The Nanoscience Division covers a wide range of scientific areas in which nanometre scale objects or properties impact upon our lives. It brings together strengths in areas including state-of-the-art microscope development and application, imaging and spectroscopy and covers work on a variety of important organic and inorganic materials. The Division has expertise in experimentation, theory and simulation and comprises two research groupings: the Biomolecular and Chemical Physics group and the Semiconductor Spectroscopy and Devices group.

Current academics

Our current academics and their core interests are:

Research, Emeritus & Visiting Professors

Research, Emeritus and Visiting Professors are:

The Division also includes a number of Facilities and Centres:

Biomolecular & Chemical Physics (BCP)

Research in the Biomolecular and Chemical Physics group focuses on using optical and computational methods to measure and understand the fundamental processes of life.

Our team of academics use a range of spectroscopy and imaging techniques to seamlessly cover the full breadth of time and length scales that are essential to biological function. These range in from real-time studies of molecular-processes in cells up to organism-level imaging and oceanographic remote sensing of algal populations.

Our timescales range from rapid studies of molecular dynamics to decadal studies of natural biomass. Our aim is to enable deeper understanding of complex biological systems through quantitative physics approaches across this range of scales.

Semiconductor Spectroscopy & Devices (SSD)

The Semiconductor Spectroscopy and Devices group combines studies of optical processes in advanced semiconductor materials and the realisation of practical optoelectronic devices. The group has an international reputation for quantum nanoscience and quantum electrical metrology as well as optical and electron-beam micro-spectroscopy of semiconductors (in particular III-nitride compounds that are used for UV and visible LED and laser displays).

Particular interests include:

  • cathodoluminescence and X-ray microanalysis of semiconductors
  • structural studies by electron diffraction (EBSD and ECCI)
  • excitonic and plasmonic enhancements of light emission
  • computer modelling of plasmonic nanostructures, defects in semiconductors and semiconductor alloys
  • gallium oxide for optoelectronic devices
  • ion-beam modified chalcogenides for solar-cell applications

The analysis of the structure, composition, and optical function of heterogeneous materials is achieved on a scale of nanometres by in-house electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and hyperspectral imaging in the scanning electron microscope. The group also carries out computer modelling of defects in semiconductors and semiconductor alloys.