It was great to have our group Christmas meal in Manchester which coincided with a celebration of Hoyeon’s thesis submission!
A fully-funded joint PhD project between Dr Alex Walton (Manchester Chemistry) and the Parkinson group is being advertised for a 2023 start. The project is based on correlating fast and slow measurements – optical and photoelectronic studies – of novel electrocatalytic materials. It is well suited for a student with an interest in green hydrogen production and experience in surface chemistry or physics and experimental skills.
For more information, see the advert at https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/correlative-operando-spectroscopy-of-electrocatalysts-for-green-hydrogen-production/
Group postdoc Stephen Church was awarded the “best early-career-researcher” presentation prize at the Rank Prize Symposium meeting in Grasmere. The meeting Nanowire Photonics was chaired by Prof. Martin Dawson (Strathclyde), Prof. Hannah Joyce (Cambridge) and Prof. Michael Johnston (Oxford).
Congratulations to Stephen!
The group was well represented at the Rank Prize symposium in Grasmere. The high-throughput and automation session included invited talks from Patrick, Stephen Church and Ruqaiya Al-Abri.
Group postdoc Stephen Church has submitted his most recent work to the arXiv preprint server. In this new work, Stephen carried out optical, microscopic, and electron micrograph characterization of over 5000 nanowire lasers. By correlating geometry effects which affect the nanolaser cavity, and material quality that affect gain material, we show that surprisingly material quality remains the limiting factor for low-threshold and high yield operation.
The group welcomes a new PhD student, Tharaka Weeraddana, who joins us on a University of Manchester Diversity Enhancement Scholarship. Tharaka will work with co-supervisor Andrew Thomas (Materials) to apply high-throughput approaches to liquid-phase nanomaterials. He joins from Sri Lanka via Masters research at Bowling Green State University.
Patrick attended the annual Future Leaders Fellowship meeting in Birmingham.
Patrick and Stephen traveled to Cardiff University to meet Kubos representatives as part of the Impact Accelerator Kick-off meeting. Stephen will spend half of his time developing our spectroscopy tools to support novel materials develop over the next 12 month as part of a secondment to Kubos.
The group has been awarded a 1-year “impact accelerator” grant with Kubos Semi, to fund a 6 month secondment of group PDRA Stephen Church. In this project, Stephen will translate our high-throughput methodology towards in-line optimization of emerging semiconductor materials.
Kubos develop cubic-phase GaN which can be grown on large diameter silicon carbide-on-silicon substrates for scale up of high-efficiency LEDs, and emission across the spectrum.
The project runs from October 2022-September 2023.