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Prof David Scanlon

Professor of Computational Materials Design

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2011

Research summary

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), thermoelectrics (TEs), photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, solid state lighting, X-ray and γ-ray radiation detectors, Li-ion batteries, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and topological insulators. A recurring theme in the groups research is the use of 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.

Teaching summary

2018 – present Post Graduate Tutor for UCL students at the Harwell Campus

2018 – present Lecturer on the “Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry” course for third year undergrad Chemists (CHEM0030)

2017 Member of the UCL EPSRC- Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Small Research Grants Panel

2016 – 2018 Inorganic Section Teaching Coordinator

2016 – 2018 Member of the Chemistry Department Teaching Committee

2016 – present Member of the Chemistry Department Research Committee

2015 – 2017 Inorganic Section Seminar Coordinator

2015 – 2018 Lecturer on the “New Directions in Materials Chemistry” course for third year undergrad Chemists (CHEM3401)

2013 – 2017 Member of the CHEMM901 SARPIC Panel (Final year project marking)

2013 – present Lecturer on the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science (M3S IDC) in UCL (CHEMGMO4)

2014 – present Tutor for second year Inorganic Chemistry course in UCL (CHEM2102/2103)

2011 – 2014 Tutor for First year Inorganic Chemistry course in UCL (CHEM1101)

Education

PGCE, PGCE. |
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow |
University College London
Doctorate, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2016
Trinity College Dublin
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2011
Trinity College Dublin
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2006

Biography

I completed my undergraduate degree in Computational Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2006, and then joined the research group of Professor Graeme W. Watson in TCD. During my PhD my research focused on investigating oxides with catalytic applications, as well as studying the fundamental properties of transparent conducting oxides (TCOs).

I successfully defended my thesis “Electronic structure studies of p-type semiconducting oxides” in my examination by Prof. C. Richard A. Catlow FRS, University College London (UCL) and Prof John C. Corish, TCD on 21st January 2011. I received a Thomas Young Centre Junior Research Fellowship to visit UCL for 3 weeks for a collaboration with Prof. Catlow in spring 2011.

In October 2011 I moved to the Department of Chemistry in UCL to take up a Ramsay Fellowship, jointly funded by the Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust and the MAPS Faculty in UCL to carry out independent research into novel materials for renewable energy applications. In 2012, I was awarded the Royal Irish Academy Young Chemists prize for 2011, for “the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis of 2011 in the area of the chemical sciences”. I also received an honourable mention in the 2012 IUPAC World Prize for Young Chemists competition.

In September 2013 I was appointed as a Lecturer in Computational, Materials and Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in UCL. The position is a joint appointment with Diamond Light Source, and I spend approximately 50% of my week at Diamond.

In 2015 I was awarded the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize for the “development and application of computational techniques to understanding and predicting the properties of functional semi-conductors for energy applications”. In June 2015, I was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In October 2016 I was appointed as a Reader (Associate Professor) in Computational, Materials and Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in UCL. In December 2016 I was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), which means that I have met the appropriate standards in teaching and supporting learning in higher education, under the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

In July 2017 I was awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant, to examine mixed anion semiconductors for energy applications.

In June 2018, I was awarded the UCL Student Union Student Choice Award for “Outstanding Research Supervision”, with the award highlighted in the UCL MAPS Faculty news. Following this I was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2018 for “Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year”. In October 2018, I was promoted to Professor in the Department of Chemistry in UCL, with the title Chair of Computational Materials Design.

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