Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering

Prof LW Snyman

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department: Electrical and Mining Engineering
Tel: 011 471 2299


  • B.Sc.
  • B.Sc Hons.
  • M.Sc.
  • PhD degrees in physics and semiconductor physics from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Fields of academic interests

His current research interests are in optoelectronics, CMOS Integrated Circuit Design, Silicon Photonics, Si Avalanche Light Emitting  Diodes. Particularly, Professor Snyman and his students  have recently realised a series of optical links involving an emitter, waveguide and detector on the same silicon chip.

Journal articles

Professor Snyman has to date published about 120 research outputs, mostly as articles in accredited international scientific journals,  as articles in international conference proceedings, as articles in professional journals and as local and international granted  patents. He is also author and co-author of two scholarly chapters in scientific books on the topics of Integrating Micro-Photonic Systems and MOEMS into Standard Silicon CMOS Integrated Circuitry, and “Silicon Avalanche based Si LEDs and their potential integration into CMOS and  RF bipolar technology” (Intech) of 2010 and 2014, respectively.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

He is currently the main inventor of five granted U.S.A patents, co-inventor of two granted USA patents, main inventor of two European Patents, main inventor two Korean patents, one Chinese patent, and eleven granted SA patents.

Prof. Snyman won the WIRSAM scientific awards in 1982 and 1984 in South Africa for best lectures at the SA Electron Microscopy Society of SA conferences. In 1987, he received the South African Microelectronics Industries (SAMES) award for best contribution in semiconductor physics and microelectronics in South Africa in 1978. In 2002, he received an Academic Excellence Award as Researcher of the Year at the TUT. In 2010, he was designated as Innovator of the Year at the TUT. In 2015, he was nominated for the prestigious 2015 BHP Billiton National Science and Technology Forum Award: Photonics: International Year of Light, and received a runner up certificate from the Forum in this regard.


At an international level, Professor Snyman is member of the International Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Society for Photonic Instrumentation Engineers; and regularly review scientific submitted articles at an international level. He regularly also make contributions at conferences and symposia at an international level. He is currently an appointed Research Associate at the Ecole Superior et Microelectronique in France, and visits France annually.