Applied X-ray spectroscopy


Research Project for Laidlaw Scholars – Apply Now

The call for the Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme for 2023 is now live! UCL hosts around 25 students each year to become Laidlaw Scholars as part of a program across several universities supported by the Laidlaw Foundation. Part of the programme is a six week research project and our group is offering one such project for next summer.

The project is centred around low temperature deposition of indium oxide thin films for applications in optoelectronic devices. As part of the project you will explore low-temperature sol-gel routes to deposit high quality thin films and characterise them with a range of materials characterisation techniques, including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. You will be supported by Aysha Riaz, a PhD student in the group. You can find further information on the project and on all projects here.

Do feel free to contact Anna if you are interested and have any questions and find out more details about how to apply here. The deadline is Monday 16 January 2023 at 23:59.


Collaboration with Jerry Heng’s Group

Curran welcomed PhD student Ethan Errington from Jerry Heng’s group (Imperial College London, Chemical Engineering Dep.) to the Department of Chemistry for some XPS experiments on their group’s latest samples. Jerry Heng’s group are interested in using XPS to better understand the surface chemistries of oil-in-water adsorbants. This marks the first collaboration between the groups, and we are thrilled to be providing our XPS expertise! Ethan and Curran first met each other 8 years ago when they both studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds. They have both come a long way since their last collaboration which was designing a heat exchanger in their second year of their undergraduate degree.


Final year PhD talks

Nathalie and Curran both presented their projects as part of the departmental final year PhD talks in July. Nathalie shared her results on Structural & Electronic Effects of X-ray Irradiation on Prototypical Catalysts and Curran shared his work on X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of TixW1-x Diffusion Barriers. Both talks received excellent feedback from our departmental community and Curran was named runner up for the Clarke Prize for the best talk in the inorganic chemistry section. Congratulations!