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.
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.
Peiyu Chen is a post-doctoral researcher.
She is using surface science techniques to study Li on oxide behaviour for solid state batteries.
Ben Armitage is a fourth year DPhil student.
He is working on electrochemical vapour sensing.
Aatif Rasheed is a fourth year DPhil student.
He is working on STM of epitaxial metal nanocrystals.
Fubiao Gu is a third year DPhil student.
He is investigating the structure and properties of metals on oxides and metal-organic frameworks.
Yuhan Zhu is a second year DPhil student.
She is investigating the structure and growth of epitaxial oxide films and nanostructures.
Axel Forssberg is a first year DPhil student.
He is studying the surface properties of Li-based solid state batteries.
Tairu Ge is a first year DPhil student.
He is carrying out research into strain engineering of 2D and 3D epitaxial oxides.
Weishuo Li is a first year DPhil student.
He is carrying out research into conducting polymer and metal oxide semiconductor gas sensors.
Abi Lister is a first year DPhil student.
She is researching the synthesis of 2D conducting metal-organic frameworks for
Sisheng Shu is a first year DPhil student.
He is carrying out high resolution STM studies of 2D metal-organic frameworks and their properties.
Yingrui Zhao is a first year DPhil student.
She is carrying out research into supported noble metal nanocrystal catalysts.
Former Group Members:
Shuqiu Wang was a DPhil student (2015-19).
Laurence Marks was an academic visitor (2019).
Krishnan Murugappan was a post-doctoral researcher (2015-19).
Yakun Gao was a DPhil student (2013-17).
Xiao Hu was a was a DPhil student (2012-16) and post-doc (2017-18).
Tabitha Jones was a part II student (2016-17).
Jan Seidel was an academic visitor (2016).
Shams ur Rahman was a DPhil student (2010-14) and post-doc (2014-15).
Bruce Bromage was a part II student (2014-15).
Olga Shvarova was a DPhil student (2007-11) and post-doc (2012-13).
Chen Wu was a DPhil student (2006-10) and post-doc (2011-13).
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).