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Queen Mary University of London (Materials Research Institute)

Address: SEMS, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
URL: http://www.materials.qmul.ac.uk/

A centre of excellence providing the platform to support dynamic inter-disciplinary materials research, in collaboration with academia, research councils and industry professionals.

Queen Mary has a strong tradition of materials-based research. The creation of the Materials Research Institute (MRI) brings together a range of expertise within several Schools: Engineering and Materials, Physics and Astronomy, Biological and Chemical Sciences, and Dentistry to create a coherent interdisciplinary activity focused on five key research themes.

Joe Briscoe

Position: Post-doctoral research associate
URL: http://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/j.briscoe
E-Mail: j.briscoe [AT] qmul.ac.uk

Biography
Dr Joe Briscoe obtained his PhD from Cranfield University on the topic of quantum dot-sensitised ZnO nanorod solar cell. Following this he moved to Queen Mary where he is carrying out postdoctoral research into the use of nanoscale functional materials in energy harvesting, such as ZnO nanorods for piezoelectric energy harvesters, and ferroelectric photo-catalysts for solar powered conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels.

Relevant Publications

Joe Briscoe, Nimra Jalali, Peter Woolliams, Mark Stewart, Paul Weaver, Professor Markys G Cain, FIMMM, CPhys, Steve Dunn, (2013) Measurement techniques for piezoelectric nanogenerators. In: Energy & Environmental Science, 6, 3035-3045.

Joe Briscoe, Mark Stewart, Melvin Vopson, Professor Markys G Cain, FIMMM, CPhys, Paul Weaver, Steve Dunn, (2012) Nanostructured p-n Junctions for Kinetic-to-Electrical Energy Conversion. In: Advanced Energy Materials, Vol. 2, pp. 1261-1268.



Nimra Jalali

Position: PhD Student

Biography
I am a research student working on ZnO nanorods based piezoelectric energy harvester. This research deals with the design, fabrication, optimization and performance evaluation of the energy harvester. The purpose of this work is to scavenge electrical energy from vibrations using nano-structured piezoelectric materials.

Relevant Publications


Steve Dunn

URL: http://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/s.c.dunn
E-Mail: s.c.dunn [AT] qmul.ac.uk

Biography
Dr Steve Dunn initially trained in inorganic sensors under the supervision of Prof. Lesley Yellowlees (University of Edinburgh) and then, for his doctoral studies, with Dr R Vasant Kumar in the group of Prof. D Fray FRS (Cambridge University), before shifting focus to functional materials with an emphasis on non-centriosymetric materials such as ferroelectric or piezoelectric materials with Prof. R Whatmore FREng (Cranfield University). In late 2003 he was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Nanostructured Chemistry at Cranfield University before being promoted to Senior Lecturer. He moved to the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London (SEMS-QMUL) in Jan 2010 as a senior lecturer in Materials Chemistry.




His research group focuses on the interaction and application of non-centriosymetric materials with light and reactive species determining and the outcome of chemical or charge transfer reactions with such surfaces and species in close proximity. This has been demonstrated with high impact publications in areas ranging from nanostructured electronic devices (such as photovoltaics and LED) and ferroelectric photocatalysts.



Relevant Publications

Joe Briscoe, Nimra Jalali, Peter Woolliams, Mark Stewart, Paul Weaver, Professor Markys G Cain, FIMMM, CPhys, Steve Dunn, (2013) Measurement techniques for piezoelectric nanogenerators. In: Energy & Environmental Science, 6, 3035-3045.

Joe Briscoe, Mark Stewart, Melvin Vopson, Professor Markys G Cain, FIMMM, CPhys, Paul Weaver, Steve Dunn, (2012) Nanostructured p-n Junctions for Kinetic-to-Electrical Energy Conversion. In: Advanced Energy Materials, Vol. 2, pp. 1261-1268.



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