Current Group Members

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Martyn McLachlan

Group Leader and Principle Investigator

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Originally from Paisley in the West of Scotland Martyn completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Paisley (now University of the West of Scotland) before moving to the University of Glasgow for his PhD.

He moved to London and Imperial College late in 2004 as a postdoc where he has remained since. In this time he has was a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow (2007-2012) before being appointed as a Lecturer in 2013. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015 and to Reader in 2017 before being appointed full-professor in 2020.

He currently teaches materials characterisation in year 2 as well as overseeing a large piece of coursework in year 2 and teaching an elective module to postgraduate students. He has previously taught core and elective module across all undergraduate years in addition to holding numerous roles that support teaching and learning including course director of the MSc in advanced materials science and engineering and acting as director of undergraduate studies. He is currently the deputy faculty senior tutor (engineering) and the director of the jointly funded EPSRC-SFI centre for doctoral training in the advanced characterisation of materials (cdt-acm).

His research interests principally lie in the area of functional electronic materials, more specifically their deposition and processing in optoelectronic devices. At the heart of this lies a fundamental desire to derive an understanding of the interplay between composition, processing and performance in a range of device platforms and to better understand the role of the numerous interfaces that exist at a variety of length-scales in such devices.

In his spare time he enjoys cooking (not cleaning up) and long walks in the country with his Dog (Baxter)

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Baxter

Official group mascot

Mr Baxter hails from South Wales and has been the official group mascot and unofficial group member since 2019. He became well known during lockdown and has unintentionally appeared on countless Teams/Zoom meetings and has even popped into the odd lecture and tutorial.

He enjoys eating,sleeping and long walks with Martyn

Sun or snow: Snow

Sweet or savoury: Savoury

TV or radio: TV

Tea or coffee: Milky tea

Ketchup or mustard: Both

Bath or shower: Neither, prefer the river

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Bath or shower:Bath

Esra Elhabshi

PhD Student

2021-2025

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William graduated from Kingston University with a BSc in Chemistry with Professional Placement (university of Valladolid, Spain) in 2021 and more recently from Imperial College London with an MRes in Green Chemistry, Energy and the Environment (2022). His BSc project was based around the progression of lead – free perovskites as photovoltaics and his MRes project involved the investigation of an aerosolised solvent in order to improve lead free perovskite photovoltaics. His PhD involves the investigation of doping and defects in metal oxide semiconductors. He commenced his studies in October 2022.

Sun or snow:Sun

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TV or radio: TV

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William Rodríguez Kazeem 

PhD Student

2022-2026

Baxter

Official group mascot

Esra Graduated from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Her bachelor’s degree focused on Nanotechnology and Microsystems. She works in the research and development department of the Saudi oil company, Saudi Aramco. She has been working in the sustainability research team of Saudi Aramco, and she worked on Perovskite single crystal, triple cation high bandgap perovskites, and perovskite solar cells. She joined the group in October 2021.

Sun or snow: Snow

Sweet or savoury: Savoury

TV or radio: TV

Tea or coffee: Milky tea

Ketchup or mustard: Both

Bath or shower: Neither, prefer the river