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Dr Samuel Jarvis

Lectureship in Nanoscale Materials Characterisation

Samuel Jarvis

A039 - Science and Technology

Lancaster University



Tel: +44 0 1524 594663

Research overview

Sam Jarvis was appointed as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Lancaster University in 2016, working in the Physics Department, Quantum Technology Centre, and the Materials Science Institute.  Sam leads the Atomic Imaging and Single Atom Chemistry group at Lancaster and directs activity in the Nanoscale Materials Microscopy ‘pod’ in the ultra-low-noise Lancaster IsoLab.  His research focuses on applying atomic scale imaging techniques to address major challenges in atomically precise functional 2D and 3D molecular materials.  This research spans UHV molecular self-assembly, on-surface chemistry, single atom catalysts, organic thermoelectric and energy materials, 2D material heterostructures, antifouling and antimicrobial surfaces, and ultra-high resolution SPM imaging.  

We use a variety of methods to pursue these goals, including atomic resolution atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy, theoretical ab initio electronic structure calculations, XPS, IR spectroscopy and x-ray standing wave studies at the national Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility.

PhD supervision

Competitively funded projects are available in the areas of: 1) Single molecule properties on surfaces. 2) Directed assembly of 2D molecular structures. 3) Scanning probe microscopy in ultra-low noise environments. 4) Computational simulation of molecular properties. 5) Synchrotron radiation studies of surface structure. Please contact me if you are interested in working on a PhD project. We are always happy to hear from enthusiastic students. Funding, where available, will be awarded on a competitive basis. Current projects include "Atomically precise materials for separation and storage" and "Correlating atomic-scale defects to 2D material properties for quantum security applications".

Professional Role

Lecturer in Nanoscale Characterisation.

Career Details

I am a 50th Anniversary Lecturer in Nanoscale Materials Characterisation in the Physics Department and Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University.  Prior to this I worked in the University of Nottingham Nanoscience group. 

My research has been recognised through various awards including the 2013 IOP Albert Franks prize for best PhD thesis in Nanoscience and a 2014 Young Scientist Award. In 2019 I received two awards for Research Impact and was part of a team short-listed for the Times Higher Education award for ‘STEM project of the year’. 

I currently supervise four PhD students, and my research is supported by grants from the Royal Society, EPSRC, EU, and The Leverhulme Trust.

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