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Dr. Steve Dunn, Centre for Materials Research, Queen Mary University of London, London, E1 4NS, UK


Dr Steve Dunn initially trained in inorganic sensors under the supervision of Prof. Lesley Yellowlees (University of Edinburgh) and then for his doctoral studies, with Dr R Vasant Kumar (Cambridge University). He then shifted focus to functional materials with an emphasis on non-centriosymetric materials (ferroelectric or piezoelectric) materials with Prof. R Whatmore FREng (Cranfield University). He moved to the Centre for Materials Research, School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London (SEMS-QMUL) in Jan 2010 as a senior lecturer in Materials Chemistry.

His research group focuses on the interaction and application of nanostructured non-centriosymetric materials. The main focus is the interaction of the surfaces with light or reactive species to determie the outcome of chemical or charge transfer. This has been demonstrated with high impact publications in areas ranging from nanostructured electronic devices (such as photovoltaics and LED) and ferroelectric photocatalysts.

Steve has published 52 articles (WoS search 22nd January 2012) as the lead author. In total Steve has (co-)authored in excess of 60 articles in journals (JACS, Angew. Chem., App. Phys. Lett., Nano. Lett., Chem. Comm., Chem. Mat., Ad. Mat, and Mat. Chem. ). His current team consists of 10 researchers.


Nanotechnology in the taught environment

Dr Steve Dunn, Centre for Materials Research, Queen Mary University of London, London, E1 4NS, UK

Nanotechnology is a key underpinning platform that provides new learning opportunities in a number of traditional science and engineering disciplines. However, defining nanotechnology and bringing this forward into a suitable taught environment requires careful thought and consideration. In this short presentation I will describe some of the key tools being implemented with the help of the Institute of Nanotechnology (based in the UK) to expand the range of opportunities for young people to develop both understanding and key skills.