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Dr Matthew Blunt

Summary
  Matthew Blunt is a lecturer in Physical Chemistry whose research focuses on 2D materials. His group, which consists of 2 PhD students, uses scanning probe microscopy to study the formation of novel 2D organic nanostructures at surfaces. We investigate different approaches to the synthesis of these 2D materials including: the formation of non-covalent structures via supramolecular self-assembly and the growth of 2D covalent-organic frameworks. In addition to the synthesis of 2D materials we are also interested in developing potential applications for these structures such as: sensors, electrochemical catalysts and functional surface coatings. Dr Blunt has worked as a Lecturer at UCL since 2012 and before this he held a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (IEF) at KU Leuven in Belgium working with Prof Steven De Feyter. 
Summary of research group
  Our group is concerned with investigating different methods to control the 2D self-assembly of optically active molecules such as porphyrins. Once novel approach to this has been the use of DNA bases as functional groups on porphyrins to promote selective hydrogen bonding interactions and control the 2D self-assembly (Ya Hu). Another major area of investigation is the formation of 2D covalent-organic frameworks (2D-COFs) grown from porphyrin components. We are investigating methods to increase the structural complexity and the chemical stability of these novel 2D materials (Ya Hu, Niall Goodeal).
Research highlights
   
Research Facilities
 
  • Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM)
  • Atomic Force microscopy (AFM)
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
Awards
   
Memberships
 

  • Member of the Institute of Physics (IoP)
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Research interests
 

• Scanning probe microscopy (SPM)

• Two-dimensional (2D) organic nanostructures 

• 2D supramolecular self-assembly

• 2D covalent organic frameworks (2D-COFs)

• Electrochemical catalysis and sensing with 2D nanomaterials

Teaching
  CHEM3301 - Surfaces and Adsorption
CHEMM301 - Experimental Surface Science
CHEM2301/CHEM2302 - Course Organiser for 2nd year Physical Chemistry Labs