film Thin films are the building blocks of a wide variety of nanomaterials and devices. We possess a wide range of facilities to grow thin films based on organic (polymers or small molecules), metallic and oxide thin films. Techniques span solution based spin-coating or electrodeposition to deposition in high vacuum using for example pulsed laser deposition and sputtering.


Neil Alford


Professor of Physical Electronics and Thin Film Materials, Vice-Dean (Research) Faculty of Engineering

Current research is targeted towards Energy Materials


Thomas Anthopoulos


Professor of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics

Research is centered on understanding the physical properties of functional electronic materials and applying this fundamental understanding to develop improved materials and devices for application in electronics, displays, lighting, energy generation & harvesting and different sensor technologies.


Joao Cabral


Reader in Soft Matter, Department of Chemical Engineering - focus on polymers and microfluids

Research interests are in soft condensed matter, in particular in complex polymer mixtures, multicomponent systems, often containing particles and opolymers. currently studying the thermodynamics and dynamics or polymer blends with a combination of real- and reciprocal-space techniques, including microscopy and AFM, and light, X-ray and neutron scattering.


Mike Finnis


Professor, Chair in Materials Theory and Simulation, Department of Materials

Research interest is in exploring the links between electronic structure of materials, the behaviour of their atoms, thermodynamic functions and the evolution of Microstructure.


Saif Haque


Reader in Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

Research interests lie in the area of solar energy conversion and molecular electronics.


Nicholas Harrison


Professor, Chair of Computational Materials Science, Department of Chemistry

Research interests lie in the area of quantum mechanical modelling of material properties with the aim of discovering new functional materials.


Sandrine Heutz

Reader in Functional Molecular Materials, Department of Materials

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.


Norbert Klein


Professor, Chair in Electromagnetic Nanomaterials, Department of Materials

Main scientific activities are in the area of electromagnetic material characterisation and sensor applications, but also on microwave and terahertz devices for communication and sensing. One current focus is on graphene and related 2D materials.

Arash Mostofi  

Assistant Director of the CDT in Theory and Simulation of Materials, and Director of the Thomas Young Centre for Theory and Simulation, Department of Materials

Research is dedicated to the development and application of first-principles modelling tools for the theory and simulation of materials.


Peter K. Petrov


Research Officer in Thin Film Technology, Department of Materials


Mary Ryan


Professor of Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Department of Materials

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 system.


Stephen Skinner


Professor of Materials Chemistry, Department of Materials

Research interests are in materials for new energy technologies and primarily concerned with the chemical and physical properties of solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes and electrodes, encompassing the electrical and structural characteristics of materials.


Paul Stavrinou


Reader, Department of Physics


Adrian Sutton


Professor, Chairman of CDT in Theory and Simulations of Materials, Department of Physics

Research interests are at the interface between condensed matter physics and materials science. Current work involves theory spanning classical and quantum mechanics, elastic field theory of defects and their interactions in solids, transport of atoms, electrons and heat in solids,  hermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electronic structure and interatomic forces.