Analog Devices Building,
University of Limerick.
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Ph.D. project at the ‘Universitaet zu Köln’
Diplom der Physik (eqv. to MSc)
Studies of Physics at the ‘Universitaet zu Köln’
Research and Teaching Interests
Fundamental investigations of the local dependence of plasmonic structure and tailoring thereof
1D semiconductor assemblies, carbon nanotubes
Graphene and other novel 2-D materials
Aiming at practical use in photo-emission
Design of prototype devices
Sustained high quality publication output (~170+ papers; major investigator and writer in 80% of these) in academic/ professional journals, including Nature papers
Over 45 refereed conference papers (not including 100 or so un-refereed conference papers)
Involvement in all areas of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching including the development and coordination of new courses and laboratory classes and role of course coordinator and course director / Industrial and Academic Collaboration. Teaching on an individual level and to audiences of small groups through to classes of 250+ students, on university degree courses, service- and specialist courses, to various audiences, from school children to specialists on scientific workshops, employing ‘chalk and talk’ methods, problem-based, and quite often, application oriented teaching.
- PhD, MSc and Postdoc supervision,
- monthly TEM forum for users (students, post grads and post docs of Manchester University, to discuss current issues arising from TEM use)
- Frequent external and internal PhD examiner
Industrial and Academic Collaboration
- Extensive industrial research leading to direct academic knowledge transfer with DeBeers, Element6, Gatan, FEI, Bruker, Graphene Industries, Bluestone Global Tech, EPI, Thomas Swan, BP Solar, GEC Plessey, Philips Research Labs, BNRE, IBM Zuerich, all through CASE studentships, support of research grants, and/or contracts for consultancy work dealing with daily requests by industries for provision of electron microscopy services and engagement in company specific research issues.
- Involvement in electron microscopy studies that proved essential in laying scientific foundations for two new university based spin-off companies: Graphene Industries, set up by researchers in Physics, and Silicon Based Emission Technology (Sibet), set up by researchers from EE&E in conjunction with Surrey and McMasters (Canada) universities.
- Intensive collaborations within academia, including UK Universities: Manchester, Leeds, Salford, Liverpool, Surrey, Exeter, Newcastle upon Tyne, UCL, Universitaet Augsburg, Universitaet Goettingen, Trinity College Dublin/CRANN, Centre for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials in Moscow, Forschungszentrum Juelich/Universitaet Aachen alliance (Germany), Daresbury SuperSTEM laboratories, EMPA (Switzerland), University of Minho (Braga, Portugal)
- Participation in creating >£11 Mio of research funding (as PI or co-applicant)