Professor Alan Drew
Head of Centre for Condense Matter Physics | Professor of Experimental Physics | Director of the Materials Research Institute
Email: email@example.comTelephone: 020 7882 3435Room Number: G.O. Jones Building, Room 213
Professor Alan Drew was appointed Leverhulme Fellow in the Centre for Condensed Matter & Materials Physics in 2008. He was rapidly promoted to Senior Lecturer (2011) and then Reader (2012), and in 2018 was promoted to Professor. Prof. Drew has been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships and awards over his career, starting with a Fellowship of the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851 (2004), Leverhulme Fellow (2008), European Research Council (ERC) Fellow (2012), Talent 1000 Scholar of the Chinese Ministry of Education (2014) and Changjiang Distinguished Professor at Sichuan University (2015). He is currently Head of the CCMMP Research Centre, and Director of the Materials Research Institute.
His main research interests are using spin sensitive and structural probes situated at central facilities to characterise and understand the fundamental properties of materials, with applications in areas such as spin and charge carrier dynamics in organic and biological materials, energy materials, spintronics, novel quantum states and biomass nanostructured carbons.
Update April 2021: Delivering Battery Revolution: Reducing The Drivers of Climate Change in Indonesia
National Battery Research Institute (NBRI) in Indonesia and Queen Mary University London (QMUL), in collaboration with the British Council, are pleased to invite you to participate in a Climate Challenge Workshop on “Delivering Battery Revolution: Reducing The Drivers of Climate Change in Indonesia” to be held 12-14th July 2021.
The aim of this Climate Challenge Workshop is to harness the power of people all over the world – particularly young people and those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change – to connect and collaborate through culture and education to combat climate change. This workshop will explain the causes and the role that Indonesia has on climate change, locally and globally, across different economic sectors (e.g transport, energy, industry, tourism, household) as well as the social and economic impact that climate change will have on Indonesia. It will address the solutions, whether technological or socioeconomic, by the following themes:
- Climate change specific to Indonesia - causes and effects.
- Technological solutions that combine renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro) with batteries, put into the context of a battery transport revolution in Indonesia
- Socioeconomic, policy and financial barriers to climate change solutions in Indonesia
We seek an expression of interest in joining a pre-workshop networking session to be held in May, which will enable attendees to form interdisciplinary and international teams to bid for research funding in the area of climate change, batteries and energy production/usage in Indonesia. The total Challenge Prize is £30,000. The expression of interest deadline is short (20th May), with the final proposals due 22nd June.
There is also an opportunity to submit an abstract for talk (deadline also 22th June), and there will be Dissemination Awards for those that give the best talks, to be used to present at a conference later in the year.
For more information, please go to our website at http://n-bri.org/event/climate-challenge-workshop
Prof. Alan Drew (QMUL / Chair)
Prof. Evvy Kartini (NBRI / Vice-Chair)
The prizes of a total of £20,000 will be awarded for in the region of 4 excellent research proposals, with a maximum prize value of £8,000. These challenge research prizes are aimed at enabling ECRs to undertake a piece of original research involving the thematic subject covered by the workshop. Please register your interest by the 20th May, and you will be contacted with information about the networking event that will enable teams to be formed and the application to be made.
In addition, DA will be a prize fund of total £10,000 with a maximum budget of £2k per person. This will be awarded to speakers at the workshop in order to present their work at an international climate change conference. ECRs are welcome to submit an abstract to present their research on climate change at the workshop, where the best speakers will be chosen. The deadline for this is June 22nd and we encourage potential candidates to await the announcement of whether our activities will be awarded an exhibition stand at COP26 in Glasgow before applying.
Time frequency analysis of musical instruments (BSc / MSci)
This project will develop computer code (in Matlab) to analyse the frequency, or pitch, content of the sounds produced by musical instruments. There are three methods to be considered, each building on the knowledge gained in previous methods.
- Fourier Analysis: The classic method, using Fourier analysis, identifies fundamentals and overtones of individual notes. The project will develop codes and understanding to undertake Fourier transforms that are able to identify the note played (e.g A, B, C etc.) and the instrument on which it is played.
- Spectrograms: This second method analyses the changes in fundamental frequencies and overtones over time as several notes are played (i.e time dependent Fourier analysis). Spectrograms produce a time-frequency description of a musical passage, which might be a more accurate way to determine the instrument being played.
- Scalograms: This third method produces far more detailed time-frequency descriptions within the region of the time-frequency plane typically occupied by musical sounds, typically using wavelets as the primary analysis tool. Scalograms allow one to zoom in on selected regions of the time-frequency plane in a more flexible manner than is possible with spectrograms. They have a natural interpretation of musical scale, as they can be more useful than the spectrogram for analysing real-world signals with features occurring at different scales — for example, signals with slowly varying events punctuated by abrupt transients.
Depending on progress in the project, it is anticipated that all three of these techniques could be used. It is anticipated that they will be used to analyse music played on a piano and a guitar (plus any other instrument at the student’s discretion – or even voice!). The two time-frequency methods, spectrograms and scalograms, will be compared to the classic Fourier approach.
Software for analysing muon spin rotation/relaxation/resonance data (BSc / MSci)
This project will develop computer code (in Matlab) to analyse time dependent muon spin rotation/relaxation/resonance (MuSR) data taken at central facilities. It will involve creating read-in routines of raw detector counts, and correctly handling the data to robustly form physically meaningful quantities. An understanding of the physics of the MuSR instruments, MuSR measurements and muon physics will be developed by the student. The project will then develop appropriate physically meaningful models to fit to some simple data from a material physics background (e.g a semiconductor or metal), and a comparison to standard software will be made to benchmark the developed software. Depending on progress, the project could be extended to more challenging physics problems, more complex analysis methods (e.g frequency-time analysis) or developing physical models for the parameters extracted from fitting the muon data.
Technological solutions to climate change (Review)
This project will review the causes and drivers of climate change, their effect and the potential technological solutions to mitigate the effects of and reduce the drivers of climate change, covering both the developed and developing world. Starting with an outline of the problems (e.g Indonesia is the 5th largest CO2 emitter - why? What about China, largest producer, but on behalf of who?), it will then go onto cover the science behind the climate (involving atmospheric physics, heat absorption due to CO2 etc.) and then move on to what specifical problems that various countries may face in the future. The major part of this review, however, will be technological solutions to reducing CO2 from being made in the first place as well as reducing the impact of any climate change driven problems. It will involve estimating the impact of different technologies (i.e their capability to deliver) when compared to the overall problem. Example technologies to consider are carbon dioxide sequestration, hydrogen cells (combined with carbon sequestration?), battery electric vehicles, solar/wind power generation and storage etc.... This could also include an analysis of full-life-cycle carbon costs of these technologies, which is both complex to calculate and an underused method when governments form policy.
Professor Drew's main research interests are using spin sensitive and structural probes situated at central facilities to characterise and understand the fundamental properties of materials, backed up with laboratory based techniques (e.g magnetic, structural and electrical characterisation, thin film growth, raman/IR spectroscopy, electro/photo luminescence). His main research topics are:
- Understanding spin and charge carrier dynamics in organic and biological materials, relevant for energy (solar cells), data storage (spintronics) and biological systems (electron stransfer)
- The properties of materials with novel quantum mechanical states, relevant for energy (quantum dots for solar cells) and novel quantum states
- Structure function relationships in biomass derived carbons, relevant for energy (solar cells and battery materials)
He is also active in international develpoment, most recently having founded the Indonesian National Batteries Research Institute (2020) funded via institutional GCFR QR grant, and a British Council Researcher Links Climate Change workshop “Delivering a battery revolution - reducing the drivers of climate change in Indonesia”), which is a satellite workshop of COP26 to be held in Glasgow.
Examples of research funding:
- £49,700 British Council - GCRF (February 2021 – March 2022): Researchers Links COP26 Workshop “Delivering a battery revolution - reducing the drivers of climate change in Indonesia”
- £11,880 STFC (September 2020 – April 2021): In-situ in-operando x-ray absorption cell for electrochemical experiments
- £49,800 (January 2020 – July 2021), GCRF: Indonesian National Batteries Research Institute.
- £1,361,836 (January 2018 – July 2021), EPSRC EP/R021554/1 “ISCF Wave 1:Designing Electrodes for Na Ion Batteries via Structure Electrochemical Performance Correlations”. Co-investigator (M. Titirici as PI).
- £20,000 (Nov 2018 - June 2019), GCRF funding for scientific and policy workshop on biomass derived functional materials, Indonesia April 2019.
- £24,000 (March 2014 – March 2016) Royal Society and Chinese National Science Foundation Joint International Project, with Prof. Song Gao of Peking University, on molecular magnetism.
- £1.7M (17M Yuan, August 2013), Chinese Ministry of Education. Laboratory refurbishment for the Sino- British Materials Research Institute. Co-investigator (W. Gillin as PI).
- €1,486,000 (December 2012 – November 2017) European Research Council Starting Independent Researcher Grant, “MuSES: Muon Spectroscopy of Excited States”. Primary Investigator.
- €309,000 (July 2011 – June 2014) EU-FP7 NMP programme: “Next Generation Hybrid Interfaces for Spintronics Applications”. Primary Investigator.
- £267,447 (October 2009- April 2012), EPSRC EP/G054568/1 “Investigation of intrinsic charge and spin transport mechanisms in organic molecules”. Primary Investigator.
- £81,000 (September 2008 – September 2011), Early Career Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust. Primary investigator.
- CHF 600,000 (submission date September 2007), Swiss National Science Foundation (Independent Research) 200020-119784 “Interplay of magnetic correlations with electronic transport and superconductivity in oxides with strongly correlated charge carriers and subsequent multilayers”. Co-investigator (C. Bernhard as PI).
- CHF 330,000 (submission date February 2007), Swiss National Science Foundation (R’Equip) 206021- 117403 “Multipurpose chemical vapour deposition system and carousel for sample transfer from existing pulsed laser deposition system”. Co-investigator (K Fromm as PI).
- CHF 800,000 (March 2006 – March 2009) FriMat private donation “Epitaxial perovskite oxide growth”. Co- investigator (C. Bernhard as PI).
- CHF 250,000 (submission date February 2006), Swiss National Science Foundation (R’Equip) 206021- 113057: “Pulsed laser deposition system for epitaxial perovskite oxide growth”. Co-investigator (C. Bernhard as PI).
- £50,000 (October 2004 – October 2006), Research Fellowship of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Primary Investigator.
- £25,765 in small grants from the Royal Society, STFC, University of London and EPSRC for travel, consumables and small equipment.
Career income to date: £7.1M approx. (since 2004).
- Dunstan D, Crowne J, Drew AJ (2022), Easy computation of the Bayes factor to fully quantify Occam’s razor in least-squares fitting and to guide actions $nameOfConference
- Alptekin H, Au H, Olsson E et al. (2021), Elucidation of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase Formation Mechanism in Micro-Mesoporous Hard-Carbon Anodes $nameOfConference
- Yokoyama K, Lord JS, Miao J et al. (2021), Decoupling bulk and surface recombination properties in silicon by depth-dependent carrier lifetime measurements $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1063/5.0054291
- Jingliang M, Wang K, Murahari P et al. (2021), Reply to: On the observation of photo-excitation effects in molecules using muon spin spectroscopy $nameOfConference
- Titirici MM, Alptekin H, Au H et al. (2020), Sodium storage mechanism investigations through structural changes in hard carbons $nameOfConference
- Au H, Alptekin H, Jensen ACS et al. (2020), A revised mechanistic model for sodium insertion in hard carbons $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1039/d0ee01363c
- Jensen ACS, Au H, Gärtner S et al. (2020), Solvation of NaPF6 in diglyme solution for battery electrolytes $nameOfConference
- Yang Z, Drew AJ, Van Smaalen S et al. (2020), Multiple magnetic-phase transitions and critical behavior of charge-density wave compound TbTe
- Dunstan D, Xie F, Cao Y et al. (2020), Explanation of the Colour Change in Alexandrites $nameOfConference
- Drew A (2020), Elucidating the Effect of Planar Graphitic Layers and Cylindrical Pores on the Storage and Diffusion of Li, Na, and K in Carbon Materials $nameOfConference
- Jensen ACS, Olsson E, Au H et al. (2019), Local mobility in electrochemically inactive sodium in hard carbon anodes after the first cycle $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1039/c9ta10113f
- Xie F, Xu Z, Jensen A et al. (2019), Unveiling the role of hydrothermal carbon dots as anodes in sodium-ion batteries with ultrahigh initial Coulombic efficiency $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1039/c9ta11369j
- Xie F, Xu Z, Jensen ACS et al. (2019), Sodium‐Ion Batteries: Hard–Soft Carbon Composite Anodes with Synergistic Sodium Storage Performance (Adv. Funct. Mater. 24/2019) $nameOfConference
- DREW ALAN, Araullo-Peters V, XIE F et al. (2019), Hard-Soft Carbon Composite Anodes with Synergistic Sodium Storage Performance $nameOfConference
- Yokoyama K, Lord JS, Miao J et al. (2017), Photoexcited Muon Spin Spectroscopy: A New Method for Measuring Excess Carrier Lifetime in Bulk Silicon. $nameOfConference
- DREW AJ, Miao, Murahari et al. (2017), A new method for measuring excess carrier lifetime in bulk silicon: Photoexcited muon spin spectroscopy $nameOfConference
- Yokoyama K, Lord JS, Murahari P et al. (2016), The new high field photoexcitation muon spectrometer at the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1063/1.4972827
- DREW AJ, wang K, Murahari P et al. (2016), Temporal mapping of photochemical reactions and molecular excited states with carbon specificity $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1038/nmat4816
- DREW AJ, Wang, Schulz L et al. (2016), Spintronic and electronic phenomena in organic molecules measured with μSR $nameOfConference
- Phillips AE, Drew AJ (2015), Local atomic and magnetic structure of 1D spin-chains in multiferroic copper guanidinium formate $nameOfConference
- Han S, Wang K, Willis M et al. (2014), Muonium avoided level crossing measurement of electron spin relaxation rate in a series of substituted anthradithiophene based molecules $nameOfConference
- Nuccio L, Schulz L, Drew AJ (2014), Muon spin spectroscopy: magnetism, soft matter and the bridge between the two $nameOfConference
- Zhang HT, Han S, Desai P et al. (2014), Ferromagnetic-organic interfacial states and their role on low voltage current injection in tris-8-hydroxyquinloline (Alq
3) organic spin valves $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1063/1.4902539
- Morley NA, Drew AJ, Zhang H et al. (2014), Study of the magnetic-Alq
3interface in organic spin-valves $nameOfConference
- Droghetti A, Steil S, Grossmann N et al. (2014), Electronic and magnetic properties of the interface between metal-quinoline molecules and cobalt $nameOfConference
- Zhang H, Desai P, Zhan YQ et al. (2014), The importance of holes in aluminium tris-8-hydroxyquinoline (Alq(3)) devices with Fe and NiFe contacts $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1063/1.4861120
- Schulz L, Wang K, Willis M et al. (2014), Measurement of hyperfine coupling constants of muoniated radicals in small molecule semiconductors $nameOfConference
- Morley NA, Drew AJ, Zhang H et al. (2014), Study of the magnetic-Alq3 interface in organic spin-valves $nameOfConference
- Yokoyama K, Murahari P, Heathcote P et al. (2013), Future directions of mu SR-laser excitation $nameOfConference
- Nuccio L, Willis M, Schulz L et al. (2013), Importance of spin-orbit interaction for the electron spin relaxation in organic semiconductors. $nameOfConference
- Prezioso M, Riminucci A, Graziosi P et al. (2013), A single-device universal logic gate based on a magnetically enhanced memristor. $nameOfConference
- Bernhard C, Wang CN, Nuccio L et al. (2012), Muon spin rotation study of magnetism and superconductivity in Ba(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2 single crystals $nameOfConference
- Zhang S, Rolfe NJ, Desai P et al. (2012), Modeling of positive and negative organic magnetoresistance in organic light-emitting diodes $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Szulczewski G, Nuccio L et al. (2012), The role of interfaces in organic spin valves revealed through spectroscopic and transport measurements $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Szulczewski G, Nuccio L et al. (2011), Front Cover: The role of interfaces in organic spin valves revealed through spectroscopic and transport measurements (Phys. Status Solidi B 1/2012) $nameOfConference
- Schulz L, Willis M, Nuccio L et al. (2011), Importance of intramolecular electron spin relaxation in small molecule semiconductors $nameOfConference
- Nuccio L, Fodera V, Pratt FL et al. (2011), Studying electron transfer in oligopeptides through mu SR $nameOfConference
- Zhang SJ, Drew AJ, Kreouzis T et al. (2011), Modelling of organic magnetoresistance as a function of temperature using the triplet polaron interaction $nameOfConference
- Rolfe NJ, Heeney M, Wyatt PB et al. (2011), The effect of deuteration on organic magnetoresistance $nameOfConference
- Schulz L, Nuccio L, Willis M et al. (2011), Engineering spin propagation across a hybrid organic/inorganic interface using a polar layer. $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1038/nmat2962
- Nuccio L, Schulz L, Willis M et al. (2011), Electron spin relaxation in organic semiconductors probed through mu SR $nameOfConference
- Schulz L, Nuccio L, Willis M et al. (2011), Engineering spin propagation across a hybrid organic/inorganic interface using a polar layer. $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1038/nmat2912
- Gillin WP, Zhang SJ, Rolfe NJ et al. (2010), Determining the influence of excited states on current transport in organic light emitting diodes using magnetic field perturbation $nameOfConference
- Song JY, Stingelin N, Drew AJ et al. (2010), Effect of excited states and applied magnetic fields on the measured hole mobility in an organic semiconductor $nameOfConference
- Marsik P, Kim KW, Dubroka A et al. (2010), Coexistence and Competition of Magnetism and Superconductivity on the Nanometer Scale in Underdoped BaFe1.89Co0.11As2 $nameOfConference
- Rolfe NJ, Heeney M, Wyatt PB et al. (2009), Elucidating the role of hyperfine interactions on organic magnetoresistance using deuterated aluminium tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Wisemayer MW, Heron DOG et al. (2009), Using spin-polarized neutron reflectivity to probe mesoscopic vortex states in a Pb thin-film superconductor $nameOfConference
- Bernhard C, Drew AJ, Schulz L et al. (2009), Muon spin rotation study of magnetism and superconductivity in BaFe2-xCoxAs2 and Pr1-xSrxFeAsO $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Niedermayer C, Baker PJ et al. (2009), Coexistence of static magnetism and superconductivity in SmFeAsO(1-x)F(x) as revealed by muon spin rotation. $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1038/nmat2396
- Hoppler J, Stahn J, Niedermayer C et al. (2009), Giant superconductivity-induced modulation of the ferromagnetic magnetization in a cuprate-manganite superlattice. $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1038/nmat2383
- Park JT, Inosov DS, Niedermayer C et al. (2009), Electronic phase separation in the slightly underdoped iron pnictide superconductor Ba1-xKxFe2As2 $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Hoppler J, Schulz L et al. (2009), Direct measurement of the electronic spin diffusion length in a fully functional organic spin valve by low-energy muon spin rotation $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1038/NMAT2333
- Drew A (2009), Muons create better understanding of organic semiconductors ELECTRONIC MATERIALS $nameOfConference
- Muelhauser F, Baggio-Saitovitch E, Bharuth-Ram K et al. (2008), Exotic beam research for advanced engineering materials $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Pratt FL, Lancaster T et al. (2008), Coexistence of magnetic fluctuations and superconductivity in the pnictide high temperature superconductor SmFeAsO1-xFx measured by muon spin rotation. $nameOfConference
- Dubroka A, Kim KW, Rössle M et al. (2008), Superconducting energy gap and c-axis plasma frequency of (Nd,Sm)FeAsO0.82F0.18 superconductors from infrared ellipsometry. $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Pratt FL, Hoppler J et al. (2008), Intrinsic mobility limit for anisotropic electron transport in Alq3. $nameOfConference
- Ogrin FY, Weekes SM, Cubitt B et al. (2007), Polarized neutron reflectivity investigation of periodic magnetic rings $nameOfConference
- Bernhard C, Niedermayer C, Drew A et al. (2007), Muon-spin rotation study of magnetism in NaxCoO(2) single crystals with 0.78 <= x <= 0.97 $nameOfConference
- Chang J, Mesot J, Gilardi R et al. (2006), Neutron scattering investigations of the Abrikosov state of high-temperature superconductors $nameOfConference
- Menon GI, Drew A, Divakar UK et al. (2006), Muons as local probes of three-body correlations in the mixed state of type-II superconductors $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Lee SL, Ogrin FY et al. (2006), Muon spin rotation measurements on LaNiSn $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Heron DOG, Divakar UK et al. (2006), mu SR measurements on the vortex lattice of La1.83Sr0.17CuO4 $nameOfConference
- Drew AJ, Heron DOG, Divakar UK et al. (2006), μsR measurements on the vortex lattice of La
1.83Sr 0.17CuO 4$nameOfConference
- Charalambous D, Forgan EM, Ramos S et al. (2006), Driven vortices in type-II superconductors: A muon spin rotation study $nameOfConference
- Mesot J, Chang J, Kohlbrecher J et al. (2005), Combined neutron scattering and muon-spin rotation investigations of the abrikosov state of high-temperature superconductors $nameOfConferenceDOI: 10.1117/12.615635
- Drew AJ, Lee SL, Charalambous D et al. (2005), Coexistence and coupling of superconductivity and magnetism in thin film structures. $nameOfConference
- Gilardi R, Mesot J, Brown SP et al. (2004), Square vortex lattice at anomalously low magnetic fields in electron-doped Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4 $nameOfConference
- Gilardi R, Mesot J, Drew AJ et al. (2004), Field-induced hexagonal to square transition of the vortex lattice in overdoped La1.8Sr0.2CuO4 $nameOfConference
- Divakar U, Drew AJ, Lee SL et al. (2004), Direct observation of the flux-line vortex glass phase in a type II superconductor. $nameOfConference
- Drew A, Lee SL, Divakar UK et al. (2004), Novel characterisation of coupled magnetic and superconductor order in thin film hybrid structures. $nameOfConference
- Gilardi R, Streule S, Mesot J et al. (2003), A small angle neutron scattering study of the vortex matter in La
2-xSr xCuO 4(x = 0.17) $nameOfConference
- Gilardi R, Streule S, Mesot J et al. (2003), A small angle neutron scattering study of the vortex matter in La2-xSrxCuO4 (x=0.17) $nameOfConference
- Pratt FL, Blundell SJ, Marshall IM et al. (2003), mu SR studies of magnetic superconductors based on the BETS molecule $nameOfConference
- Pratt FL, Marshall IM, Blundell SJ et al. (2003), Angle-dependent vortex structure in a high anisotropy superconductor $nameOfConference
- Gilardi R, Mesot J, Drew A et al. (2002), Direct evidence for an intrinsic square vortex lattice in the overdoped high-T-c superconductor La1.83Sr0.17CuO4+delta $nameOfConference
Current Research Group:
- Evangelin Hutamaningtyas (January 2020 - Present): Developing Sn-carbon composite anode materials for sodium ion batteries
- Licheng Zhang (October 2020 - Present): Excitons and electron spin relaxation in semiconductors probed with muon spin rotation/resonance/relaxation
- Dr Oliver Dicks (November 2020 - Present): Structure-Function relationships in carbon anodes for sodium ion batteries
A list of new PhD projects are available here. Please note this is not an exclusive or exhaustive list; if intersted in a project you think I might be able to supervise, please get in contact.
Past Postdoctoral Researchers
- Dr Anders Jensen (Jan 2018 – June 2020), funded by EPSRC. Now: permanent scientist at the Danish Institute of Technology
- Dr Koji Yokoyama (Dec 2012 – Nov 2017), Funded by ERC. Now: permanent scientist at the STFC.
- Dr S. Zhang (Jan 2012 – April 2012), funded by EPSRC. Now: full professor of physics, Sichuan University.
- Dr. P Desai (July 2011 – June 2014), funded by the EU. Now: running his own optics business.
- Dr L. Nuccio (Oct 2009 – Dec 2011), funded by EPSRC. Now: working as a quant.
Past PhD students
- Miao Jingliang (October 2014- Sept 2018). Project: photomusr in organic and conventional semiconductors
- Adgar Yang (from October 2015 - Sept 2019). Project: Magnetism in organic-metallic complexes
- Prashantha Murahari (December 2012 – November 2016). Project: Electron transfer in donor-acceptor peptides.
- Wang Ke (October 2012 – October 2016). Project: Electron dynamics in organic semiconductors.
- Shou Han (September 2012 – September 2016). Project: Ferroelectric and multiferroic thin film growth and characterisation.
- Carlos Aristizabal (September 2010 - June 2014). Project: Investigation of magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic materials.
- Hongtao Zhang (September 2010 – July 2014). Project: Engineering hybrid organic/inorganic interfaces.
- Maureen Willis (July 2009 – February 2012). Project: The role of spin-orbit coupling on electronic spin relaxation rates in the metal-hydroxyquinolates and related systems.
- Leander Schulz (April 2007 – September 2010). Project: Spin and charge transport in organic semiconductors. Submitted thesis in September 2010.
- Vivek Kumar-Malik (September 2006 - September 2009). Project: Growth of metal-oxide superlattices and associated characterisation.
- Justin Hoppler (May 2006 - June 2009). Project: Interaction of magnetism and superconductivity in Superconducting/ferromagnetic superlattices.
- Changjiang Distinguished Professor (2015)
- Talent 1000 Scholar of the Chinese Ministry of Education (2014)
- European Research Council Fellow (2012)
- Leverhulme Fellow (2008)
- 1851 Fellow (2004)
- Hon. Secretary of the Institute of Physics Environmental Physics Group (2021-Present)
- International advisor to the Indonesian Minister for Research and Technology (2021 - Present)
- Indonesian National Research Priorities Leader: batteries for static power storage (2021 - Present)
- International Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Magnetism and its Applications (2020 - Present)
- Cofounder and Director of the Indonesian National Batteries Research Institute (2020 - Present)
- Director of the Materials Research Institute, QMUL (2018-Present)
- Head of the Research Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, QMUL (2016-Present)
- Academic lead for REF 2021 UoA9 (2018-2021)
- Hon. Secretary of the IOP Magnetism Group (2015-2019)
- Member of the Materials and Life Sciences Advisory Panel of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (2012-2017)
- Member of a panel of experts on radiactive beam technology for the IAEA, Vienna, and co-signatory for a research agreement between QMUL and the IAEA on radiation damage in materials
- Scientific advisory board member of a number of international conferences, referee of a number of articles in scientific journals, scientific referee for NIST NCNR, American Chemical Society, EPSRC, EU H2020, and STFC Facilities Access Panel.
- 2018 - Present: Professor of Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, QMUL
- 2012 - 2018: Reader in Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, QMUL
- 2011 - 2012: Senior Lecturer, School of Physics and Astronomy, QMUL
- 2008 - 2011: Leverhulme Fellow, Department of Physics, QMUL, UK. Additional post: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (from September 2008).
- 2006 - 2008: öberassistant (Senior scientist), Department of Physics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Additional posts: Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (until Oct 2006) & Visiting Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London (until September 2008).
- 2004 - 2006: Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Split between: School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, UK; ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK; and the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland.
- 2000 - 2004: Ph.D. Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews.
- 1999 - 2000: M.Phil. Materials Engineering (M.Res.), University of Birmingham.
- 1996 - 1999 2:1 B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics, University of Birmingham.