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Gwenael Atcheson
Gwenael Atcheson
Contact Email:
gatcheson01@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research:
Research involves examination of current-perpendicular-to-plane tunneling magnetoresistive structures created by DC magnetron sputtering, with emphasis on the oxide barrier layer.

Recent Publications: n/a

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Patrick Egan
Patrick Egan
Contact Email:
pa.egan03@gmail.com
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Current Research:
ANSIN

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Tim Farrow
Tim Farrow
Contact Email: tfarrow01@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Probing ionic transport in fuel cell electrolytes and Metal-air batteries

Recent Publications: In Preparation

Recent News: Joined a Band
Mike Hardy
Mike Hardy
Contact Email: mhardy04@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research:

‘Nano-plasmonics and Raman spectroscopy.’ My research thus far has involved the characterisation of nanodome and leaning nanopillargold substrates via surface enhanced Raman scattering / spectroscopy (SERS) at multiple excitation wavelengths (594nm, 633nm, 671nm, 690nm and 780nm) using a custom-built Raman spectrometer.

We are part of the BONAS network and hence, via collaboration with partners, expect that our SERS research will contribute to SERS detector development .


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Recent News: Surface enhanced Raman scattering from gold nanodomes. Poster presentation at SSOP3, Cargѐse, Corsica. [28/07/13 - 03/08/13]
Breandán Hill
Brendan Hill
Contact Email:
bhill02@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research:
Label-free bio-sensing applications using gold nanostructures

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Cathy Hill
Cathy Hill
Contact Email: chill12@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: ANSIN

Recent Publications: n/a

Recent News: None
Kristina Holsgrove
Kristina Holsgrove
Contact Email: kholsgrove04@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Revealing domains hierarchy in ferroelectrics by transmission electron microscopy

Recent Publications: n/a

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Suzanne Gray
Suzanne Gray
Contact Email: sgray16@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: The design and manufacture of nanomagnets with desired properties through controlling factors such as shape, size and chemical composition

Recent Publications: n/a

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Matthew Leebody
Matthew Leebody
Contact Email:
mleebody01@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research:
Heusler Alloys and their Application to Next-Generation Spintronic Devices

Recent Publications: None

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Sinead O'Reilly
Sinead O'Reilly
Contact Email:
soreilly13@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research:
Completing a PhD as part of the Seagate project in ANSIN. Investigating multilayer materials that act as wideband noise filters in the GHz range for use as zero permeability writer shields in hard-drives.

Recent Publications: n/a

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Gunther Scheunert
Gunther Scheunert
Contact Email:
gscheunert01@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research:
Part of the Seagate funded ANSIN team which investigates the next generation of read and write head for hard disk drives. My personal task is to fabricate and analyse new high moment materials which may serve as future write head, i.e. which have a strong and stable magnetization (exceeding present iron-cobalt or -nickel alloys) and therefore may serve in heat assisted magnetic recording based devices.

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Matthew McAuley
Matthew McAuley
Contact Email: mmcauley14@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Hydrogen sensing using designed nanostructures

Recent Publications:

n/a


Recent News: Working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Jonathan Whyte
Jonathan Whyte
Contact Email: jwhyte05@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Controlling ferroelectric domain wall motion and nucleation

Recent Publications: "Ferroelectric domain wall injection" J. R. Whyte, R. G. P. McQuaid, P. Sharma, C. Canalias, J. F. Scott, A. Gruverman and J. M. Gregg ( accepted to Adv Mat, 2013)

Recent News:
  • Contributed talk at IoP Ferroelectrics UK  titled "Controlling Site-Specific Domain Wall Injection and Pinning in Ferroelectrics by Designing Electric Field Heterogeneity"  Sheffield, England, UK  Jan 17th-18th 2013

  • Contributed talk at Workshop on Nanoscale Phenomena in Ferroics and Multiferroics titled "Ferroelectric domain wall injection and positioning via electric field engineering" Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK,  Mar 21st 2013

  • Contributed talk at Materials Research Society - Spring 2013 titled "Controlling Site-Specific Domain Wall Injection and Pinning in Ferroelectrics by Designing Electric Field Heterogeneity" San Francisco, California, USA,  April 1st-5th 2013
             
  • Contributed talk at International Symposium on the Application of Ferroelectrics (ISAF) and Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and Nanoscale Phenomena in Polar Materials (PFM) titled "Ferroelectric domain wall injection and positioning via electric field engineering" Prague, Czech Republic, July 21st-25th 2013   
Frances Morgan
Frances Morgan
Contact Email: fmorgan02@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Fabrication and optical characterisation of noble metal nanostructures

Recent Publications: n/a

Recent News:
  • May 2012 - Poster presentation at Metamorphose 2012, Louven-La-Neuve, Belgium

  • May 2013 - Poster presentation at SPP6, Ottawa, Canada

  • July 2013 - Contributed talk at SSOP3, Cargese, France
             
  • September 2013 - Contributed talk at Photonics Ireland 2013, Belfast, UK   
Colin Forbes
Colin Forbes
Contact Email: cforbes628@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Ultrafast All Optical Magnetic Switching

Recent Publications: n/a

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Alan Douglas
Alan Douglas
Contact Email: adouglas08@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Probing conductivity in domains and domain walls of ferroelectrics

Recent Publications: Increasing recoverable Energy storage in  electroceramic capacitors using "dead layer "  engineering, Applied Physics Letters, 101, 242909, 2012

Recent News:
  • Talks : Ferroelectrics UK 2013 conference, Sheffield - Enhancing Recoverable Energy Storage in Ferroelectric Capacitors using 'Dead Layer' Engineering

  • Posters: COST 2013 workshop, Belfast - Enhancing Recoverable Energy Storage in Ferroelectric Capacitors using 'Dead Layer' Engineering. ISAF conference 2013, Prague - Characterisation of domain wall conductivity in ferroelectric materials.

  • Tutorials attended: ISAF conference 2013, Prague - Basic Principles of Ferroelectricity and Piezo Force Microscopy, and Advanced PFM Techniques ISOE summer school 2013, Corsica - Oxide Electronics
Chris ward
Chris ward
Contact Email: cward19@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: High moment rare earth and transition metal coupled laminates

Recent Publications:
  • Realizing a high magnetic moment in Gd/Cr/FeCo: The role of the rare earth
    Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 092403 (2013)

  • Magnetisation of 2.6T in Gadolinium Thin Films, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 142407
    (2012)

Recent News:

       Conferences:

  • JEMS September2012 Parma, Italy - Poster Presentation -"Saturation
    Magnetisation in Rare Earth and Iron Cobalt coupled Alloys"

  • MML2013 May 2013 Kyoto, Japan - Poster Presentation - "Realizing a high
    magnetic moment in Gd/Cr/FeCo: The role of the rare earth"
Philip Lisk
Philip Lisk
Contact Email: plisk01@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Quadropole actuation of magnetic microparticles for mass transfer enhancement in laminar flow profiles.

Recent Publications: N/A

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Brian Toal
Brian Toal
Contact Email: btoal01@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Magneto Optics, Ferromagnetic Nanostructures and
magneto plamsonics

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James Bennington
James Bennington
Contact Email: jbennington01@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: Computational Modellling of Plasmonic Systems for applications in Heat assisted magnetic recording

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Alexander Amy
Alexander Amy
Contact Email: aamy01@qub.ac.uk
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Current Research: A Plasmonic Antenna for magneto-optical imaging at the deep nanoscale

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Contact Information

Centre for Nanostructured Media (CNM)
International Research Centre for Experimental Physics (IRCEP)
School of Mathematics and Physics
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: 028 9097 3572
Fax: 028 9097 3110

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