Applied X-ray spectroscopy

Dr Anna Regoutz

Dr Anna Regoutz -001 (Feb 2018)

Anna Regoutz (she/her) 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 of device-relevant bulk materials and material 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. 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 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 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 treasurer 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 quantum materials for the ongoing science case exercise for a UK XFEL. She is a member of the Project Review Panel “Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES)” at PETRA III/DESY. Anna is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In October 2020 Anna joined the STFC Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel.

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. In 2019 she was awarded the element Praseodymium in the Periodic Table of Chemists by the IUPAC. Anna is the 2020 awardee of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Joseph Black Awardfor outstanding contributions to the development and application of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in the area of electronic materials and devices“.

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. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the International HAXPES Conference. In 2021, she will chair the biannual Dielectrics 2021 conference at the Institute of Physics.

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.