Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics
A new joint Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics at the Universities of Bath and Bristol has received £4.1 million funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to train physicists of the future. Read more >>
- Steve Andrews - Research
- Simon Bending - Research
- Paul Coleman - Research
- Simon Crampin - Research
- Enrico de Como
- Sergey Gordeev
- Adelina Ilie - Research
- Marcin Mucha-Kruczynski- Research
- Alain Nogaret - Research
- Phil Salmon - Research
- Peter Sloan - Research
- Paul Snow
- Kei Takashina - Silicon Quantum Transport research
- Ventsislav Valev - Research
- Alison Walker - Research
- Daniel Wolverson - Research
Facilities and Centres
The physical properties of nanoscale materials can be very different from those of large macroscopic samples and recent technological advances have provided unique tools to tailor and exploit these new functionalities.
A 3D visualisation of electrodes, a nanosilicon explosion and an array of discs fabricated with ion milling.
In the Nanoscience Group we are particularly interested in how the quantum mechanical and thermodynamic properties of molecules, nanostructures, multilayers and glassy materials can be dramatically modified by careful atomic-level design. This new direction of science is intrinsically multi-disciplinary, spanning physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, materials science and engineering. An excellent example of this interdisciplinary approach is the Centre for Graphene Science, a major collaboration bridging the Universities of Bath and Exeter.
Our research work combines both “top down” and “bottom up” approaches. The former exploit unique crystal growth techniques as well as the advanced nanomachining tools in the Bath Nanofabrication Facility to pattern structures small enough that they exhibit strong quantum mechanical effects. The latter exploit state-of-the art scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy to manipulate and image molecular structures.
- Amorphous and Liquid Structures (PSS)
- Artificial Neurons (ARN)
- Bionanotechnology (SG)
- Centre for Graphene Science (SJB, AI, PXS, SC, SG, ARN, PSS, DW)
- Magneto-optics (DW, SRA)
- Nanofabrication (SG, SJB, KT, SRA, ARN)
- Nanomagnetism (SJB, ARN)
- Nanoscience Theory (SC, ABW)
- Ultrafast Science and Terahertz Photonics (SRA)
- Positron Spectroscopy (PGC)
- Quantum Transport (KT, SJB, ARN)
- Raman Spectroscopy (DW)
- Scanning Probe Microscopy and Atomic Manipulation (AI, PXS, SJB)
- Silicon Nanophotonics (DW, PAS)
The University logo cut through a 100nm Au film on a glass substrate using an ion beam. The smallest feature is <10 nm.
There are opportunities for postgraduate research throughout our group. Interested students can either contact academic staff directly or see the Physics PhD project page.
The group environment
The Nanoscience group carries out research in diverse fields and in collaboration with many other groups across the world. Our research is supported by shared use of advanced instrumentation and shared access to the Bath Nanofabrication Facility and other facilities such as the Microscopy and Analysis Suite.
We have regular seminars on research within the group and frequent visits from external speakers. By meeting together in this way, we are able to share new methods and identify novel problems for future study. We also run regular lectures for postgraduate students on a variety of topics relevant to the research in the group from nanofabrication techniques to quantum theory in condensed matter physics.