Applied X-ray spectroscopy

Dr Anna Regoutz

Dr Anna Regoutz -001 (Feb 2018)Anna Regoutz is a Lecturer in Materials Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. She is a CAMS-UK Fellow and holds a Visiting Scientist position at Diamond Light Source. Her research focus lies on bulk, thin film, and nano materials for application in devices, including power electronics, photovoltaics, and biosensors. Her interests include novel growth methods for high quality thin films, nanostructured layers, and nanostructures of inorganic materials with a focus on metal oxides. She works on developing and advancing X-ray spectroscopy methods for bulk materials and surfaces/interfaces in electronic devices. She concentrates on using and developing both laboratory- and synchrotron-based spectroscopic methods to study in particular the electronic structure in oxide heterostructures. Anna uses her combined expertise in deposition and characterisation of these materials to understand and tune the materials’ electronic and optical characteristics to ultimately improve existing device concepts and develop novel device applications.

Anna received her BSc (2009) and Dipl. Ing. (2010) from the Graz University of Technology, Austria. During the Masters programme (Dipl. Ing., DI) she concentrated on “Surface and Interface Technologies”. Whilst studying at Graz she worked at Infineon Technologies Austria, Villach, Austria, where she conducted research for her Masters thesis titled “Evaluation of Decapsulation Methods for Semiconductor Devices”.

She conducted her D.Phil. research in Inorganic Chemistry between 2010 and 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Russell Egdell at the University of Oxford, UK, and Trinity College, Oxford, UK. The research focused on structural and electronic properties of metal oxides. During this time she was awarded a graduate scholarship by Trinity College, and served as the President of the Middle Common Room at Trinity College from 2011-2013. During the academic year 2012/13 she held a non-stipendiary lectureship in Inorganic Chemistry at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK. Anna held an an Imperial College Research Fellowship between 2017 and 2019 in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.

Anna is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), the Institute of Physics (MInstP), the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), the Materials Research Society, and of the Society of Austrian Chemists GÖCH. She currently serves as an ordinary member of the Dielectrics and Electrostatics Group committee of the IoP and as a member of the Solid State Chemistry Group committee of the RSC. She is a co-director for the Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials, which is joint between UCL, Imperial and Trinity College Dublin. Anna is also a member of the science team in the area of nano- and quantummaterials for the ongoing science case exercise for a UK XFEL.  In 2018 she was awarded the Student Academic Choice Award for Best Teaching for Undergraduates at Imperial. In 2019 she was awarded the element Praseodymium in the Periodic Table of Chemists by the IUPAC.

Anna is an Associate Editor in the Understanding the Earth and its Resources section of Frontiers for Young Minds, an open-access scientific journal written by scientists and reviewed by children. Anna serves on the editorial board of Quantum Beam Science.

For a more creative, non-standard view of what Anna thinks about topics related (and unrelated) to her research, check out this interview by Dr Keith Butler, which is part of the Materials Hipster series.