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.
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. Chris spent 42 months at UCL transitioning to becoming a computational chemist, focused on the prediction of novel materials for photovoltaics. Along the way, Chris won the Catlow Prize for best final year Computational Chemistry PhD in UCL and he defended his thesis in August 2018. Chris is now a “Faraday Fellow”, as his new post doctoral project is part of the Faraday Institution Multiscale Modelling project, focused on a complete computational understanding of degradation in cathodes. 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.
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 Prof. 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.
Warda is originally from Pakistan and moved to England to study a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at QMUL. She completed her bachelors with a first class degree and received top position in each of the three years. At QMUL, she did two research projects with Dr Rachel Crespo-Otero. Her BSc project, Aggregation Induced Emission in Organic Crystals, involved excited state simulations and solid state modelling to explore the mechanism of de-excitation and excited state proton transfer in 2-hydroxychalcone derivatives. She is really excited for her PhD project with Professor David Scanlon, which focuses on finding high performance n-type oxide thermoelectric materials with low lattice thermal conductivity. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and meditating.
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. Arthur studied earth abundant non-toxic thermoelectric materials in his Molecular Modelling MSc under the supervision of Professor David Scanlon. His PhD focuses on applying similar electronic structure methods to battery materials. When he isn’t putting a computer through its paces he is either teaching, snowboarding or sampling the culinary delights of china town.
Kieran is from Auckland, New Zealand but has lived most his life in London. He is currently studying energy materials for his PhD. He has also studied transparent thermoelectrics for his MSci in Natural Sciences and screened layered tin perovskites for photovoltaic applications as a summer student. In his spare time he plays video games, reads, runs and walks.
Joe is from East London and grew up in Essex before earning a first class BSc in Chemistry at UCL. He is currently undertaking an MRes and EngD in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science. His work will focus on developing new doping mechanisms for Transparent Conducting Oxides under the supervision of Professor David Scanlon and Dr Tien-Lin Lee at Diamond Light Source. When not studying, Joe enjoys snooker, carpet bowls, train journeys and spending probably too much time with his dog.
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 Prof 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 Professor Chris Blackman and Professor 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 Prof. David Scanlon and Prof. 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.
Maham graduated with an MSci Chemistry from University College London in 2018, before taking up a joint experiment-theory Ph.D. studentship in thermoelectrics supervised by Dr Robert Palgrave and Professor David Scanlon. For her M.Sci. project, Maham studied tin halometallates of the form A2SnX6 as highly tunable semiconductors and potential solar cell materials. In her third year she did a literature project on the different computational methods of exploring protein-ligand binding affinities. Besides chemistry Maham enjoys kickboxing, reading and coffee!