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I am a member of the CVD Diamond Lab based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, UK. In this lab we study the growth of films of diamond, diamondlike carbon (DLC) amorphous carbon (a-C), and other related materials such as zinc oxide, using various physical and chemical vapour deposition techniques.
I undertake research into the use of synthetic diamond and zinc sulphide for applications in energy conversion, energy storage, and radiation detection. Within the diamond lab we have equipment for testing the electron emission properties of these materials, including Field emission, Thermionic emission and Secondary Electron Emission.
I also have laboratory space in the School of Physics for material processing, and in the Bristol Centre for Nano Science and Quantum Information where I undertake UHV surface analysis located in the ultra quiet laboratories. The equipment includes an Omicron VT XA Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) for tunnelling, atomic force microscopy, and Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy. Also the Bristol NanoESCA facility a state-of-the-art platform to perform surface science studies on various materials for energy.
The three main characterization techniques are: XPS, SPA-LEED, PEEM and micro-ARPES.a NanoESCA II instrument from ScientaOmicron Nanotechnology. This is the only NanoESCA in the UK and was funded by the EPSRC strategic equipment panel.
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Diamond chemical vapor deposition using a zero-total gas ﬂow environmentCroot, A., Mahoney, E. J. D., Dominguez Andrade, H., Ashfold, M. N. R. & Fox, N. A., 1 Nov 2020, In: Diamond and Related Materials. 109, 7 p., 108011.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review2 Citations (Scopus)
Empty‐State Band Mapping Using Momentum‐Resolved Secondary Electron EmissionWan, G., Croot, A., Fox, N. A. & Cattelan, M., 15 Oct 2020, In: Advanced Functional Materials. 31, 4, 2007319.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access3 Citations (Scopus)
Graphene-diamond junction photoemission microscopy and electronic interactionsWan, G., Panditharatne, S., Fox, N. A. & Cattelan, M., 21 Jul 2020, In: Nano Express.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access6 Citations (Scopus)