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Professor Vin Dhanak PhD

Professor Physics

    Research

    Research Interest 1

    My main interests are in adsorbate induced surface structures, which I investigate using normal incidence X-ray wavefield technique and LEED I-V; surface melting and high temperature phase transitions on semiconductor surfaces; functionalization of carbon nanotubes and nano composite materials, novel materials for PV and high-k oxides.

    Research Group Membership

    Research Grants

    FLUENCE: Felix Light for the UK: Exploiting Novel Characteristics and Expertise.

    ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

    October 2017 - March 2022

    Dielectric engineering on GaN for sustainable energy applications

    UK-INDIA EDUCATION AND RESEARCH INITIATIVE (UK)

    April 2018 - March 2021

    Donor Design for Maximum Mobility TCOs

    ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

    February 2016 - September 2019

    Enhancing nanoscience at the SRS using scanning tunnelling microscopy.

    SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL (STFC)

    April 2005 - May 2007

    Finding universal design laws for efficiency enhancing layers in thin film PV

    ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

    April 2013 - December 2015

    Research Collaborations

    Prof. Martyn Pemble

    External: University College Cork, Ireland

    Laurence Hardwick

    Internal

    Photoemission measurements from battery materials

    Frank Jaekel

    Internal

    Photoemission measurements from nano-particles

    Joe Smerdon, Prof. Waqar Ahmed

    External: University of Central Lancashire

    Various, including STM measurements, photoemission measurements.

    Satheeshe Krishnamurty

    External: The Open University

    Ken Durose, Tim Veal

    Internal

    Photoemission measurements on PV materials

    Prof. Amit Chakrobarty

    External: National Institute of Technology Durgapur

    Prof. Chris Lucas

    Internal

    Joint PhD students

    Prof. Steve Hall, Dr. Ivona Mitrovich

    Internal

    Joint students

    Prof. S. Jeelani

    External: Tuskegee University

    We have made two NSF grant proposals as part of a consortium with research interests in nanocomposites.

    Prof. Hassan Mahfuz

    External: Florida Atlantic University

    We are embarking on a new relationship of collaboration in teaching and research associated with minority US students. Research involves nanocomposites. Two NSF proposals have been made.

    Rasmita Raval

    Internal

    I have supported this group in their research activity at the SRS Daresbury. Specifically, in measurements of dichroism from chiral molecules adsorbed on copper surfaces.

    Steve Barrett

    Internal

    We have collaborated on a number of research projects of mutual interest and I have supported Steve's research interest at the SRS regarding photoemission from rare earth systems. We have also made measurements using LEED I-V and circular polarised light at the SRS.

    Ronan McGrath

    Internal

    We have collaborated on a number of research projects of mutual interest and published as co-authors. The most recent collaboration is to develop an STM based Nanoscience station on beamline 4.1 at the SRS, Daresbury.

    Toni Santoni

    External: ENEA, Frascatti, Italy

    Research collaboration and measurement at BESSY and SRS synchrotron radiation sources. Research interests include surface melting and phase transitions, adsorbate induced reconstructions and surface structure determination. Techniques used include photoemission, photoabsorption, X-ray standing wavefield technique, surface EXAFS