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A list of the previous PhD and post-docs who worked in our group.

Shahab received his PhD degree in physics from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, India, investigating fabrication and the optical, structural and optoelectronic properties of two dimensional inorganic-organic perovskites under Dr. G. Vijaya Prakash. He has been a visiting researcher at Nanophotonics Centre, University of Cambridge under Prof. J Baumberg. His long term research interest includes the fabrication of functional nanostructured materials, development of new techniques to create highly organized assemblies of carbon nanotubes, integrated optoelectronic devices, third-generation photovoltaics.



Dr David Beesley
David undertook his PhD at Imperial College London within the field of organic electronics and device physics.  During his PhD Dr Beesley won 1st place in the EPSRC UKICT Pioneers competition for his work on fabrication complex nano-structured electrical devices. Prior to this he completed an MPhil in Nanotechnology Enterprise at the University of Cambridge conducting research on gallium nitride based LEDs. Dr Beesley has previously been a visiting researcher at the National University of Singapore and The University of Nottingham. He has given talks at leading international conferences including MRS spring/fall and has a strong in interest in the fabrication of nano-structures and device physics.


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 is a visiting Ph.D. researcher from imec, Belgium. He obtained his degree in Biomedical Sciences and masters in Bioelectronics & Nanotechnology at Hasselt University. As a fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), he is working on the development of new-generation electrodes for electrophysiological measurements of electrogenic cells, with high spatial resolution and  sensitivity. He is visiting the NanoManufacturing group to work on CNT microstructures that can be used as electrodes for high-quality electrogenic cell measurements.



Chandramohan received his PhD degree in nanotechnology from the university of Genova, Italy, investigating self-assembly and self-organization processes of nanostructures,  and shortly he joined as a postdoctoral fellow in the research group of Prof.Dr.Liberato Manna, developing advanced colloidal routes to produce tailor-made nanocrystals and their surface engineering/functionalization suitable for visible-infrared light harvesting, bifunctional heterogeneous catalysts, and Li-ion batteries. His long term research interests include the fabrication and assembly of novel nanostructures, and to develop their applications ranging from plasmonic to photo-catalytic to flexible energy conversion/storage devices, as sustainable and cost-effective future technologies.



Dr Mehdi GolozarMedhi undertook his PhD as a Marie Curie Researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials at the University of Cambridge (UK), investigating the development of porous, bioactive titanium oxide-based coatings using plasma electrolytic oxidation. Prior to this, he completed his B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto (Canada). He also gained industrial experience at Honda (Canada), where he spearheaded several research projects and their implementation into mass production. His long term research interests include micro-/nano-manufacturing of novel, functional surface structures with a wide range of applications, from medicine to sustainable energy conversion and storage devices.


Sarah Jessl profile picDr Sarah Jessl
During my PhD in the Nanomanufacturing group I worked on the fabrication of 3D CNT structures (mostly honeycomb structures) and their subsequent modification with metal oxides in microwave-assisted, hydrothermal processes. The applications of those structures included anodes for Lithium-ion batteries and photoelectrodes for watersplitting, as well as a range of other outside of energy storage. After my PhD I started as a lab team lead in Material Physics and Analytics at BASF in Germany where I am responsible for key characterization techniques for the many research projects.



Dr Christoph Messner
Christoph received his PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. His PhD thesis was a unique combination of analytical and theoretical chemistry. He developed new enrichment techniques for phosphopeptides and used quantum mechanical methods to explain these bioanalytical techniques at the molecular level. He obtained a University of Cambridge / Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowship, studying metal ion-metabolite complexes in hydrothermal conditions. Within this project he worked together with two research teams at the University of Cambridge, the group of Dr. Markus Ralser at the Biochemistry department and the Nanomanufacturing group of Dr. Michael De Volder.


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Dr Hadi Modarres
Hadi received his PhD degree from the University of Cambridge, investigating graphene nanoparticle hybrids and their assembly for Li-ion batteries. During his PhD he undertook an internship to use machine learning for image recognition of scanning electron microscope images. He joined the NanoManufacturing group from the Nano Doctoral Training Centre PhD programme. Prior to this, he obtained his MEng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge where he worked on inkjet printing of graphene and 2d material inks for flexible electronics.


NucaraDr Luca Nucara
Luca is a visiting PhD student from The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy). He is working on new smart carbon nanotubes composites for sensing applications. His research interests include materials chemistry, smart materials and self-assembled photonic structures



Laurien Van Den BroeckLaurien is a visiting PhD student at the Nanomanufacturing group. She is working on the fabrication of advanced CNT structures for bone tissue scaffolds. Her work includes the development of CNT-gel composites. She is part of the Functional Materials group of prof. dr. Jennifer Patterson at the university of Leuven in Belgium, where she is pursuing her PhD.




Dr Johannes Vanpaemel
Johannes is a visiting researcher from imec, Belgium. He obtained his degree in physics and masters in Nanoscience at the University of Leuven, and is affiliated to imec - an industry funded research institute focusing on nanoelectronics. He has been studying the growth of carbon nanotubes to enable their integration in nanoelectronics. He is visiting the Nanomanufacturing group to work on the manipulation of carbon nanotubes into highly packed monolayers that can be used as a channel material for transistors.


Dr Jan Rongé
Jan is a visiting resaercher from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He obtained his MSc in catalytic science at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. As a fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), he is investigating photoelectrochemical cells for solar hydrogen production. He is currently focusing on the arrangement of carbon nanostructures on silicon surfaces to be used as scaffolds for semiconductors and electrocatalysts in energy applications.



Charlie Stokes
Charlie is a student in Queens' College and the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. She is studying for an MPhil in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise and works on a project to design carbon nanotube biosensors under the supervision of Dr. Michael de Volder and Dr. Ronan Daly. Her interests are in new materials for design, environmental and medical devices and manufacturing. She previously completed internships at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore, UCL, and London based design studio ROLI.

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