The Surface Nanoscience Research Group is in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. We study the atomic scale structure and properties of surfaces and nanostructures, and also investigate molecular ordering on surfaces. Our main instruments are two JEOL ultra high vacuum (UHV) scanning tunnelling microscopes (STM) that can image surfaces at atomic resolution over a wide range of temperatures. We have recently installed a third UHV chamber for a gas sensing project. By characterising and processing surfaces on the nanoscale we aim to create new materials for applications in catalysis, gas sensing, microelectronics, and diverse areas of nanotechnology.
People in the Group:
Martin Castell is head of the group.
email: martin.castell 'at' materials.ox.ac.uk Personal website
Chen Wu is a post-doctoral researcher.
She is currently working on the development of a new type of gas sensor.
Olga Shvarova is a post-doctoral researcher.
Shams ur Rahman is a fourth year DPhil student.
He is studying the relationship between atomic scale defects and the optical and magnetic properties
Xiao Hu is a second year DPhil student.
She is using STM to study the structure of ultra-thin oxide films.
Merel Lefferts is a first year DPhil student.
She is creating a new type of high-sensitivity gas detector.
Yakun Gao is a first year DPhil student.
She is investigating the structure and properties of oxide nanostructures.
Former Group Members:
Jingyu Sun was a DPhil student (2008-12).
Judy Kim was a post-doc (2008-12).
Jules Gardener was a post-doc (2008-9).
Adam Shaw was an MSc student (2006-9).
Matthew Marshall was a DPhil student (2005-9).
Karen Kruska was a visiting student (2007-8).
Bruce Russell was a DPhil student (2004-8).
Helen Marsh was a DPhil student (2004-8).
David Newell was a DPhil student (2003-7).
Fabien Silly was a post-doc (2003-7).
David Deak was a DPhil student (2003-7).
Andrew Powell was a part II student (2003-4).