Dr Neil Wilson
Associate professor in condensed matter physics, Microscopy group, Physics department, University of Warwick
- Carbon NanoMaterials (Graphene, Chemically Modified Graphene, and Carbon Nanotubes)
- Scanning Probe Microscopy
- Molecular Electronics
More information can be found on the research pages.
I graduated from the Natural Sciences Tripos at Pembroke College Cambridge in 1999. I won a Thouron scholarship to study for a Masters in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Professors Charlie Kane and Gene Mele on the theory behind STM images of individual quantum states in short carbon nanotubes. I returned to the UK in 2000 for a PhD with Boris Muzykantskii and David Cobden. I completed my PhD in the Physics Department of the University of Warwick in 2004. My PhD thesis on "Electronic Transport in Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes, and their Application as Scanning Probe Microscopy tips" is available here (caution, large file 11MB). I stayed in Warwick to follow-up on the work started in my thesis, doing three years on postdoctoral projects with Professor Julie Macpherson in the Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group mainly on the electrical and electrochemical properties of single walled carbon nanotubes. In October 2007 I was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Warwick University.
Currently my research is mainly focused on the structural, mechanical and electrical properties of graphene. In particular I am working on chemically modified graphene in collaboration with Dr Jon Rourke (Chemistry) and chemical vapour deposition of graphene and hBN (with Dr Gavin Bell). I am developing graphene and graphene oxide based TEM supports for high resolution imaging of molecular and macromolecular species (this has led to the graphene oxide TEM grids sold by Agar). With Dr James Covington, I am working on graphene based gas sensors. I also specialise in scanned probe based measurements and this crosses over into my ongoing work on other carbon based materials such as diamond and polymeric and molecular semiconductors. With the rapidly expanding facilities and expertise in electron and ion microscopy at Warwick I am also diversifying into these areas. Further information on my current work will appear on our group research webpages in due course; for my work prior to October 2007 see the Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group website.
I am a member of the Institute of Physics science advisory committee and secretary of the scanning probe microscopy section of the Royal Microscopical Society.
I currently supervise 2 graduate students: Grace Wood and Alex Marsden. I jointly supervise Mark Skilbeck (with Dr Rachel Edwards, Ultrasound group) and Dawn Wood (with Professor Tim Jones, Chemistry department). I have also supervised or co-supervised many summer project students and final year project students.
If you are interested in working with me please contact me!
Teaching and administration
We regularly demonstrate the microscopy facilities to school children, and I have prepared lectures on nanotechnology suitable for presenting at schools or to the general public. If you would like more information please contact me. I also have an interest in the Art of Science - the intrinsic beauty of the physical world expressed through visual representations. Nanostructures in particular can have startling and surprising elegance in form. These 'art' works can also spark the imagination and help in the engagement with science. I will add some examples from my own work (click here), along with explanations of how they can be used to express important scientific concepts. In 2010 I helped organise the Snapshots of Science, see the website for more information.
Our group publication page is usually up to date. I am listed on Google Scholar, and on ORCiD. If you have access to Web of Science then you can find my publications as listed there by selecting my name on the departmental publications page.
Dr Neil Wilson