Imperial College London

DrSandrineHeutz

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Reader in Functional Molecular Materials
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 6727s.heutz

 
 
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Location

 

B336Bessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

Sandrine is a Reader in the Department of Materials at Imperial College, which she joined as a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow on 1st January 2007.  She obtained her first degree in Chemistry from the University of Liege, Belgium (1998) and her PhD from Imperial College (2002). Her thesis was entitled "Structural, spectroscopic and morphological properties of molecular thin film heterostructures", with specific emphasis on phthalocyanine and perylene materials. 

During the course of her PhD, Sandrine was awarded a Marie Curie training site fellowship which allowed her to work at TU-Chemnitz, Germany, working in the group of Professor Zahn. She subsequently spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow working on molecular photovoltaic cells at Imperial College.  She then moved to the Department of Physics and London Centre for Nanotechnology at University College London in 2004 to start her Fellowship, entitled "Molecular Magnetic Biosensors". In 2008 Sandrine was awarded the IOM3 Silver Medal. Sandrine is currently a member of MatSEEC, the Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee of the European Science Foundation.

Current research directions are focused on magnetic properties of molecular thin films, spintronic applications, novel fabrication methods for oxides, detailed structural characterisation of films and interfaces, and nanowire devices.  We also work in partnership with industry, for example to explore surfaces with BP-ICAM.

 

NEWS

A report on our outreach activities can be found on the website of Coleridge Primary School.  Many thanks to the Royal Society Partnership scheme for making this happen, as well as to the great resources from Solar Spark!

James passed his PhD thesis on 5/11/14.  Many congratulations Dr Gilchrist!

Hsiang-Han Tseng won the prize for best oral presentation at Core-to-Core JSPS meeting in Otharu, Japan.  Congratulations on a great talk!

Hsiang-Han Tseng prize

Hsiang-Han Tseng (third from left) with other prize winners and Professor Derek Woollins

 

 

Michele Serri passed his PhD thesis on 11/02/14.  Many congratulations!

Magnetism in molecular thin films is getting hot!  

 Our recent paper published in Nature Communications shows that magnetism survives up to 100 K in cobalt phthalocyanine thin films, and can be accessed easily using liquid nitrogen.  See the full paper in Nature Communications, 5, (2014) Article number: 3079. 

One step closer to quantum computing

Research published in Nature has shown that the spin in copper phthalocyanine can survive in a quantum superposition of states for surprisingly long times.  See the full paper in Nature 503 (2013) 504.

 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Warner M, Din S, Tupitsyn IS, et al., 2013, Potential for spin-based information processing in a thin-film molecular semiconductor, Nature, Vol:503, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:504-+

Serri M, Wu W, Fleet LR, et al., 2014, High-temperature antiferromagnetism in molecular semiconductor thin films and nanostructures, Nature Communications, Vol:5, ISSN:2041-1723

Heutz S, Mitra C, Wu W, et al., 2007, Molecular thin films: A new type of magnetic switch, Advanced Materials, Vol:19, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:3618-+

Gardener JA, Liaw I, Aeppli G, et al., 2010, A novel route for the inclusion of metal dopants in silicon, Nanotechnology, Vol:21, ISSN:0957-4484

Gardener JA, Liaw I, Aeppli G, et al., 2011, Oxide Nanoparticle Thin Films Created Using Molecular Templates, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:115, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:13151-13157

Cruickshank AC, Dotzler CJ, Din S, et al., 2012, The Crystalline Structure of Copper Phthalocyanine Films on ZnO(1(1)over-bar00), Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:134, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:14302-14305

Palamarciuc T, Oberg JC, El Hallak F, et al., 2012, Spin crossover materials evaporated under clean high vacuum and ultra-high vacuum conditions: from thin films to single molecules, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol:22, ISSN:0959-9428, Pages:9690-9695

Wang H, Mauthoor S, Din S, et al., 2010, Ultra long Copper Phthalocyanine Nanowires with New Crystal Structure and Broad Optical Absorption, ACS Nano, Vol:4, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:3921-3926

Warner M, Mauthoor S, Felton S, et al., 2012, Spin-Based Diagnostic of Nanostructure in Copper Phthalocyanine-C-60 Solar Cell Blends, ACS Nano, Vol:6, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:10808-10815

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