Scheme: Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
Organisation: University of Surrey
Dates: Feb 2015-Apr 2016
Summary: My research interests are focused around the development and study of new materials with enhanced electronic and optical properties. In the work relating to my Fellowship I am investigating a family of ‘glassy’ materials called chalcogenides that display a particularly rich combination of structural, electronic and optical behaviour, that has to date been used in memory, optical, and photonic technologies. These materials also behave as semiconductors but typically only conduct holes (positively charged particles). My recent work has now led to a method of also enabling chalcogenides to conduct electrons and has thus opened up a new area of potential research and application for these materials. During this Fellowship I shall be exploring this method in detail, aiming to obtain an fully understanding of the underlying mechanisms that enable us to control the type of conduction in these materials. In doing so, new insight into how it may be possible to further control these and other properties of chalcogenide materials will be realised. I also lead research into the development and use of non-toxic semiconductor nanoparticles for optoelectronic and bio-imaging applications, and a team of researchers developing interdisciplinary routes to address the emerging challenge of antimicrobial resistance.