John is from Cork, and as a native of the rebel county naturally attended University College Cork where he obtained a first class B.Sc. in Physics. He subsequently did research for his Physics PhD at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork (awarded by UCC) under the supervision of Stephen Fahy, where he developed models of transport and defect structures in highly-mismatched semiconductor alloys for applications in energy harvesting and optoelectronics. Following his PhD, he moved to London in April 2011 to begin postdoctoral research at UCL, where he has remained since, working with Aron Walsh and Richard Catlow before moving the Scanlon Group in May 2018. His research focuses on the development and application of computational techniques to study the physical properties of energy materials, with an emphasis on understanding the importance of defects. He has modelled the properties of systems ranging from wide gap insulators to zero gap semimetals. As the father of young boy, John has no free time whatsoever, but when away from the office enjoys taking his family to visit parks, museums and historical sites through membership of various national organisations. Other likes include long distance running, cycling, football, gardening, real ale, crime fiction, action movies and ambient music.
Adam grew up in London before moving to the University of Bath to obtain an MEng in Chemical Engineering. Through the inter-disciplinary Center for Sustainable Chemical Technologies he found himself working on energy materials in the computational chemistry research group of Professor Aron Walsh. This led to a PhD studying the thermodynamics of the Cu-Zn-Sn-S system for solar energy materials. At UCL Adam is working to understand and improve a range of transparent conducting oxide materials. Adam enjoys producing, performing and criticising music as well as attending live events. Likes: thermodynamics, real ale, Emacs, black coffee, Arctangent Festival. Dislikes: Radio One, ineffective hand dryers.
Ben Williamson is originally from Rochester in Kent and in April 2018 defended his PhD thesis titled “Understanding the Electronic and Thermodynamic Properties of Wide Band Gap Materials” under the supervision of Dr David Scanlon. His projects involved the study and enhancement of existing transparent conducting oxides, photocatalysts and photovoltaics. Among these applications he has studied the thermodynamic and optical properties of defects and dopants, electronic structures and phonons as well as materials prediction. Prior to this Ben carried out a Master’s project on “Computational Design of Next Generation p-type Semiconductors” at UCL. His PDRA project will focus on mixed-anion semiconductors for a range of energy generation and optoelectronic applications. Outside of computational chemistry, Ben enjoys travelling, music and culture, is an illustrious tenor, connoisseur of flapjacks and a keen cyclist.
Originally from London, Katherine studied for an MEng in Materials Science at the University of Oxford before moving to Norway. She completed her PhD in the Ceramics Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with a thesis titled, Structure-Property Relations of Reduced Molybdenum Trioxide. This led to a post-doc position researching oxide materials for intermediate band solar cells, for which she hopes to gain knowledge and inspiration during her visit to Dr David Scanlon’s group. Katherine enjoys cabin trips, wildlife and the cold weather of Norway but prefers the choice of restaurants in London.
James T. Pegg obtained a MSc in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham. There, his final year project entitled ‘Investigation 3+2 Cycloadditions Towards the Total Synthesis of Securinine’ specialised in Organic Chemistry. He moved to University College London where he obtain a MRes in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science in 2014. His EngD focuses on the computational modelling of the actinide oxides. He is especially interested in teaching and demonstrating. In his spare time he enjoys pubs, walks and traveling.
Chris is from West Sussex, and spent his time as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, graduating with an first class MChem degree. He spent his final year there attempting to find geometrical frustration in a variety of metal pseudohalide salts. Now at UCL, Chris is moving further into computational chemistry and will be attempting the prediction and synthesis of hybrid perovskite materials for use in photovoltaics. Away from the lab, Chris is a bit of a quiz enthusiast, and also likes to play squash, video games and to try to get through his collection of unread books.
Alex Ganose is from Manchester, he defected to London to study Natural Sciences at UCL where he received a first. His 4th year project was with Dr Hugo Bronstein, synthesising novel covalent organic frameworks for use in gas storage. Alex’s PhD project is focused on ab initio prediction of new materials for photovoltaic cells. He spends too much time in front of a computer.
Winnie Leung is originally from Hong Kong and moved to England when she was 17. She graduated with a first in MSci Chemistry and decided to stay on for her PhD project, jointly supervised by Dr. David Scanlon and Dr Robert Palgrave. Her PhD project is about transparent conducting metal oxides for renewable energy applications, which she will be studying using a combination of computational and experimental techniques. When she is away from the lab, she likes to go swimming and eats a lot of cakes! (Work hard and eat hard!) she also likes travelling and her dream is to travel to Mars one day! Oh and she is also a snapchat addict so watch out for Winnie if she’s around!
Maud grew up in East London and studied her Chemistry MSci at UCL, graduating with a first. Her fourth year project was under the supervision of Professors Claire Carmalt and Ivan Parkin, investigating smart superhydrophobic and stain resistant paint technologies. Now in the Scanlon Group, Maud’s PhD is focussed on novel thermoelectric materials based on complex oxides. She likes travelling, swimming, and is a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee at UCL Chemistry.
Ethan Rubinstein grew up in London and completed his undergraduate MSci degree at UCL. His fourth year project was on “Determining the surface structures of Weyl semimetals TaAs and NbP” supervised by Dr. John Buckeridge. Continuing at UCL his PhD research project will use structural prediction methods to discover new solar cell absorber materials. When his computations yield frustrating results Ethan takes it out on the targets at ULU archery.
Zongda Xing is originally from Nanjing, China and currently doing his PhD project after completing his MSc courses here at UCL. In his project, he decided to take a step further from his master’s project and use ab initio methods to investigate a wider range of earth abundant materials for their photovoltaic applications. Away from lab, Zongda enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, mountain climbing and cycling.
Zhenyu Wang is from Xi’an, China, and he will study in UCL as a joint PhD student for 18 months. He used to work on the catalytic cathodes of lithium air batteries (LABs). Now at UCL, Zhenyu will start a new project focused on the new materials for hybrid perovskite solar cells under the supervision of Dr David Scanlon and Professor Chunming Niu. Zhenyu enjoys material structure characterization and properties prediction of new materials, and is familiar most of the popular density functional theory packages. Outside of the lab, Zhenyu likes to play ping pong and spend time delving into the go game.
Felicity Taylor is originally from Bedfordshire and completed her undergraduate degree in York, receiving a first class MChem, before moving to UCL to study for her PhD. Under the supervision of Prof. Richard Catlow, Dr John Buckeridge and Dr David Scanlon, Felicity is modelling defects and ion migration in potential cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cells, focusing on LaFeO3 based materials. When not in front of a computer, Felicity volunteers for St John Ambulance and likes to bake and go on hikes.
Dominic is from Jersey in the Channel Islands and studied for his undergraduate MChem degree at the University of Bath. His 4th year project involved catalyst synthesis for bio-diesel production from algal feedstocks under the supervision of Professor Matthew Davidson. Dominic’s PhD work focuses on simulating catalytic partial oxidation of methane on yttria-stabilized zirconia through the use of density functional theory calculations. He has won university national championships in both American football and cheerleading.
Jon is from Maidstone, Kent and graduated from Cambridge with a BA and MSci in Experimental and Theoretical Physics. His Masters project on magnetic phase plates was conducted in the Thin Film Magnetism group of the Cavendish laboratory where he continued to work on thin film growth. After an internship with Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis he started his PhD under Dr Michelle Moram of Imperial College and Dr David Scanlon of UCL in the CDT in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials. He is studying the growth and characterisation of polar/non-polar oxide heterostructures for use in wide band gap devices. His work with Dr Scanlon will be modelling the systems in parallel to the experimental work. When not in a lab Jon can probably be found on one of his many bikes or enjoying a few beverages while fixing them.
Jone is from London and studied at the University of Sussex for his undergraduate MChem degree. His fourth year project was on the ‘Synthesis of Sterically Hindered Low Coordinate Metal Centres for Small Molecule Activation’ under the supervision of Dr John Turner. Now at UCL, Jone is working on his MRes in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science. His EngD which is jointly supervised by Dr Chris Blackman and Dr David Scanlon focuses on low power metal oxide based gas sensors. Away from chemistry, Jone likes to play american football and spend his time in front of a computer.
Rachael Smith is from Kent and has just graduated with a first in MSci Chemistry from UCL. Her 4th year project was on ‘Stacking Disorder in AB Materials’ under the supervision of Dr. Christoph Salzmann. Rachael’s PhD project will continue to look at Stacking Disorder within materials and their potential applications which she will be studying using a combination of computational and experimental techniques under the joint supervision of Dr. David Scanlon and Dr. Christoph Salzmann. Outside of Chemistry, Rachael enjoys going to the gym and travelling.
Hugues is originally from Belgium where he studied Materials Science at the Louvain School of Engineering. He worked during his Masters on the prediction of optical properties of small organic molecules using first principles methods. Now at the UCL under the supervision of Prof. David Scanlon, Dr. Tung Chun Lee and Dr. Yong-Wei Zhang (A*STAR Singapore), his focus is on the selection and modelling of organic compounds able to undergo exotic chemistry inside of cucurbiturils . Away from his workstation, Hugues loves going on exploratory trips on his bike, attempting audacious solid soap formulations from internet-scavenged recipes and reading everything he comes across.
Kieran is from Auckland, New Zealand but has lived most his life in London. He is currently attempting to find transparent thermoelectrics for his MSci in Natural Sciences. He has also screened layered tin perovskites for photovoltaic applications as a summer student. In his spare time he plays video games, reads, attempts to do parkour, runs and walks.
Puja was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and moved to London when she was 12. She is currently in her fourth year at UCL studying Chemistry with Maths. In third year, she completed a literature review on Ionic Liquids. Her masters project will be on the ‘Computational Screening of Novel Layered Oysulphides for Renewable Energy Applications’ under the supervision of Dr. David Scanlon. In her spare time, Puja enjoys playing pool, desserts and binge-watching TV shows.
Teng Wang (Daisy) is originally from Hebei, China and is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Materials for Energy and Environment at UCL. Supervised by Dr David Scanlon, she will start her literature project and research project, which will focus on thermoelectrics. When she is away from the lab, she likes music as well as reading.
Arthur grew up on a farm in wales before swapping the tractor for a test tube at UCL chemistry where he received a BSc in Chemical Physics in 2016. He then qualified as a Physics and Chemistry teacher at the University of Chester in 2017. Arthur soon realised he missed the intellectual challenge of chemistry but not the acetone fumes of the lab so discovered the world of Computational Chemistry. He is now studying for his MSc in Molecular Modelling in the M3S IDC. When he isn’t putting a supercomputer through its paces he is either snowboarding or sampling the culinary delights of china town.
Kevin is originally from Switzerland and completed his BSc in Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich. He’s currently doing his MSc at UCL and writing his Master thesis on novel oxide thermoelectrics under the supervision of Dr. David Scanlon. Outside of Chemistry, Kevin enjoys being involved in numerous sporting activities including tennis, skiing and athletics.
Gaoxiang Di (Molly) is originally from Jiangsu, China and before entering UCL she completed her BSc in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. She is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Molecular Modelling. With Dr. Scanlon’s supervision she has started her research in transparent conducting oxides. Outside the chemistry she also enjoys movies, cooking and travelling.