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 focuses on bulk, thin film, and nanomaterials 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 focusing 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 of device-relevant bulk materials and material heterostructures. Anna uses her combined expertise in the 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 Master’s 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 Master’s 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. Her 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 Imperial College Research Fellowship between 2017 and 2019 in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.
Anna is the 2020 awardee of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Joseph Black Award “for outstanding contributions to the development and application of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in the area of electronic materials and devices” and in 2019 was awarded the element Praseodymium in the Periodic Table of Chemists by the IUPAC. Her efforts in teaching were awarded the Student Academic Choice Award for Best Teaching for Undergraduates at Imperial in 2018 and the Materials Lecturer of the Year award from the Royal School of Mines in 2019.
Anna is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), the Institute of Physics (MInstP), the Materials Research Society, and the Society of Austrian Chemists GÖCH. She is the Co-Director (UCL) for Admissions of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials between UCL, Imperial College, and Trinity College Dublin. She serves as a member of several international and national committees, including the Materials Chemistry Community (MCC) Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Dielectrics and Electrostatics Group committee of the IoP, the Atoms to Devices Steering Group of the Henry Royce Institute, the Science and Technology Facilities (STFC) Physical Sciences & Engineering Advisory Panel, the Advisory Board of the International HAXPES Conference, and the Project Review Panel “Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES)” at PETRA III/DESY, Hamburg, Germany. She is also a Science Team Member of the UK XFEL Science Case Exercise in the Nano & Quantum Materials section. In January 2023, she took on the role of Faculty Lead Green Champion for the Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Science at UCL, championing sustainability.
Anna is a Specialty Chief Editor in the newly formed Chemistry section of Frontiers for Young Minds, an open-access scientific journal written by scientists and reviewed by children. In 2020 she was featured in the Merck/Sigma Next Great Impossible Campaign.
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.