Surface Analysis

Iain E. Dunlop

Dr Iain Dunlop's uses methods from nanotechnology and surface chemistry to address questions in cell biology. In vivo, cells determine their behaviour largely by reacting to their environments; in particular, they respond to specific signals that are located on surfaces that they come into contact with. Such signals are hugely important in ensuring each cell plays its role within multicellular organisms. However, because biological surfaces are complex, it can be difficult to know exactly which features are significant.

Manganese oxides, or manganites, are technologically important materials, used widely as solid oxide fuel cell cathodes.
Electrostatic forces, potentials and charges play a key role in determining the structure and function of proteins, DNA and larger
Calcite (CaCO3) is an important rock forming mineral that is widely found in nature, both in rocks, such as limestone, and in biom

Stephen Skinner

Professor Skinner's research interests centre on the properties and structures of ion conducting oxides, with emphasis on the idenification and characterisation of new materials using in- situ high temperature techniques such as x-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques, secondary ion mass spectrometry and low energy ion scattering. This work has potential applications in the development of solid oxide fuel cell, electrolysis and permeation membranes and more has been identified as having application in the field of novel solid state gas sensors.

Mary Ryan

Professor Mary ryan's current research is in the area of applied electrochemistry and corrosion, with a focus on deposition of nanostructures and the study of self-forming nanocrystalline oxides; as well as fundamental work on degradation and stability of metal systems.

Richard Chater

Dr Richard Chater Instrumentation Research Fellow in the Department of Materials and his research areas include; Thin films, surfaces and interfaces, Research Techniques, Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Surface Analysis : Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), Low energy Ion Scattering (LEIS) and Microscope-based White-light Interferometry

Joao T Cabral

Dr Joao Cabral's Polymers & Microfluidics group is centred on experimental soft condensed matter. They study complex fluids, often multicomponent systems, containing polymers, copolymers, (nano)-particles and surfactants. Microfluidics provides unique opportunities to synthesise, formulate, process and analyse fluids and is therefore explored in their work.Additionally, the group employ extensively scattering (light, X-rays and neutrons), microscopy, calorimetry and spectroscopy - but they also develop their own measurement tools.

Steven Schofield

Dr Schofield's main research interests are in the investigation and manipulation of matter at the atomic scale for fundamental science and for the development of new strategies for constructing devices that exploit quantum properties. He is pursuing these goals through the creation and manipulation of quantum states on surfaces both by the direct manipulation of the intrinsic states at surfaces, and through the molecular functionalization of surfaces using organic molecules.