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Phil Blowey

PhD Student
Office: Research Lab 1, G block
Department of Chemistry
University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
CV4 7AL Coventry, UK
Tel: +44-(0)-24-765-73334
Email: P.J.Blowey (at)
Phil Blowey

Brief CV

Phil is currently a 2nd year PhD student in the group, investigating the geometrical and electronic structure of organic semiconductor molecules on metal surfaces in a project that is jointly supervised by Professor Phil Woodruff. This project will take advantage of the unique capabilities of the I09 beamline at Diamond to investigate the geometrical structure of organic semiconductor molecules on well-characterised single-crystal metal surfaces using a combination of element-specific techniques such as the normal-incidence x-ray standing wavefield absorption (NIXSW), and scanned-energy photoelectron diffraction (PhD) along with near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS). These synchrotron based techniques will also be complemented by further structural and electronic characterisation studies performed using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). This experimental effort is part of a wider collaboration with synthetic chemistry and theoretical research groups that will complement the work with the synthesis of ad-hoc functional molecular units, density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) calculations.

Prior to starting at Warwick, Phil graduated with an MChem degree at the University of Southampton. During his third year, Phil worked on an industrial placement in the physicochemical characterisation group at GSK Stevenage where he worked on a project to design and develop a new capability to measure the solubility of pharmaceutical compounds in simulated intestinal fluid in high throughput. He then went on to complete a 4th year research project under the supervision of Dr. Chris-Kriton Skylaris, performing density functional theory calculations to model the oxygen reduction reaction on the surface of platinum.

Outside of study, Phil enjoys playing a variety of sports, including cricket and table tennis which he plays competitively in local leagues.