September 2020 -
Work done as part of our industry-led project with European
Thermodynamics, Johnson Matthey and Queen Mary University on
upscaling of Heuslers is accepted in the leading materials journal
September 2020 -
Stephen Wark joins the group to do a PhD on metastable chalcogenide
thermoelectrics. Wellcome aboard!
July 2020 -
Funding success! Jan-Willem is awarded a major Leverhulme Trust
grant to investigate phosphide thermoelectrics.
April 2020 -
Collaborative research with Mike Reece at Queen Mary University,
exploiting ultrafast flash-SPS consolidation of half-Heusler
thermoelecrics is accepted in Journal of Alloys and Compounds.
- Jan-Willem is awarded a Leverhulme Trust International Academic
Fellowship to undertake a research visit to the University of Twente
in the Netherlands.
February 2020 -
Collaborative EPSRC funded work demonstrating the use of vanadium as
an inert capping layer to protect half-Heusler thermoelectrics is
accepted in Applied Surface Science.
December 2019 -
Jan-Willem is an invited speaker at MRM2019 in Yokohama, presenting
the latest half-Heuslers compositions developed at Heriot-Watt, and
gives research seminars at the University of Kyoto and Tokyo
Institute of Technology.
November 2019 -
Our EPSRC funded work describing the beneficial impact of Cu on
n-type XNiSn thermoelectrics is published in the Journal of
Materials Chemistry A.
- Jan-Willem presents an overview of our half-Heusler research at
the European Conference on Solid State Chemistry in Lille, France.
July 2019 - Collaborative
work with engineers assessing the promise of SnSe in dye sensitised
solid cells is published in Solar Energy.
July 2019 - Jan-Willem
presents the latest EPSRC half-Heusler results at the International
Conference on thermoelectrics in Gyeongju in Korea.
June 2019 - Excellent news:
our work on the cobalt antimony vacancy half-Heuslers is published as a cover article in the Journal of Materials
Pretty picture alert!
May 2019 - Our work
exploring new possible TiCoSb-based Heusler composites is published
online in the Journal of Solid State Chemistry.
March 2019 - Our paper
assing the impact of vacancies and microstructure in the topical
cobalt antimony based half-Heuslers is accepted in the Journal of
Materials Chemistry C.
March 2019 - Collaborative
work with Prof Duncan Gregory (University of Glasgow) on SnSe -
graphene thermoelectric nanocomposites is published in ACS Omega.
February 2019 - Our paper
on the thermal and heterogeneous electrical properties of phonon-glass
SrTiO3 is accepted into The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
January 2019 - Our PLD
paper in the APL Materials Special Issue on Interfaces in Energy
Materials is selected as cover article. A great honour.
December 2018 - Robert
presents his results on phase stability and single parabolic band
analysis of half-Heuslers with excess copper at the annual RSC
solid-state group Christmas meeting at UCL.
November 2018 - Part of
Maryana's PhD work on challenging TiCoSb based p-types is published
as an invited contribution to a special issue on Heusler compounds
in the journal Metals.
October 2018 -
Collaborative work, part of our EPSRC half-Heusler grant, on PLD
deposition of TiNiSn is accepted into a special issue on Interfaces
in Energy Materials in APL Materials. Well done to all.
September 2018 - Jan-Willem
gives a seminar on structure-property relationships in
thermoelectric materials at the Department of Materials Science and
Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
August 2018 - Our combined
structural and DFT investivation with Ingo Loa at the University of
Edinburgh on the band-gap controlled properties of SnSe is published
in Physical Review Materials.
July 2018 - Jan-Willem and
Srinivas present the latests results from our EPSRC half-Heusler
project at the International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Caen,
July 2018 - Jan-Willem
visits the groups of Prof Anke Weidenkaff and Dr Benjamin Balke at
the University of Stuttgart and gives an invited seminar on
June 2018 - The
Special Issue on Intermetallic Thermoelectrics in Materials,
guest edited by Jan-Willem, is now up to eight published papers,
including great work on half-Heuslers and silicides by some of the
leading academic groups in the field.
May 2018 - Congratulations
to Kathryn MacIntosh for winning the AWE prize for best materials
chemistry project for her work on half-Heusler thermoelectrics. Also
to Mary Jones for winning the Watt medal for best student in the
graduating year. Well done!
April 2018 - Sonia's
successfully defends her PhD thesis. Well done Dr Barczak, many
March 2018 - Sonia's paper
on the impact of interstitial Ni on the electrical and thermal
properties of TiNiSn is published in the Special Issue on
Half-Heusler, Silicide and Zintl-type Thermoelectrics in Materials.
March 2018 - Jan-Willem
is on the programme committee and chairs the Physical Crystallography Group "Hot Topics" session at
the BCA Spring
Meeting at the University of Warwick.
March 2018 - Our paper with
the group of Duncan Gregory on topotactic anion exchange in
thermoelectric SnSe is published in Chemical Science. A great result!
Februari 2018 -
Jan-Willem and Nick Bennett organise a very successful UK
thermoelectric network meeting in the ECCI in Edinburgh.
Februari 2018 -
Congratulations to Sonia for submitting her PhD thesis. Well done
January 2018 - More good
news, Sonia's paper demonstrating viable thermoelectric performance
in TiNiSn half-Heuslers without Hf is accepted into ACS Applied
Materials and Interfaces.
January 2018 - A good start
of the year - Daniella's paper on the formation and impact of
vacancies in the NbCoSn-NbCoSb half-Heuslers is accepted in Physical
Chemistry Chemical Physics.
December 2017 - Daniella
presents a poster on NbCoSn-NbCoSb thermoelectrics at the RSC
solid-state group Christmas meeting at the University of Reading.
November 2017 - We had a
very productive EPSRC half-Heusler project meeting at Royal Holloway
University. With thanks to Professor Jon Goff for input into the
October 2017 - Jan-Willem
publishes an invited
commentary on the computational exploration of strain tuneable
spintronic Heuslers for IUCrJ.
October 2017 -
Congratulation to Maryana for finding a postdoc job at the
University of Manchester. Well done!
September 2017 - Sonia,
Srinivas and Jan-Willem all present at the
European Conference on
Thermoelectrics in Padova.
July 2017 - Srinivas gave
a presentation on our SnSe results at the
European Conference on Solid State
Chemistry in Glasgow, while Daniella and Maryana presented posters on
June 2017 - Our paper on
the similarities between SnSe and classical phonon glass electron
crystal thermoelectrics is published in Applied Physics Letters.
Follow this link
for the manuscript.
May 2017 - Jan-Willem
co-organises and presents at the Quantum, Electronic and
Magnetic Materials meeting at the Centre for Science at Extreme
Conditions at the University of Edinburgh.
April 2017 - Jan-Willem
co-organised the Physical Crystallography Programme of the
BCA Spring Meeting in Lancaster and chaired a session on
Distortions and Dynamics
April 2017 - Jan-Willem
gave an invited talk on our half-Heusler research at the
ETP-SHFCA: Energy Storage in a Changing World Meeting in
March 2017 - Many
congratulations to Maryana for successfully defending her PhD thesis
on TiCoSb-based half-Heusler thermoelectrics. Well done Dr Asaad!
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 results on SnSe 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