Using experimental, theoretical and computational techniques and supported by state-of-the-art facilities, we create and study a variety of advanced materials and nanostructures.

The scope of our work is broad - from materials design and theoretical modelling to materials synthesis and device fabrication - with a special focus on nanoscale characterisation.

Our group consists of approximately 70 academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.


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Dr Stuart Cavill
+44 (0)1904 322200

      Quantum optics, atom optics, semiconductors and optical and electron vortices.

  • Professor Ed Boyes

      Catalysis, electron microscopy.

      Magnetoelectrics, spinwave dynamics, novel magnetic textures.

      Femto-magnetism and spinwave dynamics.

      Spin-transport and spintronics.

      Atomistic spin dynamics, advanced magnetic materials, spintronics.

    Condensed matter theory.

      Catalysis, electron microscopy.

      Many-electron quantum mechanics.

      Spin transport, tight binding models, density functional theory.

      Photonic crystals, silicon photonics.

      Nanomaterials and raman spectroscopy.

      New spintronic materials & electron microscopy (experiment).

      Predictive materials modelling for applications in energy, electronics and catalysis.

      Magnitisation reversal, exchange bias.

      Surface properties of nanomaterials, electron spectroscopy

      Density functional theory, materials modelling.

      Quantum technologies (implementations and theory).

      Scanning electron and probe microscopies, surface science.

      Spin transport and nanothermal imaging.

      Thin film and fine particle magnetism.

      Optomechanics/nanomechanics (theory).

      Femto-magnetism and spinwave dynamics.

      Electron microscopy, electron vortices, nanomaterials.

  • Dr Laura Clark
    Royal Society University Research Fellow
    Image analysis and contrast mechanisms, electron microscopy
    Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, Materials Science
    Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, Materials Science.
    Computational Magnetism
  • Dr Yue Wang
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow
    Nanotechnology, 2D material devices
  • Dr Sitki Aktas
    Density functional theory, materials modelling.
  • Dr James Hussey

           CV – QKD for Free Space Communications


  • Dr Christopher Reardon
  • Photonics.
  • Dr Chuan-Jia Tong
  • Density functional theory, materials modelling.

Application areas

We apply our collective expertise to four key research areas:


Our researchers have strong links to several leading interdisciplinary research centres, including:

Contact us

Dr Stuart Cavill
+44 (0)1904 322200