Open vacancies

I have two open vacancies for a fully-funded MSc by research and a fully-funded PhD, both with full scholarship and a generous annual stipend. 

Please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-phd-nano-electronic-devices.php and http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/electronic-electrical-engineering-kess-msc-research-development-semiconductor.php for more information. 

Closing dates are 14th Nov for the MSc and 11 Dec for the PhD. 

Please email me for more information.


My research concerns the fabrication, processing, characterisation and modelling of low-dimensional materials, including metal oxide nanowires and nanosheets, and graphene. I also design, characterise and model novel electronic devices, particularly those that make use of low-dimensional physical properties, or suffer from confinement or leakage issues due to small sizes. See for example http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nl503743t or http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0957-4484/26/41/415701

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.

I have 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.

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

I’ve 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.

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

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
  • Design characterisation and modelling of electronic devices including optoelectronic devices

Publications

  1. & Effects of Thermal Annealing on the Properties of Mechanically Exfoliated Suspended and On-Substrate Few-Layer Graphene. Crystals 7(11), 349
  2. & The effects of surface stripping ZnO nanorods with argon bombardment. Nanotechnology 26(41), 415701
  3. & Nondestructive Method for Mapping Metal Contact Diffusion in In2O3Thin-Film Transistors. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8(38), 25631-25636.
  4. & XPS investigation of titanium contact formation to ZnO nanowires. Nanotechnology 28(8), 085301
  5. & Effects of Vacuum Annealing on the Conduction Characteristics of ZnO Nanosheets. Nanoscale Research Letters 10(1)

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Teaching

  • 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.

Supervision

  • Hydrothermal growth, surface characterisation and applications of ZnO nanowires (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Thierry Maffeis
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Richard Palmer
  • n/a (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Thierry Maffeis
  • Modelling of metal-semiconductors contact for the next generation of nanoscale transistors (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Karol Kalna
  • 'Local probe electrostatic manipulation of graphene: a study of the electronic and mechanical properties of rippled graphene sheets' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Thierry Maffeis