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Carbon Based Nano-materials for Explosive Precursor Detection
GENERAL RESEARCH INTERESTS
Detection of Illicit Substances (Explosives, Drugs, Counterfeit Goods)
- Surface Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Materials Science
MPhys in Physics (1st Class Hons), The University of Liverpool
Research Assistant at the Surface Science Research Center (Summer 2012, The University of Liverpool)
I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...
Coventry, West Midlands, UK
WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC
The Security Science DTC allows me to apply the theoretical and experimental techniques I have gained throughout my degree in experimental Physics, to real life, security related problems. The multidisciplinary nature of the program, requires interaction with other disciplines such as Chemistry and Electrical Engineering, opening up exciting new areas of interest!
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
I am particularly interested in using Nanotechnology to detect illicit substances, such as explosives, drugs and counterfeit goods. Currently, I am investigating how metal oxide semiconducting gas sensors may be enhanced using various nano-structures.
I enjoy playing football, skiing, rugby and most other sports! I also play the guitar (badly!), enjoy socialising with friends, and travel.
MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS
I would like to commercialise my research upon completion of my PhD, through collaboration with industry and academia. The aim would be to provide solutions to current security challenges, as well as identifying other potential areas of application.
WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH
Collaboration with gas sensor manufacturers and researchers, to develop and apply my research, would be very much welcomed. Also, I would like to work with organizations that require detection systems for illicit substances. This would be extremely helpful in developing a detection system for practical use.
PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Gwyn P. Evans, David J. Buckley, Neal T. Skipper and Ivan P. Parkin, "Single-walled carbon nanotube composite inks for printed gas sensors: enhanced detection of NO2, NH3, EtOH and acetone", RSC Adv., 2014,4, 51395-51403, DOI: 10.1039/C4RA09568E
Conference Poster Presentation: International Crime Science Conference 2014 - London, UK – Poster presentation “Carbon based nanomaterials for room temperature detection of explosive precursors”
Conference Poster Presentation: International Nanoscience Student Conference 2013 – London Centre for Nanotechnology, UK – Poster Presentation “ Single-walled carbon nanotube modified gas sensors for explosive detection”
Future Security, Bonn 2012