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Research Interests

The chemistry and structure of solid surfaces and coatings have been common themes throughout my research; with my interests ranging from fundamental studies of ideal substrate-adsorbate systems in ultra-high vacuum, to industrially relevant chemical and mechanical behaviour at alloy-coating-atmosphere interfaces.

Recent work has involved the high temperature oxidation of alloys and the behaviour of lubricants and release agents within manufacturing processes.

Personal Statement

Graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters with Honours in Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry. Awarded a PhD in Physical Chemistry- Surface Chemistry from the University of Glasgow, with Professor Malcolm Kadodwala as my supervisor. Completed a 3 year postdoctoral position for Professor Sibener at the University of Chicago. Recent work has been as the lead researcher in a vital strand of the 3-year, £65 million SAMULET 2 collaborative venture between the UK government and business.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM)
  • Temperature programmed desorption (TPD)
  • Electron stimulated desorption/dissociation (ESD)
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS)
  • Auger electron spectroscopy (AES)
  • Low energy electron diffraction (LEED)

Industrial Relevance

As part of a University of Strathclyde collaboration with Rolls-Royce, spent much of Jan 2013- Jan 2016 onsite at the Barnoldswick manufacturing facility assessing their process and running production trials, based on laboratory based findings. Transference of results to the Singapore plant has led to a 92% increase in output from production runs; equivalent to an 8% increase in annual factory output, with a production value of £12 million at their current capacity. The impact of this work is possibly best appreciated when it is considered that these Singapore-made components are vital to the record breaking aero-engine deal between Rolls-Royce and Emirates Airlines that was signed in April 2015.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Thermal and electron stimulated chemistry of complex adsorbates on metal surfaces, Glasgow University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Master of Chemistry, Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

External positions

Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.

Nov 2009Dec 2012


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