Dr Guru Venkat
Guru graduated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2018. He was studying the propagation of spin waves in magnetic nanostructures using micromagnetic simulations and Brillouin light scattering. He is now hired on an EPSRC funded project for measuring the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in bulk single and polycrystalline materials as well as thin films. He is also studying the role of spin waves in the SSE and how the SSE efficiency can be increase by utilizing better spin wave propagation.
Dr Christopher Cox
Chris graduated from his undergraduate with a 1st Class Honours in Physics and Sports Science from Loughborough University in 2014. After accepting a PhD position in 2014, he later successfully defended his Viva and graduated in December 2018 with a PhD in Experimental Physics. His thesis summarised work on fabricating and developing Heusler alloy thin films and multilayers for waste heat energy harvesting based on the spin Seebeck effect.
Chris undertook his first Post-Doctoral Research Associate position working on magnetite for similar thermoelectric applications. Continuing with the same vein of research his second position was based on increasing the efficiency and figure of merit of such devices. Amongst his many talents, Chris has a wealth of thin film deposition knowledge in addition to magnetic, thermal and electrical characterisation techniques including extensive experience of experiments at neutron and hard x-ray large scale facilities.
Mr Mohamed Mohsen Abdelaziz Awad
Mohamed is a first year PhD student working on alternative thin films for spin Seebeck devices (thermoelectrics, magnetism and spin Seebeck effect). He has experience in the development of nanomaterials, solar cells and thermoelectrics.
Ms Saloni Saloni
Saloni is a MSc Advanced Physics student working on the project ‘Tandem Type Perovskite Solar Cell’. The aim of this is to generate data flow by light using Li-Fi technology (a Visible Light Communications (VLC) system) powered by a Solar cell. Currently, she is studying Perovskites as the functional layer of a Tandem type solar cell. She has experience in electronics and knows how to develop integrated circuits on Proteus Simulation, DipTrace and on PCB single and double-sided layout.
Mr Nikhil Suchak
Nikhil is a final year MPhys Engineering Physics undergraduate, returning from a year in industry, investigating the spin Seebeck effect in alternative alloys. These thin films will first be characterized to identify their physical parameters, before conducting electrical and magnetic measurements to calculate the spin Seebeck coefficient. Should this work be successful, a potential device may have been found that can be industrialised for thermoelectric applications.