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James M Targett

PhD Title (Tentative): Nanoscale material discovery for thermoelectric energy harvesting and cooling

PhD Supervisors: Dr Hatef Sadeghi (School of Engineering), Dr Nicholas Hine (Department of Physics)

Affiliation: Device Modelling Group, EPSRC HetSys CDT

After achieving a music diploma from the University of West London in 2016, James joined the University of Warwick as a general engineering undergraduate student in 2017. He then chose to specialise in the field of manufacturing and mechanical engineering in 2019. His BEng 3rd (final) year individual project 'Development of a 4MW Wind Turbine Gearbox using SMT MASTA' was supervised by Dr Ken Mao and was awarded a first-class mark. Dr Ed Brambely was his personal tutor throughout the BEng study.

Along with six other Warwick engineering undergraduates, James participated in the Sir William Siemens Challenge in 2019 and won the runner-up trophy for the University of Warwick.

From 2016 to 2020, James has completed four summer internships with three industrial partners: once with Hycrome Europe Ltd in the fields of aerospace, power generation, and oil & gas; twice with Futaba Manufacturing UK in automotive manufacturing; and once with Siemens in rail infrastructure.

As James became more experienced with tackling issues in the macro-world, his curiosity towards the quantum realm began to grow rapidly. Hence, he boldly decided to take on a PhD project in the field of Physics - Nanoelectronics to broaden his knowledge and to give himself a unique challenge. He is hoping to discover novel materials that will potentially advance our existing consumer electronic technologies.

Academic Employment

  • 10/2021 - Current: Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK
  • 10/2020 - Current: PhD Research Student, Department of Physics, University of Warwick, UK

Academic Background

10/2020 - Current Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physics - Nanoelectronics University of Warwick
10/2020 - Current Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Modelling of Heterogeneous System University of Warwick
09/2017 - 07/2020

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) with Honours in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering

University of Warwick
01/2016 - 12/2016

Diploma of the London College of Music (DipLCM) in Pianoforte Performance

University of West London

Research Interests

  • Nanoscale materials modelling and discovery i.e. quantum, phonon and spin transport; environmental effects
  • Molecular electronics i.e. quantum and phonon interference; energy harvesting e.g. thermoelectricity and piezoelectricity; molecular electronic building blocks
  • Multiscale modelling i.e. density functional theory; tight-binding modelling; molecular dynamics; quantum transport

Research Funding

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Studentship

Project Title: Nanoscale material discovery for thermoelectric energy harvesting and cooling. | Duration: 05/10/2020 - 05/10/2024

Academic Membership

Duration: 10/2019 - 10/2021


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