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Welcome

Welcome to the research website of Dr David O. Scanlon. I am currently a Reader (Associate Professor) in Computational, Materials and Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in University College London, with a joint appointment at Diamond Light Source. My primary research interests and experience are in the electronic structure and defect chemistry of emerging materials for a wide variety of applications, including but not limited to: transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), photovoltaics (PV), thermoelectrics (TEs), photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, solid state lighting, X-ray and γ-ray radiation detectors, Li-ion batteries, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and topological insulators. A recurring theme in the groups research is the use of rational chemical design to predict the properties of novel inorganic solids for the above applications, and then the full electronic structure and defect chemistry characterization of these materials to test their application suitability.


 

Brief CV

October 2016 – present
Reader (Associate Professor) in Computational, Materials and Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, University College London, United Kingdom.
September 2013 – September 2016
Lecturer in Computational, Materials and Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, University College London, United Kingdom.
October 2011 – August 2013
Ramsay Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University College London, United Kingdom.
October 2010 – September 2011
Post doctoral Research Fellow in the Group of Professor G. W. Watson, School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
October 2006 – September 2010
Ph.D. in Chemistry under the supervision of Professor G. W. Watson, School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
October 2002 – June 2006
B. A. Mod (Hons) in Computational Chemistry, School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


 

Awards

2015 RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize for the “development and application of computational techniques to understanding and predicting the properties of functional semi-conductors for energy applications”
2014 NSFC Young Scholars Research Fund award to visit the University of Fudan
2012 Irish Nomination for the IUPAC International Prize for Young Chemists
2012 Royal Irish Academy Young Chemists Prize 2011, for “the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis of 2011 in the area of chemical sciences”
2011 Ramsay Memorial Fellowship, University College London
2011 Thomas Young Centre Junior Research Fellowship, University College London
2010 Royal Society of Chemistry, Solid State Chemistry Group Travel Bursary
2010 Trinity Annual Trust Travel Award
2008/2009 BOC Postgraduate Bursary Award


 

Professional Memberships

Secretary of the Royal Society of Chemistry Solid State Chemistry Group (RSC-SSCG) 2016-present
Committee Member for CCP5 2013-2016
Committee Member for the Royal Society of Chemistry Solid State Chemistry Group (RSC-SSCG) 2011-2014
Founding member of the Materials Design Network
Member of the HPC Materials Chemistry Consortium
Member of the Thomas Young Centre
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Member of the Materials Research Society (MRS)
Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Member of the EPRSC Peer Review College
Member of the Science Board of the Energy SuperStore Hub
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


 

Teaching/Admin

2016 – present Inorganic Section Teaching Coordinator
2016 – present Member of the Chemistry Department Teaching Committee
2016 – present Member of the Chemistry Department Research Committee
2015 – 2017 Inorganic Section Seminar Coordinator
2015 – present Lecturer on the “New Directions in Materials Chemistry” course for third year undergrad Chemists (CHEM3401)
2013 – present Member of the CHEMM901 SARPIC Panel (Final year project marking)
2013 – present Lecturer on the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science (M3S IDC) in UCL (CHEMGMO4)
2014 – present Tutor for second year Inorganic Chemistry course in UCL (CHEM2102/2103)
2011 – 2014 Tutor for First year Inorganic Chemistry course in UCL (CHEM1101)


 

Conference Organisation

Co-Organisor: TYC 5th Energy Materials Workshop “From Atoms to Applications”, University College London, London 25-27 July 2018
Co-Organiser: Symposium entitled: “Novel Inorganic Semiconductors for Optoelectronics and Solar Energy” at the MRS Spring meeting in Phoenix, 02 – 06 April 2018
International Advisory Board Member: symposium “Development and Application of New Functional Transparent Conducting and Semiconducting Inorganic Materials” at the CIMTEC conference, Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy, 10-14 June 2018
International Program Committee (IPC) Member: 29th International Conference on Defects in Semiconductor (ICDS 2017), Matsue, Japan, 31 July to 04 August 2017
Co-Organiser: Symposium entitled: “Next generation of earth-abundant materials for solar energy” at the eMRS Spring meeting, Strasbourg, France, 22-26 May 2017
Lead Co-Organiser: Symposium entitled: “Earth abundant and emerging solar energy conversion materials” at the eMRS Spring meeting, Lille, France, 11-15 May 2015
Scientific Committee Member: symposium “Transparent Conducting Oxides and Related Materials”, at the eMRS Fall meeting, Warsaw, Poland, 15-19 June 2014
International Advisory Board Member: symposium “Recent Developments in the Research and Application of Transparent Conducting and Semiconducting Oxides” at the CIMTEC conference, Tuscany, 15-20 June 2014
Co-Organiser: Symposium entitled: “Earth-abundant inorganic solar energy conversion technologies” at the MRS Spring meeting in San Francisco, 21-25 April 2014
Co-Organiser: the RSC Solid State Chemistry Group Easter Meeting entitled: “Solid State Chemistry and Renewable Energy” at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre in Chichely, 14-16 April 2014


 

Reviewing

Currently a reviewer for Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Physical Review Applied, Physical Review X, Scientific Reports, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Energy and Fuels, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Journal of Materials Chemistry A/C, Thin Solid Films, Computational Material Science, Materials And Design, Physics Letters A, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Journal of Crystal Growth, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Chemical Communications, Computer Physics Communications, Electrochemistry Communications, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Catalysis, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, Accounts of Chemical Research, ChemSusChem, ChemPhysChem, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, Carbon, Chemical Physics Letters, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Materials Letters, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, Nature Communications, Nature Energy, Chemical Science, Science, Nature Materials, Energy and Environmental Science, APL Materials, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, ACS Energy Letters, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, RSC Advances, MRS Communications, Solid State Communications, Surface and Coatings Technology, Inorganics, Materials Horizons, Inorganic Chemistry, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Electronic Materials, Nanoscale, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF), Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Welsh Government Sêr Cymru II, National Science Foundation of the USA, US Department of Energy, PRACE, EPSRC.