Research  |  Publications  |  DPhil projects

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 also have a third UHV chamber to process materials for our gas sensing project and have a custom-built chamber to test our gas sensors for a variety of low concentrations of analytes. 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.

 He is a Professor in the Department of Materials and a Fellow of Linacre College.

 
 email: martin.castell 'at' materials.ox.ac.uk

 Personal website


 Merel Lefferts is a post-doctoral researcher.

 She is creating a new type of high-sensitivity gas sensor.

 Her research is sponsored through EPSRC grants (IAA & GCRF) and is part of the WAFT project.

 email: merel.lefferts 'at' materials.ox.ac.uk


 Peiyu Chen is a post-doctoral researcher.

 She is using surface science techniques to study Li on oxide behaviour for solid state batteries.

 She is part of the Faraday Institution SOLBAT initiative.

 email: peiyu.chen 'at' materials.ox.ac.uk


 Ben Armitage is a fourth year DPhil student.

 He is working on electrochemical vapour sensing.

 His research is supported through an EPSRC iCASE award in collaboration with Dstl.

 email: ben.armitage 'at' wolfson.ox.ac.uk


 Aatif Rasheed is a fourth year DPhil student.

 He is working on STM of epitaxial metal nanocrystals.

 He holds an Oxford - Sir Anwar Pervez Graduate Scholarship.

 email: aatif.rasheed 'at' linacre.ox.ac.uk


 Fubiao Gu is a third year DPhil student.

 He is investigating the structure and properties of metals on oxides and metal-organic frameworks.

 His research is supported through the China Scholarship Council.

 email: fubiao.gu 'at' stcatz.ox.ac.uk



 Yuhan Zhu is a second year DPhil student.

 She is investigating the structure and growth of epitaxial oxide films and nanostructures.

 Her research is supported through the China Scholarship Council.

 email: yuhan.zhu 'at' st-annes.ox.ac.uk



 Axel Forssberg is a first year DPhil student.

 He is studying the surface properties of Li-based solid state batteries.

 He is part of the Faraday Institution SOLBAT initiative.

 email: axel.forssberg 'at' stx.ox.ac.uk



 Tairu Ge is a first year DPhil student.

 He is carrying out research into strain engineering of 2D and 3D epitaxial oxides.



 email: tairu.ge 'at' stx.ox.ac.uk



 Weishuo Li is a first year DPhil student.

 He is carrying out research into conducting polymer and metal oxide semiconductor gas sensors.

 He has a personal ResearchGate page.

 email: weishuo.li 'at' st-annes.ox.ac.uk



 Abi Lister is a first year DPhil student.

 She is researching the synthesis of 2D conducting metal-organic frameworks for
 gas sensing applications.

 She holds an EPSRC DTP award.

 email: abigail.lister 'at' spc.ox.ac.uk


 Sisheng Shu is a first year DPhil student.

 He is carrying out high resolution STM studies of 2D metal-organic frameworks and their properties.



 email: sisheng.shu 'at' mansfield.ox.ac.uk



 Yingrui Zhao is a first year DPhil student.

 She is carrying out research into supported noble metal nanocrystal catalysts.



 email: yingrui.zhao 'at' seh.ox.ac.uk



Former Group Members:

Shuqiu Wang was a DPhil student (2015-19).
She joined the Physics Department in Oxford as a post-doc.

Laurence Marks was an academic visitor (2019).
He returned to his home institution, Northwestern University, in the USA.

Krishnan Murugappan was a post-doctoral researcher (2015-19).
He went on to do further research at ANU in Canberra, Australia.

Yakun Gao was a DPhil student (2013-17).
She joined a company in China.

Xiao Hu was a was a DPhil student (2012-16) and post-doc (2017-18).
She joined a company in London.

Tabitha Jones was a part II student (2016-17).
She went to work for Dyson.

Jan Seidel was an academic visitor (2016).
He returned to his home institution, UNSW, in Sydney, Australia.

Shams ur Rahman was a DPhil student (2010-14) and post-doc (2014-15).
He is now an Assistant Professor at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology.

Bruce Bromage was a part II student (2014-15).
He went on to do a DPhil in the Materials Department.

Olga Shvarova was a DPhil student (2007-11) and post-doc (2012-13).
She went to work for Oxford University Innovation Ltd.

Chen Wu was a DPhil student (2006-10) and post-doc (2011-13).
She now holds a faculty position at Zhejiang University.

Jingyu Sun was a DPhil student (2008-12).
He did further research at Peking and Cambridge Universities and is now a faculty member at Soochow University.

Judy Kim was a post-doc (2008-12).
She is now a Senior Staff Scientist in the Materials Department.

Jules Gardener was a post-doc (2008-9).
She went on to do further post-doctoral research at Harvard.

Adam Shaw was an MSc student (2006-9).
He went to study for a PhD at the University of British Columbia.

Matthew Marshall was a DPhil student (2005-9).
He became a post-doc at Yale.

Karen Kruska was a visiting student (2007-8).
She went on to study for a DPhil in the Oxford Atom Probe group.

Bruce Russell was a DPhil student (2004-8).
He went to join a financial services company.

Helen Marsh was a DPhil student (2004-8).
She became a Physics teacher.

David Newell was a DPhil student (2003-7).
He went to work for Dstl.

Fabien Silly was a post-doc (2003-7).
He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen and is now at CEA Saclay.

David Deak was a DPhil student (2003-7).
He went to work for Siemens Wind Power.

Andrew Powell was a part II student (2003-4).