March 2017 - Hosted Dr
Shintaro Ishiwata from the University of Tokyo who presented some
great results on unusual thermoelectric properties in correlated
Februari 2017 - Published
two excellent collaborative papers with the Gregory group on
nanoparticulate SnSe and SnTe thermoelectrics in Advanced Energy
Materials and Materials, respectively. See the publication page for
February 2017 - Srinivas
gave a very well received talk on our latest SnSe results at the
EPSRC Thermoelectric Network Meeting in Manchester. Great effort.
January 2017 - Hosted Dr
Mark Senn from the University of Oxford who gave a very insightful
talk on the power of symmetry analysis of functional materials.
November 2016 - We
undertook our first ever inelastic neutron scattering experiment on
Mari instrument at ISIS and combined this with a productive
EPSRC half-Heusler grant project meeting.
October 2016 - Jan-Willem
gave an invited talk on half-Heusler thermoelectrics at the EPSRC
meeting in Glasgow.
September 2016 - Jan-Willem
co-organised a successful symposium on thermoelectric materials at
the European Physical Society: Condensed
Matter Division conference in Groningen. Srinivas gave a well
received talk on the thermoelectric properties of SnSe.
August 2016 - It's now
official: Jan-Willem is promoted to Associate Professor (Reader) in
Energy Materials. Thanks to the group for all their hard work!
July 2016 - Jan-Willem
attended the Gordon Research Conference in Solid State Chemistry at
Colby Sawyer College and presented recent work on nanocomposite
June 2016 - Our conference
paper on the possiblity of phonon-glass electron crystal behaviour
in SrTiO3 is published in MRS Advances.
June 2016 - Last missing
piece of the thermoelectric characterisation suite - a Linseis laser
flash instrument is installed in our lab - very exciting!
June 2016 - Collaborative
work with Dr Ingo Loa on the crystal and electronic structure of
high-pressure bismuth telluride phases is accepted in Physical
Review B. See the publications page for details.
June 2016 - Maryana's work
on the high-temperature stability of TiCoSb based half-Heuslers is
published in RSC
May 2016 - Our article on
nanocomposite half-Heuslers is selected for a special
virtual issue on
thermoelectric materials in Chemistry of Materials.
April 2016 - Our Journal of
Materials Chemistry article on texturing in SnSe is highlighed in
the news section of the MRS
April 2016 - Collaborative
research with the Gregory group in Glasgow on the facile synthesis
of SnSe nanoparticles is published in
March 2016 - Our recent
EPSRC funding award on nanostructured half-Heuslers attracts
interest in the online editions of the
Engineer and the
Chemical Engineer magazines.
February 2016 - More good
news: Our manuscript on large thermoelectric power factors and the
impact of texturing on the thermal conductivity of SnSe is published
in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. The article can be found
January 2016 - Many
congratulations to Srinivas who is awarded a prestigious Marie Curie
Individual Fellowship to work in Bordeaux. Excellent news and well
December 2015 - Srinivas
gives an oral presentation on A-site deficient perovskites and
presents a poster on SnSe at the RSC Solid State Group Christmas
meeting at the University of Kent.
October 2015 - Funding
success!! We have been awarded a large EPSRC grant to investigate
nanostructured half-Heusler thermoelectrics. The project involves
collaborators from Glasgow, Royal Holloway and industry. More
information can be found
August 2015 - A paper
containing detailed neutron powder diffraction studies and single
parabolic band analysis of XNiSn half-Heuslers is accepted into a
special issue on thermoelectrics in the Journal of Materials
July 2015 - Collaborative
papers with Dr Liliana Viciu at the ETH in Zurich and Dr Nick
Bennett at Heriot-Watt are accepted into Inorganic Chemistry and
Nano Energy, respectively, see the publications page for further
- Srinivas wins first prize in the
Annual EPS Postgraduate Research Photo Competition. Well done
- Ruth wins third place in the RSC Energy Sector PhD Thesis Award
Competition 2014. Well done Ruth!
- Diana Jelenova is awarded a
prestigious RSC undergraduate bursary to undertake a project on
metal oxide redox cycles during the summer.
- A manuscript based on Sonia's
undergraduate research project work on manganese silicides has been
accepted for publication in the Journal of Solid State Chemistry.
- Ruth's prize winning PhD research on
nanocomposites is published in Chemistry of Materials.
- Collaborative research investigating
the structure of the high ZT material SnSe at high pressures has
been published as a fast track communication in the Journal of
Physics Condensed Matter.
- Sonia shares the prize for best poster
at the annual RSC solid state group Christmas meeting held at the
Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. Congratulations to Sonia.
- Our paper on the
stability, structure and properties of nominally A-site deficient Sr2FeMoO6
has been accepted into a special issue on Perovskite materials in
- Ruth is one the winners of the
"Postgraduate Research Thesis Prize". This is the annual prize for
best PhD thesis from the School of Engineering and Physical
Sciences. Well done Ruth!
- Our invited article on
spark plasma sintering processed half-Heuslers
has been published in a special issue on New Energy Materials in the open access journal Materials.
- Our invited Topical Review article
thermoelectrics: a complex class
of materials" has been accepted into the Journal of Physics
- Our article describing possible
electron-crystal behaviour in A-site deficient SrTiO3
thermoelectric ceramics has been accepted into RSC Advances.
- A collaborative research article with the group of Prof. Paul
Attfield at the University of Edinburgh has just been published in
Angewandte Chemie. Please see the publications page for details.
- Ruth successfully defends her thesis and is now Dr. Ruth Downie.
- Sonia wins the AWE prize for best dissertation project in
materials chemistry. Well done!
- Sonia Barczak presents the results of her MChem project at the
2014 SCI Undergraduate Symposium at the University of Glasgow.
- Jan-Willem attends the inaugural EPSRC Thermoelectric Network meeting on
and Challenges in Thermoelectric Materials and their Applications
at the Manchester
Conference Centre, University of Manchester.
- Ruth wins the Roy Prize for the best student talk at the annual
state chemistry group Christmas meeting at the University of
Bath. Well done Ruth!
- Collaborative work with scientists at the Julich Centre for
Neutron Science and the Institute Laue Langevin has been accepted
for publication in Physical Review B. The paper describes the
investigation of the Nd crystal field excitations in the high-Tc
parent material NdFeAsO.
- European Conference on Thermoelectrics. Ruth and Jan-Willem gave
well received back to back presentations at the
ECT 2013 conference at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk,
- We have just had a paper accepted into
an Emerging Investigators Issue in the Journal of Materials
Chemistry A. The
article describes the structural characterisation and
thermoelectric performance of multiphase XNiSn half-Heuslers.
- Jan-Willem gave a research seminar on half-Heusler thermoelectrics
to the condensed matter physics group at the University of
Birmingham, and attended the second of the EPSRC Inspire grant
meetings at the University of Oxford.
- Welcome to Sonia Barczak (MChem),
Debbie Redpath (BSc) and Francis Henry (BSc) who will be doing their
final year undergraduate research projects in the group.
Congratulations to Gavin and Alexandros who successfully completed
their projects and taught MSc degrees and both found industrial
jobs. Well done.
- Gavin Chan and Alexandros
join the research group to undertake their taught MSc research
project on oxide thermoelectrics, and catalysts for water splitting,
- The RSC Annual Report on
New Structures and Compounds in the solid state authored by
Jan-Willem Bos is now published online.
- Jan-Willem Bos is awarded a Carnegie Trust Large Research Grant in collaboration with
Dr Chris Stock and Dr Mark de Vries of the University of Edinburgh,
and Prof. Stephen Lee at the University of St Andrews.
- Our collaborative research investigating the unusual magnetic
ground state in the double perovskite oxide Ba2YMoO6
is published in the New Journal of Physics.
- Jan-Willem Bos is awarded a collaborative EPSRC "Inspire"
with investigators from the Universities of Glasgow, Leeds,
Liverpool and Oxford. The title is "INSPIRE
Physical Sciences: A synergy for next generation materials science"
Our work demonstrating good thermoelectric performance in
TiNiSn is published in an
Emerging Investigators issue in the high-impact journal Chemical
The article can be found