Dr David Scanlon

Dr David Scanlon

Address: Rm 355 KLB, Department of Chemistry University College London 20 Gordon Street London WC1H 0AJ
Phone No: +44 (0)20 7679 0486
Dr David Scanlon

  • Computational Materials Design
  • Defects in inorganic solids
  • Earth abundant semiconductors
  • Semiconducting oxides

My primary research interests and experience are in the electronic structure and defect chemistry of emerging materials for a wide variety of applications, including but not limited to: transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), photovoltaics (PV), photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, solid state lighting, X-ray and γ-ray radiation detectors, Li-ion batteries, catalysis and topological insulators. A recurring theme in my research is the use rational chemical design to predict the properties of novel inorganic solids for the above applications, and then the full electronic structure and defect chemistry characterization of these materials to test their application suitability.

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  • D. O. Scanlon, C. W. Dunnill, J. Buckeridge, S. A. Shevlin, A. J. Logsdail, S. M. Woodley, C. R. A. Catlow, M. J. Powell, R. G. Palgrave, I. P. Parkin, G. W. Watson, T. W. Keal, P. Sherwood, A. Walsh and A. A. Sokol, “Band alignment of rutile and anatase TiO2”, Nature Materials, 12 798 (2013) http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v12/n9/full/nmat3697.html
  • D. O. Scanlon, “Defect engineering of BaSnO3 for high performance transparent conducting oxide applications”, Physical Review B, 87, 161201(R) (2013) http://prb.aps.org/abstract/PRB/v87/i16/e161201
  • D. O. Scanlon, P. D. C. King, R. P. Singh, A. de la Torre, S. McKeown Walker, G. Balakrishnan, F. Baumberger and C. R. A. Catlow, “Controlling Bulk Conductivity in Topological Insulators: Key Role of Anti-Site Defects”, Advanced Materials, 24, 2154 (2012) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201200187/pdf
  • D. O. Scanlon, A. B. Kehoe, G. W. Watson, M. O. Jones, W. I. F. David, D. J. Payne, R. G. Egdell, P. P. Edwards, and A. Walsh, “Nature of the band gap and origin of the conductivity of PbO2 revealed by theory and experiment”, Physical Review Letters, 107, 246402 (2011) http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v107/i24/e246402
  • M. Burbano, D. O. Scanlon and G. W. Watson, “Sources of conductivity and doping limits in CdO from hybrid density functional theory”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133, 15065 (2011)  http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja204639y

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  • 2002-2006 BA (Mod) in Computational Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin
  • 2006-2011 PhD, School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin. Thesis title: “Electronic structure studies of p-type semiconducting oxides”. Supervisor, Professor Graeme W. Watson.
  • 2011-2013 Ramsay Memorial Fellow, Department of Chemistry, UCL. Hosted by Professor C. Richard A. Catlow
  • 2013- Lecturer in Computational, Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, UCL. Joint appointment with Diamond Light Source


  • 2012 Irish Nomination for the IUPAC International Prize for Young Chemists. Received an honourable mention (one of 5 runners up).
  • 2012 Royal Irish Academy Young Chemists Prize 2011, for the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis of 2011 in the area of the chemical sciences
  • 2011 Ramsay Memorial Fellowship in UCL
  • 2008/2009 BOC postgraduate award in TCD