Dr Samuel JarvisSenior Lecturer in Nanoscale Materials Characterisation
Senior Lecturer in Nanoscale Materials
I lead the Atomic Imaging and Surface Chemistry group at Lancaster University. My research is driven by the desire to explore fundamental phenomena using atomic scale imaging and molecular assembly, and to address major challenges in translating functional 2D and 3D molecular materials into real-world environments. My research spans funded projects addressing fundamental surface science, single atom catalysis, organic thermoelectric energy harvesting materials, antiviral and antifouling surfaces, and atomically engineered 2D materials.
I direct activity in the Nanoscale Microscopy 'pod' in the ultra-low-noise Lancaster IsoLab which houses several scanning probe microscopes. Facilities available in our group include atomic resolution atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UHV sample fabrication, and X-ray standing wave studies (XSW) at the national Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility.
I am a 50th Anniversary Lecturer in Nanoscale Characterisation in the Physics Department and Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University. My research is supported by grants from the EPSRC, EU, The Leverhulme Trust, and Royal Society. My work has featured in major public outreach events including the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (2017, 2018, 2019) and New Scientist Live (Art of Isolation, 2019), generating media coverage translated into 20 languages with a reach of over 100M. My research has been recognised through multiple awards including a 2013 thesis prize, a 2014 Young Scientist Award, and in 2019 I received two awards for Research Impact and was short-listed for the Times Higher Education award for `STEM project of the year'.
PhD Supervision Interests
Competitively funded projects are available in the areas of: 1) Surface chemistry and single atom catalysis. 2) Directed assembly of 2D molecular structures. 3) Scanning probe microscopy in ultra-low noise environments. 4) Thermoelectric energy materials for waste heat recovery. 5) Atomic scale characterisation of 2D materials for quantum technology. 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.
MSI: High performance Wide spectral range Nanoprobe (HiWiN)
08/02/2021 → 07/07/2023
High performance Wide spectral range Nanoprobe
01/09/2020 → 31/01/2023
Synchrotron time at Diamond Light Source: Probing the dynamics of an incarcerated molecule using temperature-dependent X-ray standing wave measurements: H2O@C60 and D2O@C60 on Ag(111)
06/01/2020 → 10/01/2020
Synchrotron time at Diamond Light Source: XSW and NEXAFS of covalent organic networks on Ag(111): intermediates and decoupling
07/05/2018 → 11/05/2018
Proximity to Discover: Industry Engagement for Impact
31/03/2018 → 30/11/2019
Single molecule bond chemical mapping with scanning probe microscopy
01/02/2018 → 30/06/2021
Synchrotron time at Diamond Light Source: Does doping influence the position of an encapsulated molecule? An X-ray standing wave study of K-doped H2O@C60 and HF@C60
09/01/2017 → 16/01/2017
MSI: Lancaster University ECR Equipment
01/01/1900 → …
Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019
Single atom chemistry: atom-by-atom design and characterisation with SPM
IOP Careers workshop "Your career options uncovered"
New Scientist Live 2018
Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2018
Revealing the intramolecular structure of molecular conformers.
Institute of Physics, Nanoscale Physics and Technology Group (External organisation)
Membership of committee
Research Impact Award
Prize (including medals and awards)
Science and Technology Dean’s Award – Excellence in External Engagement and Impact in Science and Technology
Prize (including medals and awards)
MSF PhDs (2018/19), Quantum Nanotechnology
- Energy Lancaster
- MSF Supervisors 2019/20
- Quantum Nanotechnology
- Quantum Technology Centre