Dr Samuel JarvisLectureship in Nanoscale Materials Characterisation
Anniversary Lecturer in Nanoscale Materials Characterisation and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
My research interests are in the study of materials and surfaces with atomic and sub-molecular resolution. This primarily involves examination and measurement of the interactions between single atoms and molecules on surfaces and exploiting this knowledge to push the limits of atomic scale imaging, manipulation and single molecule measurement.
By studying the physical and chemical characteristics of atomically clean surface structures, single molecules and 2D molecular assemblies, we try to understand the fundamental properties of materials at the smallest scales.
We use a variety of methods to pursue these goals, including scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques such as atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), theoretical ab initio electronic structure calculations and, more recently, x-ray photoemission and x-ray standing wave studies at the national Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility.
I am currently a 50th Anniversary Lecturer in Nanoscale Materials Characterisation and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Physics Department and Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University. Prior to this I worked in the University of Nottingham Nanoscience group.
In 2013 I was awarded the IOP Albert Franks prize for best PhD thesis in nanoscience and in 2014 the Young Scientist prize at the 11th International Conference on the Structure of Surfaces (ICSOS). Since completing my PhD I have been awarded two independent fellowships, an EPSRC Doctoral Prize in 2013 and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, which I am now continuing at Lancaster, in 2015.
For an up-to-date list of publications please see my Google Scholar profile.
PhD Supervision Interests
I have a 3 year funded PhD position starting in October 2018 to investigate 'Nanostructured molecular materials on surfaces'. The studentship is jointly supervised by Dr Benjamin Robinson (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/about-us/people/benjamin-robinson) and funded through the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Centre in Material Social Futures. The successful PhD candidate will demonstrate an excellent academic record in physics, materials science or a related area, they will explore new methods for the scalable fabrication of ultrathin organic films with tailored quantum interference properties and tuneable electrode interactions. Traditionally, organic layers are formed from solution phase deposition via techniques such as molecular self-assembly or Langmuir-Blodgett deposition. Here you will use newly established UHV capabilities in Physics to explore sublimation deposition, the direct transition from a solid to gas phase without passing through the intermediate liquid phase, of a range of tailored organic materials. Broadly the PhD project will: •Develop new capability to deposit and subsequently couple multiple layers of organic and inorganic materials onto the surface of a range of metal and 2D material substrates. This approach to multi-layer asymmetric chemical assembly is highly novel. •The nanoscale properties of these films will be characterised in-situ in IsoLab using a suite of custom scanning probe microscopy systems to access nanoscale mechanical, electrical and topographical information with sub-molecular resolution. •Understand the detailed physics and chemistry of these materials with advanced simulation methods performed on Lancaster’s High End Computing (HEC) facility. Carried out concurrently to experiments, simulation will be used to drive and inform ongoing experiments. Please contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any additional enquiries. --- Other competitively funded projects are available in the areas of: 1) Single molecule properties on surfaces. 2) Directed assembly of 2D molecular structures. 3) Scanning probe microscopy in ultra-low noise environments. 4) Computational simulation of molecular properties. 5) Synchrotron radiation studies of surface structure. Please contact me if you are interested in working on a PhD project. We are always happy to hear from enthusiastic students. Funding, where available, will be awarded on a competitive basis.