Welcome to the website of the research group of David Payne. The work we do can be summed up in a few words – make, measure, understand. We synthesize a wide range of functional materials and characterise their electronic and chemical properties using state-of-the-art characterisation techniques. As a group we specialise in photoelectron spectroscopy – but our interests are only limited by our imagination.
Below you can find our recent good news, publications and places we’ve been.
Fully Funded PhD Studentship Available!
We have a fully funded PhD studentship available in the group. This is a very exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and creative research team. The details of the project is below. For further importation please contact Dr Payne directly.
Novel Spectroscopy. Understanding Surfaces. Cleaner Energy
Please see the “Join Us” page for more information.
PhD students Robert Walker and Caro Riedel attended MC12 conference in York presenting posters on the bismuth segregation in cubic ternary oxides and the nano structure of epitaxial strontium stanate thin films grown with the PLD. The conference opened with an inspiring talk by Daniel Nocera building on his work on the artificial leaf. Some notable keynote talks were from our collaborators Molly Stevens, Robert Palgrave, Aron Walsh and David Scanlon. Lead perovskites were a reoccurring theme and we will soon be joining in the fun!
In collaboration with the Stevens group a paper has just been accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry C. It concerns XPS studies on the deprotonation of polyaniline (PANI). The advance article view is available on the journal website.
On the 17th of April members and collaborators of the Egdell group met at Trinity College, Oxford, for a reunion to mark Russ’ retirement. Below you can find some snapshots of the evening.
Egdell Group and Collaborators Dinner
Russ’ last DPhil students: David Payne, Freddy Oropeza, Anna Regoutz, Kelvin Hongliang Zhang (from left to right).
The Italians: Francesco Borgatti, Giancarlo Panaccione, Francesco Offi (from left to right).
Philip King, Chris Poll and Matthias Kahk (from left to right)
Graeme Watson and David Scanlon
We have reported before that the group in collaboration with VG Scienta and Uppsala University has published a paper on a new operation mode to increase the photoelectron transmission in high-pressure photoelectron spectrometers. The final version of this paper is now available here.
This week (30 March – 3 April) Matthias Kahk and Anna Regoutz are attending the 6th International Conference on Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC) in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Matthias will gave a talk on Final Lifetime Broadening in Valence Band HAXPES and Anna will give a talk on Polarisation Dependence in Hard X-ray Photoemission of Sn-doped Anatase TiO2.
Anna and Matthias will be tweeting updates on our twitter account throughout the conference.
Further information can be found here: HAXPES 2015 and NSRRC
In collaboration with VG Scienta and Uppsala University the group has just published a paper on a new operation mode to increase the photoelectron transmission in high-pressure photoelectron spectrometers. You can find the abstract and uncorrected proof here.
A fully funded 3-year PhD studentship in “High-pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Solar Water Splitting Materials” is available in the group. It is open to all UK/EU students who meet the EPSRC residency criteria and will start in October 2015.
The full advert can be found here. For any further information please contact Dr David Payne (d.payne – at – imperial.ac.uk).
Geoff was awarded the first prize in the category “Best Poster Presentation” at the 5th Postdoctoral Symposium of the Department of Materials today, which was sponsored by Netzsch. Below is a photograph of the proud winner. Congratulations!
From today the Payne Research Group has it’s own twitter account with the handle @groupofpayne. Follow us to get updates on the group’s activities throughout the year.