Magnetic characterisation

Scientists have managed to switch on and off the magnetism of a new material using quantum mechanics, making the material a testbe
LCN scientists take an important step in developing a material using nano-sized magnets that could lead to new electronic devices.

Quentin Pankhurst

Prof Pankhurst runs research programmes in bio- and nanomagnetism aimed at making practical advances in the use of magnetic nanoparticles in healthcare. These include a medical tool for breast cancer staging; a molecular imaging microscope for living cells; and the development of multi-functional nanoparticles for therapy and diagnostics.


A breakthrough in understanding materials for next-generation electronic devices An international team of scientists has developed

Adrian Muxworthy

Adrian is currently a Reader in Earth and Planetary Magnetism at Imperial College London, where he heads the Natural Magnetism Group. He was a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 2004 to 2012. Before that he held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, Univ. München and the GFZ Potsdam. He completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, and was an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh. He spent a year at the GFZ Potsdam whilst a Royal Society URF.

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Will Branford

Dr Will Branford is a Senior Lecturer in the Experimental Solid State group of the Condensed Matter Physics section of the Physics department. He is part of the management group of the London Centre for Nanotechnology and active in the nanotechnology effort at Imperial. His main research focus is the interplay between structure, magnetic and electronic properties of materials. His background is in solid state chemistry where the structuring was at the atomic scale. He also makes uses of nanofabrication to form arrays where there is structuring at the nanoscale.

Sandrine Heutz

Professor Heutz's research concentrates on the growth and characterisation of organic thin films with interesting optoelectronic and magnetic properties. The material components are based on polyaromatic molecules such as phthalocyanines, and porphyrins, close analogues to natural products (e.g. chlorophyll). Particular emphasis is placed on developing growth methods to obtain new types of structures and morphologies, and charge-transfer complexes.

Lesley Cohen

Professor Lesley Cohen's  interests include the study of magnetic materials (for solid state magnetic cooling using magnetocalorics) and highly spin polarised magnetic materials (for spintronics and long range spin triplet superconductivity) as well as an interest in transport properties of high mobility materials such as narrow gap semiconductors and graphene, superconductors (in particular gap structure and vortex pinning), and Raman spectroscopy (surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy as a tool to understand Fuel Cell materials).