My academic research has been largely funded by highly application orientated EU projects, centring on atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (AP CVD) for the production of functional thin films for highly relevant applications such as energy efficiency, photovoltaics and infection control. This process requires an appreciation of materials science, fluid dynamics, chemical handling and delivery systems. I have a special interest in the use of cold plasma to activate such processes at atmospheric pressure. This approach has the potential to provide significantly reduced substrate temperatures, enabling new substrate / film combinations and multilayer systems. Although low pressure PECVD is an established technology, the novelty of the atmospheric pressure approach has required me to design, construct and successfully exploit my own systems from scratch.
I have also extended the use of atmospheric plasmas to post growth surface modification, having designed and constructed a ‘continuous’ moving substrate demonstrator. This has resulted in publications concerned with the modification of TCOs to enhance light trapping in thin film based solar cells, and formed the basis of a PhD project with significant potential.
In terms of academic contribution, my growing publication list includes three papers in ‘Plasma Processes and Polymers’, a well regarded journal with an ISI impact over 4. I also made a major contribution to a recent bid based on my latest work as ‘Researcher Co-Investigator’. This, and a previous fellowship application, was supported by an internal award to cover my time due to the clear potential of the work. Indeed further work in this area has resulted in a patent application being filed by the Research and Innovation office, with Prof. David Sheel as joint inventor.
To date, my work has attracted three innovation vouchers (5K each) with a fourth in preparation. In one case the voucher was matched by an addittional 5K form the partner company.
Employed by CVD Technologies Ltd, a successful more >>.
Patent application suported and funded by the University to protect my latest work as inventor along with Prof. David Sheel. We are now actively seeking industrial collaboration with a view to comercial exploitation.
Internal funding awarded and used to prepare a RS fellowship application and an EPSRC bid (scored 6,6,5,3 not funded)
Recently upgraded to full membership after being invited to join regional organising committee.