Dr Alexander Robson

Senior Research Associate

Research Overview

I am a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University, working to develop and utilise new functional coatings via plasma polymerisation processes.

Research Interests

- Development and utilisation of thin film coatings via plasma polymerisation.

- Cross-sectional analysis of materials via beam-exit cross-sectional polishing, a technique developed and patented by Lancaster University.

- Quantitative nanoscale mapping of materials via scanning probe microscopy, including nanomechanical and nanothermal properties.

- Nanoscale materials, structures and devices, 2D materials and their applications.


Immediately prior to my current appointment, I worked on the Cumbria Innovations Platform (CUSP) project, aiding Cumbrian SMEs to access technical and management expertise from Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria to accelerate innovation in new products and services.

Previously to this, I was a senior research associate on the European Commission project QUANTIHEAT (QUANTItative scanning probe microscopy techniques for HEAT transfer management in nanomaterials and nanodevices, FP&-NMP-2013-LARGE-7), which involved twenty partner institutes in academic and industrial fields. The QUANTIHEAT project aimed to tackle issues relating to thermal metrology at the nanoscale and to deliver validated standards, methods and modelling tools.

Before joining the QUANTHEAT project, much of my research focused on the cross-sectional analysis of III-V compound semiconductor materials and devices via scanning probe microscopy and beam-exit cross-sectional polishing (BEXP), a technique developed at Lancaster University. Please visit www.lancastermaterialanalysis.co.uk for information about commercialisation of this research.

I have a PhD in Physics from Lancaster University, thesis title “Cross-Sectional Scanning Probe Microscopy of III-V Semiconductors” (Supervisor: Dr Manus Hayne).

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Participation in conference

  • Quantum Nanotechnology