and development of future generation, non-volatile, memory technologies. 
A recent emphasis has been on the incorporation of advanced functionality into memory devices, in particular demonstration of their ability to perform arithmetic and logic processing, as well as mimic neuronal and synaptic systems of the brain.
Professor Wright is also heavily involved in the development of research strategy, at the UK, European and international level.
He led the UK Government (DTI) funded Data Storage Network, led the EU's Special Strategic Action on memory technology, was part of the team that carried out a strategic review of the EU's flagship FP7 nanoelectronics programmes - the ENIAC & ARETMIS JTIs that account for over €3 billion of EU spending, and he is a lead contributor on memory technology to the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (
Professor Wright is currently involved in three major EPSRC projects. He is the PI for the joint Exeter-Bath Graphene Engineering grant ('New Manufacturable Approaches to the Deposition and Patterning of Graphene Materials', EP/K017160/1, £1,125,790), is also PI for the joint NSF-EPSRC-DfG project 'Understanding and exploiting mixed-mode ultra-fast optical-electrical behavior in nanoscale phase change materials' (EP/J018783/1) that brings together leading international collaborators from the USA (University of Pennsylvania), Germany (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and the UK (Exeter and Oxford), and he is a Co-I on Exeter's recently awarded CDT in Electromagnetic Metamaterials.
He also leads a €3 million EU FP7 project looking at the development of carbon-based memory materials and devices (the CareRAMM project), with collaborators from IBM Zurich, RWTH-Aachen and University of Cambridge.

Professor Wright has collaborated at some time or other with most of the major electronics companies in the world, including IBM, Micron Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics, Philips, GEC-Plessey, Sony and Panasonic.