Dr Richard Cobley

Dr Richard Cobley

Senior Lecturer, Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602066

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Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Cobley's research concerns the fabrication, processing, characterisation and modelling of low-dimensional materials, including metal oxide nanowires and nanosheets, and graphene. He also designs, characterises and models novel electronic devices, particularly those that make use of low-dimensional physical properties, or suffer from confinement or leakage issues due to small sizes.

Working within the Centre for Nanohealth at Swansea we are able to fabricate a wide range of nanomaterials. Our characterisation equipment includes ultra high vacuum four point probe (with in-situ scanning electron microscopy), scanning auger microscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

Dr Cobley has supervised many PhD, masters, and other research students on these areas – some are listed below. Interested potential students are welcome to email for a current list of vacancies.

He is the postgraduate admissions tutor for Nanotechnology.  Please email him with any enquiries about research masters or PhD programmes in any areas related to nanotechnology.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Nanotechnology
  • Electrical and structural characterisation of low-dimensional materials
  • Metal oxide nanowires and nanosheets
  • Characterisation of electrostatic manipulation of graphene ripples and deformation
  • Scanning probe microscopy and modelling of SPM

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Dr Cobley is the undergraduate course co-ordinator for Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He co-founded the College’s Lightboard recording studio for creating engaging teaching videos.

EG-142 Instrumentation and Control

This module introduces the fundamentals of sensors, measurement, instrumentation and control in typical engineering applications.

EG-143 Digital Design

To introduce the fundamentals of logic design methods and, implement, test and compare these designs using simulators.

EGNM01 Probing at the Nanoscale

This module provides an introduction to the analysis techniques used in nanotechnology, and general surface science, including scanning probe microscopy, electron and diffraction techniques.

Award Highlights

In 2007 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship to model scanning probe measurements of electronic devices. His research has been funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, EPSRC and A4B (Welsh Government/EU).

He has given many invited public engagement talks on nanotechnology including at the Swansea Science Café, the University of the Third Age, the Royal Society of Chemistry and an IET ‘Living History’ event.

Dr Cobley also has a postgraduate qualification in higher education teaching (PGCTHE), is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Institute of Physics. He is currently the Level One co-ordinator for Electronic and Electrical Engineering.