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Research interests

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 is currently funded by EPSRC.









Research interests

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  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research

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Active Nano Mapping Facility - ANM NNUF2

Fox, N. A.


Project: Research, Parent

NNUF Active HS-AFM Facility

Fox, N. A.


Project: Research

  • Research Output

    Diamond chemical vapor deposition using a zero-total gas flow environment

    Croot, A., Mahoney, E. J. D., Dominguez Andrade, H., Ashfold, M. N. R. & Fox, N. A., 22 Jul 2020, In : Diamond and Related Materials. 109, 7 p., 108011.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Pulsed laser deposition of single phase n- and p-type Cu2O thin films with low resistivity

    Farhad, S. F. U., Cherns, D., Smith, J., Fox, N. & Fermin, D., 1 Aug 2020, In : Materials and Design. 193, 9 p., 108848.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 7 Downloads (Pure)

    Solar Thermal Characterisation of Micro-Patterned High Temperature Selective Surfaces

    Cen, H., Nunez-Sanchez, S., Bickerton, I., Fox, N. A. & Cryan, M. J., 18 May 2020, In : Journal of Photonics for Energy. 10, 2, 024503.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 25 Downloads (Pure)

    Supervised Work

    Aluminium and Oxygen Termination of Diamond for Thermionic Applications

    Author: James, M. C., 24 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: May, P. (Supervisor) & Fox, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)