Dr Benjamin Robinson

Lecturer

Profile

I hold a 50th anniversary lectureship in Physics and Functional Materials based within the Physics Department and the new Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University.

Current research interests

My research interests are highly interdisciplinary and concern advanced functional materials, surfaces and interfaces. I have authored or co-authored on more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles. Currently I am focusing on the following distinct themes:

• The design, synthesis and characterisation of nanoscale materials and devices including single molecule and nanoscale organic electronic systems and 2D materials and their applications.

• Advanced scanning probe microscopy for quantitative multi-parametric nanoscale mapping of material physical properties including nanomechanical, nanothermal and nanoelectromechanical responses.

• Interaction of materials with their local environment or medium of device deployment including interaction with substrates, liquid immersion and controlled humidity – high vacuum.

Background

Immediately prior to my lectureship, I was a senior research associate in the Physics department at Lancaster University where I was the work-package leader (SThM experiments and measurements) of the major European Commission programme ‘QUANTIHEAT’ (QUANTItative scanning probe microscopy techniques for HEAT transfer management in nanomaterials and nanodevices FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7) involving twenty international partners from academia and industry; previously I was the work-package (graphene characterisation and modelling) leader on 'GRENADA' (GRaphenE for NAnoscaleD Applications, FP7/2007-2013). Additionally, I have conducted research at University of Queensland, Daresbury Laboratory and Cranfield University.

I have a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wales (Supervisor Prof. Geoff Ashwell) and an MPhys from Sheffield University.

During my PhD I was awarded the 2007 Royal Society of Chemistry, Philip Lynn Adams memorial prize.

SPM characterisation of nanomechanical proprieties of C60 monolayer formed by LB
Lamantia, A., Robson, A.J., Pinter, G., Underwood, K.L., Roberts, J., Cao, Y., Young, R.J., Robinson, B.J. 4/07/2017
Speech

Characterisation of local thermal properties in nanoscale structures by scanning thermal microscopy
Castanon, E., Evangeli, C., Spiece, J., Robinson, B.J., Gomes, S., Kazakova, O., Kolosov, O.V. 3/07/2017
Abstract

Correlation of nano-scale electrical and topographical mapping of buried nanoscale semiconductor junctions
Alsharif, G., Hanel, L., Robson, A.J., Schultze, J., Robinson, B.J., Kolosov, O.V. 3/07/2017
Abstract

Mapping nanosecond time scale nanoelectromechanical phenomena in 2D Materials on nanometre length scale via ultrasonic and heterodyne force microscopies
Kolosov, O.V., Kay, N., Robinson, B.J., Novoselov, K.S., Dinelli, F. 3/07/2017
Speech

Hybrid 2D Membrane-Nanoparticle Heterostructures via Langmuir-Blodgett Deposition
Black, A., Roberts, J., Acebron, M., Bernardo Gavito, R., Alsharif, G., J. Urbanos, F., Juarez, B.H., Granados, D., Robinson, B.J., Vázquez De Parga, A.L., Young, R.J. 13/05/2017
Speech

Large-Area 2D-0D Heterostructures via Langmuir-Blodgett Film Deposition
Black, A., Roberts, J., Acebron, M., Bernardo Gavito, R., Alsharif, G., J. Urbanos, F., Juarez, B.H., Granados, D., Robinson, B.J., Vázquez De Parga, A.L., Young, R.J. 26/04/2017
Speech

Correlation of Heat Transport and Shear Forces in Nanoscale Junctions
Robinson, B.J., Kolosov, O.V. 20/04/2017
Speech

Probing Nanoscale Heat Transport in Liquid Environments—Contact and Non-Contact Immersion Scanning Thermal Microscopy (iSThM)
Kolosov, O.V., Spiece, J., Robinson, B.J. 18/04/2017
Abstract

Formation of two-dimensional micelles on graphene: a multi-scale theoretical and experimental study
Robinson, B.J., Bailey, S.W.D., O'Driscoll, L.J., Visontai, D., Welsh, D.J., Mostert, A.B., Mazzocco, R., Rabot, C., Jarvis, S., Kolosov, O.V., Bryce, M.R., Lambert, C.J. 10/03/2017 In: ACS Nano.
Journal article

Probing Interfaces, Hidden Charges and ns Time-Scale Nanoelectromechanics of 2D Materials via Ultrasonic SPM
Kolosov, O.V., Kay, N., Novoselov, K.S., Robinson, B.J., Dinelli, F. 1/03/2017
Abstract

Quantitative Measurements of Intrinsic Thermal Conductivity of Surface and Buried Nanoscale Layers via Cross-Sectional Scanning Thermal Microscopy – X-SThM
Spiece, J., Evangeli, C., Robson, A.J., Robinson, B.J., Alzina, F., Kolosov, O.V. 1/03/2017
Abstract

Surface Functionalization of Graphene via the Controlled Assembly of 2D Micelles
Robinson, B.J., Kolosov, O.V., Bailey, S.W.D., Bryce, M.R., Jarvis, S., Lambert, C.J. 1/03/2017
Speech

Nano-mapping of Surface and Subsurface Physical Properties of 2D materials
Kolosov, O.V., Kay, N., Spiece, J., Alsharif, G., Robinson, B.J., Dinelli, F. 25/06/2016
Abstract

Photoluminescence of two-dimensional GaTe and GaSe films
Del Pozo-Zamudio, O., Schwarz, S., Sich, M., Bayer, M., Schofield, R., A. Chekhovich, E., Robinson, B., Kay, N., Kolosov, O., Dmitriev, A., Lashkia, G.V., Borisenko, D., Kolesnikov, N., Tartakovskii, A.I. 30/07/2015 In: 2D Materials. 2, 3, 9 p.
Journal article

Surface and interfacial interactions of multilayer graphitic structures with local environment
Mazzocco, R., Robinson, B., Rabot, C., Delamoreanu, A., Zenasni, A., Dickinson, J., Boxall, C., Kolosov, O. 30/06/2015 In: Thin Solid Films. 585, p. 31-39. 9 p.
Journal article

Realization of vertically aligned, ultra-high aspect ratio InAsSb nanowires on graphite
Anyebe, E., Sanchez, A., Hindmarsh, S., Chen, X., Shao, J., Rajpalke, M.K., Veal, T.D., Robinson, B., Kolosov, O., Anderson, F., Sandaram, R., Wang, Z.M., Falko, V., Zhuang, Q. 18/06/2015 In: Nano Letters. 15, 7, 8 p.
Letter

SThM of 2D materials: nanoscale interactions and multiple parameters
Spiece, J., Robinson, B.J., Kolosov, O.V. 05/2015
Abstract

Structural, optical and electrostatic properties of single and fewlayers MoS2: effect of substrate
Robinson, B., Giusca, C., Gonzalez, Y., Kay, N., Kazakova, O., Kolosov, O. 20/02/2015 In: 2D Materials. 2, 1, 8 p.
Journal article

Direct probing of nanoscale heat transport phenomena via scanning thermal and shear force microscopies
Kolosov, O., Robinson, B., Pumarol Crestar, M. 2015
Abstract

Exploring buried interfaces and nanoelectromechanical devices in 2D materials – effects of elastic anisotropy
Kolosov, O., Kay, N., Dinelli, F., Robinson, B., Falko, V., Pingue, P. 2015
Abstract

Immersion scanning thermal microscopy: probing nanoscale heat transport in liquid environments
Kolosov, O., Robinson, B. 2015 In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer. Ottawa 4 p.
Paper

Scanning thermal microscopy and finite elements studies of 2D materials
Robinson, B., Spiece, J., Tovee, P., Kolosov, O. 2015
Abstract

The formation of two-dimensional micelles on graphene
Robinson, B., Bailey, S., Mazzocco, R., Bryce, M.R., Lambert, C., Kolosov, O. 2015
Abstract

Time-dependant electrostatic and electro-mechanical phenomena in Graphene NEMS
Kay, N., Robinson, B., Novoselov, K.S., Kolosov, O. 2015
Abstract

Nanothermal characterization of amorphous and crystalline phases in chalcogenide thin films with scanning thermal microscopy
Bosse, J., Timofeeva, M., Tovee, P., Robinson, B., Huey, B., Kolosov, O. 7/10/2014 In: Journal of Applied Physics. 116, 13, 8 p.
Journal article

Probing nanoscale graphene-liquid interfacial interactions via Ultrasonic Force Spectroscopy
Robinson, B., Kolosov, O. 21/09/2014 In: Nanoscale. 6, 18, p. 10806-10816. 11 p.
Journal article

Graphitic platform for self-catalysed InAs nanowires growth by molecular beam epitaxy
Zhuang, Q., Anyebe, E., Sanchez, A.M., Rajpalke, M.K., Veal, T.D., Zhukov, A., Robinson, B., Anderson, F., Kolosov, O., Falko, V. 25/06/2014 In: Nanoscale Research Letters. 9, 7 p.
Journal article

Electromechanical sensing of substrate charge hidden under atomic 2D crystals
Kay, N., Robinson, B., Falko, V., Novoselov, K., Kolosov, O. 23/05/2014 In: Nano Letters. 14, 6, 5 p.
Letter

Charged nano-domes and bubbles in epitaxial graphene
Trabelsi, A., Kusmartsev, F., Robinson, B., Ouerghi, A., Kusmartseva, O., Kolosov, O., Mazzocco, R., Gaifullin, M., Oueslati, M. 28/03/2014 In: Nanotechnology. 25, 16, 16 p.
Journal article

Nanomechanical mapping of graphene layers and interfaces in suspended graphene nanostructures grown via carbon diffusion
Robinson, B., Rabot, C., Mazzocco, R., Delamoreanu, A., Zenasni, A., Kolosov, O. 1/01/2014 In: Thin Solid Films. 550, p. 472–479. 8 p.
Journal article

Nanoscale interfacial interactions of graphene with polar and non-polar liquids
Robinson, B., Kay, N., Kolosov, O. 2014
Abstract

Scanning thermal microscopy studies of 2D materials
Robinson, B., Tovee, P., Kolosov, O. 2014
Abstract

Optical investigation of the natural electron doping in thin MoS2 films deposited on dielectric substrates
Sercombe, D., Schwarz, S., Del Pozo-Zamudio, O., Liu, F., J. Robinson, B., A. Chekhovich, E., I. Tartakovskii, I., Kolosov, O., I. Tartakovskii, A. 12/12/2013 In: Scientific Reports. 3, 6 p.
Journal article

Nanoscale interfacial interactions of graphene with polar and non-polar liquids
Robinson, B., Kay, N., Kolosov, O. 28/05/2013 In: Langmuir. 29, 25, p. 7735-7742. 8 p.
Journal article

Nanomechanics and interfacial properties of supported and suspended graphene layers
Robinson, B., Kay, N., Mazzocco, R., Kolosov, O. 2013
Abstract

Probing nanomechanics and interfacial properties of supported and suspended graphene layers using dynamic SPM techniques
Robinson, B., Mazzocco, R., Rabot, C., Delamoreanu, A., Zenasni, A., Kolosov, O. 2013
Abstract

Adhesion and dynamic nanotribology of graphene in polar and non-polar liquid environments studied with ultrasonic force microscopy
Robinson, B., Kay, N., Kolosov, O. 2012 In: NSTI-Nanotech 2012. Santa Clara, USA : CRC PRESS-TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP p. 150-153. 4 p.
Paper

Ambient and underliquid nanomechanical properties of suspended and supported graphene at wide range of range of stiffnesses
Robinson, B., Kay, N., Rosamond, M.C., Zeze, D.A., Dinelli, F., Kolosov, O. 2012
Abstract

Dynamic mesoscale interfacial characterisation of graphene and graphene oxide thin films in water, dodecane and their vapour using QCM
Mazzocco, R., Robinson, B., Dickinson, J., Boxall, C., Kolosov, O. 2012 In: NSTI-Nanotech 2012. Santa Clara, USA : CRC PRESS-TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP p. 173-176. 4 p.
Paper

Dynamic mesoscale to nanoscale interfacial characterisation of graphene in polar and non-polar environments using novel ultrasonic techniques
Mazzocco, R., Robinson, B., Dickinson, J., Boxall, C., Kolosov, O. 2012
Abstract

Mapping nanomechanical phenomena in graphene nanostructures using force modulation and ultrasonic force microscopy
Kolosov, O., Kay, N., Robinson, B., Rosamond, M.C., Zeze, D.A., Falko, V., Dinelli, F. 2012 In: Nanotechnology 2012: Advanced Materials, CNTs, Particles, Films and Composites. Santa Clara, Calif. : CRC PRESS-TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP p. 282-285. 4 p.
Paper

Synthesis of Covalently Linked Molecular Bridges between Silicon Electrodes in CMOS-Based Arrays of Vertical Si/SiO2/Si Nanogaps
Ashwell, G., Phillips, L.J., Robinson, B.J., Barnes, S.A., Williams, A.T., Urasinska-Wojcik, B., Lambert, C.J., Grace, I.M., Cox, T.I., Sage, I.C. 5/09/2011 In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 50, 37, p. 8722-8726. 5 p.
Journal article

Self-assembly of amino-thiols via gold-nitrogen links and consequence for in situ elongation of molecular wires on surface-modified electrodes
Ashwell, G., Williams, A.T., Barnes, S.A., Chappell, S., Phillips, L.J., Robinson, B., Urasinska-Wojcik, B., Wierzchowiec, P., Gentlee, I.R., Wood, B. 17/03/2011 In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 115, 10, p. 4200-4208. 9 p.
Journal article

Molecular Bridging of Silicon Nanogaps
Ashwell, G., Phillips, L.J., Robinson, B.J., Urasinska-Wojcik, B., Lambert, C.J., Grace, I.M., Bryce, M.R., Jitchati, R., Tavasli, M., Cox, T.I., Sage, I.C., Tuffin, R.P., Ray, S. 12/2010 In: ACS Nano. 4, 12, p. 7401-7406. 6 p.
Journal article

Langmuir – Blodgett films incorporating molecular wire candidates of ester-substituted oligo(phenylene – ethynylene) derivatives
Villares, A., Lydon, D., Low, P., Robinson, B., Ashwell, G., Royo, F., Pilar, C. 15/12/2008 In: Surface Science. 602, 24, p. 3683-3687. 5 p.
Journal article

Characterization and conductivity of Langmuir-Blodgett films prepared from an amine substituted oligo(phenylene ethynylene)
Villares, A., Lydon, D., Low, P., Robinson, B., Ashwell, G., Royo, F., Pilar, C. 8/01/2008 In: Chemistry of Materials. 20, 1, p. 258-264. 7 p.
Journal article

Functional molecular wires
Ashwell, G., Wierzchowiec, P., Phillips, L.J., Collins, C.J., Gigon, J., Robinson, B.J., Finch, C.M., Grace, I., Lambert, C.J., Buckle, P.D., Ford, K., Woode, B.J., Gentlee, I.R. 2008 In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 10, 14, p. 1859-1866. 8 p.
Journal article

Organic rectifying junctions fabricated by ionic coupling
Ashwell, G., Ewington, J., Robinson, B. 2006 In: Chemical Communications. 6, p. 618-620. 3 p.
Journal article

Dipole reversal in Langmuir–Blodgett films of an optically nonlinear dye and its effect on the polarity for molecular rectification
Ashwell, G., Robinson, B., Amiri, M., Locatelli, D., Quici, S., Roberto, D. 2005 In: Journal of Materials Chemistry. 15, 39, p. 4203-4205. 3 p.
Journal article

Molecular Diodes: An altered polarity for rectification in ultra-thin films where the orientation of the dipole is reversed
Ashwell, G., Tyrrell, W., Robinson, B. 2005
Conference paper