Physics PhD supervisors

The following staff are happy to hear from potential students seeking supervision for a PhD in Physics.

NameResearch interestResearch theme
Prof Andrei Andreyev Laser-assisted nuclear decay spectroscopy (alpha/beta/gamma), radii and shapes of nuclei, radioactive ion beams, non-traditional fission studies   
Dr Charles Barton    
Dr Mikhail Bashkanov Hadron physics, exotic particles (hexaquarks, pentaquarks, hybrids), photon beams, nuclear equation of state, nuclear medicine techniques  
Prof Mike Bentley Nuclear Physics, specialising in the study of exotic nuclei, gamma-ray spectroscopy techniques and the physics of isospin in nuclei.    
Dr Emily Brunsden    
Dr Stuart Cavill Magnetoelectrics; Spinwave dynamics; Polarised X-ray spectroscopy  
Prof Roy Chantrell Computational and theoretical models of magnetic materials with application to ultrafast magnetism, magnetic information storage, and biomagnetism  Technologies for the future 
Dr Istvan Cziegler Magnetically confined fusion plasmas and reactor studies; experimental studies of plasma turbulence; diagnostic development; simulation validation   
Prof Irene D'Amico Entanglement, quantum computing, quantum thermodynamics, spin transport and dynamics, many-body physics, density functional theory Technologies for the future 
Dr James Dedrick Plasma science and technology; Plasma propulsion; Ion sources   
Dr David Dickinson Magnetically confined fusion plasmas and reactor studies; computational study of tokamak confinement and small scale instabilities; theory, simulation and software development  
Dr Christian Diget Magnetically confined fusion plasmas and reactor studies; computational study of tokamak confinement and small scale instabilities; theory, simulation and software development Technologies for the future 
Prof Jacek Dobaczewski Theoretical description of low-energy properties of nuclei, Nuclear Density Functional Theory, nuclei far from stability, nuclear collective states    
Dr Ben Dudson Magnetically confined fusion plasmas and reactor studies; tokamak plasma edge and divertor physics; theory, simulation and software development  
Dr Richard Evans Magnetic materials and nanodevices, spin dynamics, atomistic modelling, spin transport, ultrafast magnetism, high performance computing  Technologies for the future
Dr Aires Ferreira Theoretical description of quantum criticality and spin-dependent phenomena in 2D Dirac materials and their heterostructures. Development of analytical SO(5) quantum diagrammatic techniques and real-space numerical  methodologies for large-scale quantum-mechanical simulations of materials with multi billions of orbitals (www.quantum-kite.com) Technologies for the future
Prof Timo Gans Plasma science and technology; plasma dynamics & chemical kinetics with environmental applications using green plasma chemistry and nano-fabrication in computer manufacturing; experimental with advanced laser diagnostics as well as computational multi-scale simulations  
Prof Kieran Gibson Magnetically confined fusion plasmas and reactor studies; experimental divertor physics; diagnostic development   
Dr Yvette Hancock    
Dr Phil Hasnip Developing software, theory and methods for predictive materials simulations; novel applications of materials modelling   Technologies for the future
Dr Andrew Higginbotham Matter in extreme conditions, high-pressure materials, high strain-rate material deformation and failure, X-ray laser experiments and large scale atomistic simulation    
Prof David Jenkins Exotic nuclei, radiation detector development for societal applications and medical imaging  
Dr Demie Kepaptsoglou Electron microscopy, structure determination and electronic properties of energy and 2D materials   
Prof Thomas Krauss Nanophotonics, Silicon Photonics, Optical Biosensors, Metasurfaces, Semiconductor Nanofabrication  
Prof Roland Kröger Nanophysics, Nanostructured Biomaterials, Quantitative Electron Microscopy, Magnetic Nanomaterials, Raman Spectroscopy  Technologies for the future; Healthcare Technologies 
Dr Alison Laird Nuclear astrophysics   
Dr Kate Lancaster Plasma, lasers, Ultra-intense laser plasma interactions, QED, laboratory astrophysics, bright x-ray sources   
Dr Leonardo Lari Conventional and Environmental Electron microscopy, Nanomaterials characterisation and nanoscale phase transformations  Technologies for the future
Prof Vlado Lazarov Spintronics, magnetism   
Prof Mark Leake Physics of life; biophysics; biological physics; single-molecule biophysics; optical microscopy    
Prof Bruce Lipschultz Magnetically confined fusion plasmas and reactor studies; tokamak plasma edge and divertor physics; primarily experiment but involved in modelling  
Prof Tom McLeish Theoretical biophysics of protein dynamics, self-assembly and evolution, medieval history of science, sociology and theology of science, early modern science and literature  
Prof Keith McKenna Predictive materials modelling for applications in energy, electronics and catalysis Technologies for the future 
Dr Chris Murphy Laser-plasma acceleration; high field physics at the quantum limit; plasma-nuclear physics; radiation sources for applications   
Dr Agnes Noy Molecular Modelling; DNA and Proteins Biophysics 
Dr Deborah O'Connell Plasma science and technology; plasma medicine; plasma biomedical applications; plasma environmental applications; plasma agriculture; plasma dynamics & chemical kinetics; plasma nano-fabrication; plasma diagnostics  
Dr Stefanos Paschalis Experimental nuclear physics of exotic nuclei, ionising radiation detectors for fundamental science and societal applications of nuclear physics  
Dr John Pasley Inertial Confinement Fusion, Radiation Hydrodynamics, Laser-plasma interactions, shock wave physics, hohlraum physics, Laser Fusion Energy, modelling and experiments.   
Dr Alessandro Pastore Density Functional Theory applied to nuclear structre, Neutron Star physics (equation of state/superfluidity), Machine Learning (applied to nuclear physics), Statistics  
Dr Marina Petri Experimental nuclear physics of exotic nuclei   
Dr Andrew Pratt Nanomaterials, surface science, 2D materials, nanoparticles, organic spintronics Technologies for the Future
Health and Wellbeing 
Prof Matt Probert Development of Density Functional Theory software, algorithms and applications, with a focus on predicting the structural/dynamical properties of matter. Technologies for the future
Dr Steven Quinn Development of single-molecule fluorescence and advanced optical technologies for probing protein-protein and protein-lipid interactions related to neurodegeneration Physics of Life 
Dr Christopher Ridgers    
Prof Tim Spiller Quantum Technologies Technologies for the future
Prof Greg Tallents Capillary laser imaging of plasmas  Technologies for the future 
Dr Steve Tear Surface science, nanomaterials, spintronics, low-energy electron-solid interactions and electron microscopy  Technologies for the future 
Prof Sarah Thompson Nanothermal transport, spintronics  Technologies for the Future 
Dr Gonzalo Vallejo Fernandez Thin film and fine particle magnetism  
Prof Roddy Vann    
Dr Erik Wagenaars Plasma science and technology; plasma chemistry and plasma-surface interactions and modifications for applications in microchip manufacturing and thin-film deposition for the hydrogen economy; development and use of advanced laser and optical diagnostics.  
Dr Yue (Christina) Wang Nanotechnology, 2D materials, Photonics Technologies for the future 
Prof Dan Watts Hadron and nuclear physics with intense electromagnetic beams (Jefferson Laboratory, USA). Medical physics (new methods and instrumentation for PET imaging and protontherapy)  
Dr Laurence Wilson Biological physics, holographic microscopy, physics of cell motility Technologies for the future 
Prof Howard Wilson Theory of fusion plasmas in tokamaks; fusion reactor design studies   
Dr Ignacio Wilson-Rae    
Prof Nigel Woolsey Matter at extreme conditions of density, temperature and irradiance including laboratory astrophysics and fusion plasmas  
Dr Jing Wu Ultrafast magnetism: experimental exploration of ultimate speed of magnetic data process and storage by time-resolved techniques  
Prof Jun Yuan Nanophysics and advanced materials; electron vortex beams and novel electron microscopy techniques Technologies for the future 
Dr Nick Zachariou Hadronic physics, Hyperons and spectroscopy of Hadrons with intense electromagnetic beams