Research Project: Synthesis, characterisation and biofunctionalisation of multiferroic nanocomposites for biomedical applications
Supervisors: Nguyen TK Thanh (UCL) and Peter W. Dunne (TCD)
Samyog graduated with a BSc in Physics (1st class) from University of Hertfordshire, followed by an MSc in Physics , and an MRes in Security Science from UCL. His Master’s project focussed on X-ray Diffraction and X-ray Backscatter characterisation of organic materials. He is a PhD student in Professor Thanh’s group based at the Royal Institution where he will investigate the magnetoelectric property of multiferroic nanocomposites. This will involve synthesis, the usage of various characterisation techniques and biofunctionalisation of nanocomposites for healthcare applications.
Research Project: Advanced Electron Microscopy characterisation of materials and devices for energy storage
Supervisors: Valeria Nicolosi (TCD) and Dr. Clotilde Cucinotta (ICL)
Kavin graduated with a MSci in Physics from University College London in 2019. He completed his master’s project in Chris Howard’s Group at UCL, focusing on the synthesis of hybrid 2D materials using graphene and monolayer MoS2 for application as an anode material in Na-ion batteries. He went on to pursue research interests in energy materials, interning at the Korea Institue of Energy Materiels (KIER) where he worked on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF). Currently, he is a PhD student in Valeria Nicolosi’s group, investigating MXene-based electrodes for alternative energy storage systems.
Research Project: Ceramic property variation as a function of water corrosion at interfaces
Supervisors: Katharina Marquardt (ICL), David Dobson (ICL)
Alex graduated from the University of Oxford in 2019 with an MEng in Materials Science. During her masters project she investigated the ceramic processing technique cold sintering, a means of densifying ceramics at temperatures hundreds of degrees below those required for conventional processes. For her PhD, Alex is working with Dr. Katharina Marquardt at Imperial and Professor David Dobson at UCL to understand the character variation of interfaces in olivine at high temperatures and in the presence of supercritical water.
Research Project: Functional characterization of lead-free hybrid perovskite materials and solar cells
Supervisors: Saif Haque (ICL), Robert Palgrave (UCL)
Amanz graduated from Imperial College London with an integrated MEng in Materials Science and Engineering. His final year project involved fabricating and characterising perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with a low grain boundary density. He spent some time in the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology as a researcher studying hole transport materials in PSCs, and as a teaching assistant. Following his graduation, Amanz worked in the thin-film deposition industry to gain experience in industrial device fabrication. Amanz is passionate about photovoltaics and the link between morphology and device performance. His PhD project involves structurally and electronically characterising Sn PSCs.
Research Project: Using ultrathin oxides to alter and control material properties
Supervisors: Igor Shvets (TCD) and Martyn A. McLachlan (ICL)
Peter graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials. He is now working in the Applied Physics Group in TCD under the supervision of Prof. Igor Shvets. His research will focus on the effect of interlacing ultrathin oxide layers with transparent conducting oxides, the origin of this effect, and how one can use this to alter material properties. This will primarily involve the use of TEM and XPS techniques to characterise the materials.
Research Project: Single Atom Devices with Controllable Electrical and Optical Properties
Supervisors: Neil Curson (UCL), Sarah Fearn (ICL)
Rebecca graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Mphys Physics in 2020. Her Masters project focused on characterising nitrogen-based defects in diamond using electron paramagnetic resonance. She also has research experience in the fields of biophysics and particle physics from summer projects completed during her degree. Rebecca is now based at the London Centre for Nanotechnology under the supervision of Neil Curson, using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) to both pattern silicon with dopant atoms and characterise the resulting properties. This work will impact future integrated circuit technology, including advances in quantum computing.
Research Project: Using advanced techniques to characterise the structure of nano-networks
Supervisors: Jonathan Coleman (TCD) and Milo Shaffer (ICL)
Luke graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in nanoscience. He carried out his final year research project in Imperial College London with Prof. Magda Titirici, where he researched the use of materials from bio-waste as binders in sodium ion batteries. He is now working with Prof. Jonathan Coleman in Trinity College Dublin, where he will be working on using advanced characterisation techniques to study the micro and nano structure of printed nanonetworks. These nanonetworks are being investigated for use in a variety of different applications within printed electronic devices.
Research Project: New compositions and microstructure evolution of High Entropy Alloys for the next generation 3D-printing
Supervisors: Rocco Lupoi (TCD) and Minh-Son Pham (ICL)
JanMell graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology in the Philippines in 2011. She then went on to finish a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering in the same university specializing in synthesis and characterization of intrinsic conducting polymers. In an effort to promote STEM to the younger generation, she then worked as a special science teacher teaching research and chemistry to junior and senior high school students. Her PhD is in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College Dublin where she is working on the development of 3D printed high entropy alloys for aerospace applications, exploring the microstructure development of these alloys under microgravity conditions.
Research Project: Evaluation of 3D Photogrammetry Tools for Applications in the SEM
Supervisors: Lewys Jones (TCD)
Edward graduated from University College Dublin in 2018 with a BSc in Chemistry in 2018. His final year project with Prof. Kenneth Dawson introduced him to nanotechnology and material science, working with ultra-small gold nanoparticles and their interactions with cancer cells. After being awarded the Intel Scholarship, he went on to study the formation of nanocomposites of iron oxide nanoflowers and graphene oxide under Dr. Dermot Brougham, completing his MSc in Nanochemistry from UCD in 2019. He is now studying for his PhD, through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Characterisation, with the Ultramicroscopy Group investigating photogrammetry on the microscale for 3D SEM imaging.
Research Project: Microwave readout of graphene resonators for Molecular Detection
Supervisors: Lesley Cohen (ICL)
Matthew graduated from Imperial College London with an MSci in Physics with Theoretical Physics. His masters project considered a theoretical model of the Supersolid phase of dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates , a novel state of matter that exhibits frictionless flow like a superfluid but has a lattice structure like a solid. Matthew’s PhD project looks at using microwave measurement techniques for molecular sensing with graphene. For this he is supervised by Professor Lesley Cohen at Imperial College London and Professor Ling Hao at the National Physical Laboratory where he is primarily based.
Research Project: Hybrid e-skin micro-needle sensing system enabled by additive manufacturing
Supervisors: Felice Torrisi (ICL), Tony Cass (ICL)
Martin has graduated from Imperial College with BSc Chemistry (2019) and MRes Nanomaterials (2020), having worked on new materials for organic solar cells and graphene-based microneedle biosensors, respectively. He has extensive experience developing and commercialising scientific instruments, including an ultra-small potentiostat at Vestigen and low-cost near-infrared spectrometers for identification of polymers and fabrics at Matoha. In his PhD project, he is using new materials such as graphene and MXenes to create microneedle-based wearable biosensors, enabling accurate wearable health monitoring.
Research Project: Detection of carbon monoxide in living cells using surface-functionalised mesoporous materials
Supervisors: James Wilton-Ely (ICL), Gemma-Louise Davies (UCL)
Adila graduated with an MSci degree in Physics from University College London (UCL) in 2019. Her final year project was in neutrino physics based on the SuperNEMO experiment which is searching for a rare process called neutrinoless double beta decay that will prove that neutrinos are their own antiparticles. However, for her PhD she has moved on to materials science; Adila has joined the Wilton-Ely group at Imperial College London and Davies group at UCL to work on sensing carbon monoxide (CO) in biological cells.
Research Project: Investigation of magnetism and optical phenomena in multimodal 2D colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals
Supervisors: Yurii Gun’ko (TCD) and Gemma-Louise Davies (UCL)
Aoife graduated with a BA (mod) Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin in 2020. During her degree Aoife carried out industrial internships at Pannonia Bio in Hungary and Intel Ireland, which led to an interest in materials science and nanomaterials. Her final year project, which was carried out in the Peter Dunne group, focused on the development of highly dispersible hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials, by functionalising inorganic cores with organic surface ligands. Aoife’s PhD project in the Yurii Gun’ko research group at TCD will focus on the development of new surface-functionalised 2D CuInS-based colloidal nanomaterials for biomedical applications.
Research Project: Time Resolved Photoemission of Energy Functional Materials at the European XFEL
Supervisors: Geoff Thornton (UCL), Kai Rossnagel (DESY)
Adair graduated from Durham with an MSci in Natural Sciences focusing on Physics and Chemistry. His master’s project investigated constraints on a fifth fundamental force using atomic spectroscopy, specifically using the spectra of hydrogen, deuterium, and helium. Adair is now working in the Chemistry department at UCL studying the electron dynamics in dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cells using pump-and-probe techniques.
Research Project: Characterising competitive interactions and binding selectivity at bio-nano interfaces
Supervisors: Stefan Guldin (UCL), Stefano Agioletti-Uberti (Imperial)
Esther graduated with an MChem Chemistry with Study Year Abroad from the University of Bath, where her masters project focused on the investigation of Janus gold nanoparticle structures at the DPPC phospholipid monolayer. Her Erasmus year was spent at the University of Bordeaux studying the properties of ionic particles using molecular spectroscopic techniques. Esther has now joined the AdReNa group led by Stefan Guldin, and her PhD project looks at developing characterisation methods to reliably screen for superselectivity to biological targets.
Research Project: Quantum properties of engineered atomic-scale structures in silicon for future device applications
Supervisors: Neil Curson (UCL), Gabriel Aeppli (PSI)
Kieran graduated with a degree in MSci Chemical Physics from the University of Bristol. His master’s project focussed on the discovery of crystal systems using substituted chalcones. During the project he also characterised the systems to understand the effect of substitution on charge transfer using techniques such as SCXRD, FTIR, DSC and SEM. Kieran’s PhD project involves using scanning tunneling microscopy, and hydrogen lithography, to dope silicon with atomic precision. The quantum properties of these devices will then be investigated through a collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institute in Zurich. These nanoscale devices have applications in electronics and even show potential for quantum computing.
Research Project: Fundamental understanding of electrode-electrolyte interfaces in novel batteries
Supervisors: Stephen Skinner (ICL), Ainara Aguadero (ICL)
Sivakkumaran graduated from the University of York with a BSc (Hons) in Physics and then completed an MSc (R) in Condensed Matter Physics from Durham University.
His Master’s project, as part of the Condensed Matter Physics group supervised by Dr. Michael Hunt and Dr. Budhika Mendis, focused on characterising and functionalising 2D materials, particularly graphene and molybdenum disulfide, as electrode material for supercapacitors.
He now starts his PhD at Imperial, supervised by Professor Stephen Skinner and Dr. Ainara Aguadero, and in collaboration with LiNa energy, on developing a fundamental understanding of a novel battery based on sodium metal chloride technology.
Research Project: Corrosion of additively manufactured Ti alloys
Supervisors: Stella Pedrazzini (ICL), Enrique Alabort Martinez (Oxmet Technologies)
Jessica graduated from Imperial College London in 2020 with a MEng in Aerospace Materials. Her penultimate year summer placement and final year research project were on low-temperature salt corrosion in single crystal nickel superalloys, in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc. She is a PhD student in the Environmental Degradation research group within the Engineering Alloys theme at Imperial’s Materials Department. Her PhD project is in collaboration with Oxmet Technologies, working on corrosion of additively manufactured Ti alloys for biomedical applications.
Research Project: Plasmonic enhancement of hydrogen from water: experiment and theory
Supervisors: Geoff Thornton (UCL), Graeme Watson (TCD)
Max graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen where he developed an interest in solid state chemistry and surface science. A Saltire Scholar internship in his penultimate year working in R&D at Coherent, Santa Clara, further cemented his ambition to undertake a research project of his own. Max’s PhD project will be investigating the mechanism by which the surface plasmon resonance of nanostructures enhances solar light harvesting.