Research Project: Nanoscale and GHz characterisation of novel superconducting spintronic interfaces
Supervisors: Lesley Cohen (Imperial), Hide Kurebayashi (UCL)
Alex graduated with a MPhys in Physics from the University of York. His masters project looked at techniques to grow graphene and characterise the effects of doping with various atoms; which is possibly useful in spintronic applications. Alex’s PhD project looks at incorporating superconductors with spintronic applications, aiming to combine their lucrative properties which may be used for quantum computers. Alex’s first aim is to characterise the way spin is propagated between Nb/Fe interfaces.
Research Project: Structural and compositional characterisation of resistive switching in silicon oxide (SiOx)
Supervisors: Tony Kenyon (UCL) Sarah Fearn (Imperial)
Horatio graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in Natural Sciences after which he studied at UCL receiving an MSc in Physics. His research project for the MSc in Professor Thanh Nguyen’s biophysics group focused on reducing the polydispersity of superparamagnetic nanoparticles. He is now working in Professor Tony Kenyon’s group in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at UCL studying the structural changes associated with resistive switching and the influence of moisture on electroforming.
Research Project: Effects of X-ray radiation in Small Molecular Crystals
Supervisors: Robert Palgrave (UCL), Anna Regoutz (Imperial)
Nathalie graduated with an MSci in Physics from UCL in 2017. Her Master’s project was an X-ray diffraction study of the Memory Effect observed in Layered Double Hydroxides. For her PhD, in the Applied X-ray Spectroscopy group under the supervision of Dr. Anna Regoutz at Imperial and Dr. Robert Palgrave at UCL, she is studying the structural and electronic radiation damage to catalyst materials. This will involve both lab and synchrotron based XRD and XPS characterisation.
Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of a band gap engineered photocatalyst for photocatalytic oxidation of environmental pollutants
Supervisors: Dominik Weiss (Imperial), Andreas Kafizas (Imperial), Camille Petit (Imperial)
Hany graduated from the Faculty of Science at Alexandria University with a BSc and MSc in Chemistry. His MSc was in physical and surface chemistry (adsorption modelling). Hany is interested in the synthesis and characterisation of a band gap engineered photocatalysts which can be applied in visible light for photocatalytic oxidation of environmental pollutants for potential water treatment. He intends to use a full range characterisation techniques including XPS, XRD, SEM, XRF, FTIR, DMA, TEM, BET to explore low-cost methods for analysing pollutants and enable a physical modelling of the results.
Research Project: Optimising Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells Through Studies of Ultrafast Dynamics
Supervisors: Geoff Thornton and Helen Fielding (UCL), David Payne (Imperial)
Robin joins the CDT with an MEng in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Manchester. He completed a 12-month internship at Airbus UK, where the need for the aerospace industry to develop more environmentally-friendly energy sources motivated him to focus on renewable energy; for his Master’s project, Robin characterised and functionalised 2D materials for solar water splitting. His PhD research will centre on investigating recombination pathways in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites using time-resolved photoemission measurements.
Research Project: Porous boron nitride – moving up the scale
Supervisors: Camille Petit (Imperial), Leslie Bolton (BP-ICAM)
Anouk graduated with an MPhil in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge (2016) and an MSc in Physics & Chemistry at ESPCI ParisTech in France (2015). During her studies, Anouk did several internships in industry and in academia, including a research placement in bioengineering at Hokkaido University in Japan. Before starting her PhD, she worked for two years as a research engineer in the FMCG industry near London.
Anouk is pursuing her PhD in the Multifunctional Nanomaterials group at Imperial College London. She is focusing on porous boron nitride used for molecular separations, in collaboration with BP-ICAM (International Centre for Advanced Materials). Her project involves improving the porosity and stability of boron nitride and scaling up its synthesis process for industry purposes, such as reducing energy consumption in separation processes.
Research Project: Microstructure Effects on Fatigue in (New) Titanium Alloys
Supervisors: David Dye (Imperial), Davis Rugg (Rolls-Royce PLC)
Hannah graduated from the University of Birmingham with a MEng in Mechanical and Materials Engineering in 2018. Her final year project was looking at dwell fatigue in nickel based superalloys under the supervision of Paul Bowen and Hangyue Li. Upon attaining her Masters degree Hannah moved to Imperial College London to start a PhD in the David Dye group in the Royal School of Mines, studying titanium alloys and the effect that their microstructure has on fatigue
Research Project: In-operando evaluation of interfaces in all-solid state batteries
Supervisors: Ainara Aguadero (Imperial), Paul Shearing (UCL)
Nomaan graduated from Strathclyde University Glasgow with a MChem in Chemistry. He undertook a couple of summer placements at his university and a year-long placement at KAUST in the KAUST Solar Centre working with organic electronics with Iain McCulloch’s group. Nomaan is now working in the Materials department at Imperial with Dr Ainara Aguadero and Prof Paul Shearing at UCL on solid state batteries.
Research Project: Light-matter-spin interactions in 2D materials
Supervisors: Hidekazu Kurebayashi (UCL), Olga Kazakova (NPL)
Dimitrios graduated with a MEng in Electrical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, followed by MSc studies on Quantum Technology at the University of Sussex. He is a PhD student in Dr Kurebayashi’s group on spintronics at the London Centre for Nanotechnology in a collaboration with National Physical Laboratory. His goal is to fabricate novel 2D heterostructures and study their spintronics and optoelectronics properties.
Research Project: A 2D-2D g-C3N4/MOF heterojunction for CO2 photoreduction
Supervisor: Camille Petit (Imperial)
Giulia graduated from EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland) with a MSc in in science of molecular and biological Chemistry in 2017. Giulia’s Masters project was completed in the Cohen group at UCSD (University of California, San Diego) where she was working on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). Giulia started her PhD in Camille Petit’s group in 2018, which involves the optimization of 2D g-C3N4 heterojunction for the photocatalytic reduction of CO2.
Research Project: Nanomanipulation of charged 2D materials for application
Supervisors: Chris Howard (UCL) and Cecilia Mattevi (Imperial)
Rebecca graduated from the University of Oxford with a MChem in Chemistry in 2016. Her final year project in the Vincent Group, Oxford, utilised in-situ FTIR to study unusual inhibition of hydrogenase enzymes. She went on to pursue research interests in sustainable energy, working in industry for two years at UK SME and sodium-ion battery technology developer, Faradion Ltd. She has joined Chris Howard’s group to look at nanomanipulation of charged 2D materials and explore potential applications in various energy storage devices.
Research Project: Advanced imaging of bioactive glass ion uptake and distribution in healthy and diseased cells involved in bone regeneration
Supervisors: Gavin Jell (UCL) and Julian Jones (Imperial)
Joel graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Biomaterials science and Tissue engineering. He then went on to complete a MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative medicine at UCL, researching the roles of silicon in bone regeneration. Joel’s PhD project continues this work under the supervision of Gavin Jell at the Royal Free hospital, focusing on imagining bioactive glass ion uptake in healthy and diseased bone cells.
Research Project: Probing the importance of nanostructure design for medical imaging agents using precision chemistry and characterisation techniques
Supervisors: Gemma-Louise Davies (UCL), James Wilton-Ely (Imperial)
Connor graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2018 with an MSci (with Honours) in Chemistry. During his degree, he spent 9 months at IPCMS (University of Strasbourg) developing mesoporous silica-coated carbon nanotubes for use as theranostic agents. His final year project at Glasgow investigated the cell internalisation of zirconium metal-organic frameworks for drug delivery. Connor’s PhD research will involve an investigation of the impact of nanostructure and chelate design on the behaviour of novel MRI contrast agents.
Research Project: In operandi analysis of the electrochemical processes governing solid oxide fuel cell electrode degradation
Supervisors: Stephen Skinner (Imperial) and Shubi Mukerjee (Ceres Power)
Nick studied Chemistry at the University of Southampton and graduated with an MChem in the summer of 2018. During his degree, Nick completed a one-year placement developing organic electronic devices with Merck KGaA. It was here that he developed an interest in surface characterisation by using SEM and AFM instruments. Nick am now part of the CDT-ACM and working in the Skinner group in collaboration with Ceres Power, investigating electrode degradation in solid oxide fuel cells.