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Professor Judith Driscoll

Professor Judith Driscoll

Professor of Materials Science

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334468

Research Interests

My group's research is concerned with the nanoscale design and tuning of functional oxide thin film materials for a variety of energy applications for generation, transmission, storage and harvesting. Oxides are of growing interest to all the applied science community owing to their very wide range of functions. However, their compositions tend to be complex, defects are prevalent, and interface effects play a strong role. Also, for many applications device structural dimensions are required down to nanometre length-scales. Together, all these factors produce exciting challenges for the materials scientist.

The materials systems currently under study in my group are complex magnetic oxides for new kinds of magnetoelectrics, superconductors, oxides in solar cells, and ferroelectrics.  Example processing methods that we use include advanced pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with in-situ RHEED and XPS, and atmospheric spatial atomic layer deposition (AP-SALD). When using PLD, we fabricate epitaxial films in the form of either conventional planar thin films architectures or heteroepitaxial nanocomposites.  Physical properties are measured by a wide range of electrical and optical characterisation methods.

We collaborate with several groups, including those in Cambridge and others around the world. We also work with industries in the U.K. and across the world.

Key Publications

  • S. Cho, C. Yun, Y. S. Kim, H. Wang, J. Jian, W. Zhang, J. Huang, X. Wang, H. Wang, J. L. MacManus-Driscoll, "Strongly enhanced dielectric and energy storage properties in lead-free perovskite titanate thin films by alloying", Nano Energy (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.01.003
  • S. Lee, J. L. MacManus-Driscoll, "Research Update: Fast and tunable nanoionics in vertically aligned nanostructured films", APL MaterialsVol.5. (2017) DOI: 10.1063/1.4978550
  • R. L. Z. Hoye, L. A. Lee, R. C. Kurchin, T. N. Huq, K. H. L. Zhang, M. Sponseller, L. Nienhaus, R. E. Brandt, J. Jean, J. A. Polizzotti, A. Kursumovic, M. G. Bawendi, V. Bulovic, V. Stevanovic, T. Buonassisi and J. L. MacManus-Driscoll, Advanced Materials, Vol.29. (2017) DOI:10.1002/adma.201702176
  • A. L. Sangle, S. Singh, J. Jian, S. R. Bajpe, H. Wang, N. Khare, J. L. MacManus-Driscoll, "Very High Surface Area Mesoporous Thin Films of SrTiO3 Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition and Application to Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting", Nano LettersVol.16. (2016) DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b02487
  • S. Cho, C. Yun, S. Tappertzhofen, A. Kursumovic, S. Lee, P. Lu, Q. Jia, M. Fan, J. Jian, H. Wang, S. Hofmann, J. L. MacManus-Driscoll, "Self-assembled oxide films with tailored nanoscale ionic and electronic channels for controlled resistive switching", Nature CommunicationsVol.7 (2016) DOI:10.1038/ncomms12373