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Complex Oxide Thin Films: Growth & Characterisation

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Department of Physics, University of Warwick

Organisers: Sean McMitchell, James Lloyd-Hughes and Chris McConville


Background and Purpose

The field of complex oxide thin films is an extremely important area of research with their increasing level of incorporation into numerous technologies. Complex oxides offer a wide range of functional properties in a limited number of structure types. This allows integration into such devices as microwave filters for communications, novel microelectronic devices, and even fuel cells. Many of these applications require processing into thin film form to create device architectures. However, thin film growth of oxides also allows structural engineering to create new materials and phases that are not accessible through traditional bulk synthesis routes.

This meeting is aimed at bringing the UK academic community together for a series of presentations to allow discussion of the state-of-the-art and direction of British research in the field as well as to offer some insight into current European work.





Wednesday 4th September 2013

10:30 Coffee and Registration
10:55 Welcome and Introduction
11:00 - 11:30 Marin Alexe (Warwick) - Thin films for ferroelectric spintronics
11:30 – 12:00 Sean McMitchell (Warwick) - Growth of novel materials by strain engineering and manipulation of deposition kinetics
12:00 – 12:45 Guus Rijnders (Twente) - Controlling the growth of epitaxial oxides at the atomic scale
12:45 Lunch and Posters
14:00 – 14:45 Judith MacManus-Driscoll (Cambridge) - Multifunctionality through coupling of oxide
14:45 – 15:10 Clementine Walker (Imperial) - Pulsed Laser Deposition of LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin
film devices
15:10 – 15:40 Tim Jackson (Birmingham) Analysis of the permittivity of thin films at microwave frequencies


Round Table Discussion



Tea and Posters


The event will start at 10.30am on 4th September 2013, at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

This list of participants is accurate as of 24.05.2013.


Sean McMitchell University of Warwick
James Lloyd-Hughes University of Warwick
Chris McConville University of Warwick
Marin Alexe University of Warwick

Guus Rijnders

University of Twente

Clementine Walker

Imperial College London

Dean Keeble

University of Warwick
Judith Driscoll University of Cambridge

Tim Jackson

University of Birmingham

Natasha Flack

University of Liverpool

Richard Walton

University of Warwick

David Keeble

University of Dundee

Aleksander Krupski

University of Warwick

Katarzyna Miskow

University of Warwick

Robert Palgrave

University College London

Emily Glover

University College London

Abhijeet Sangle

University of Cambridge

Prasad Bhagwati

University of Cambridge

Daesung Park

University of Warwick

James Mudd

University of Warwick

Katie Doig

University of Oxford

Tianle Wang

Imperial College London

Giovanni Costantini

University of Warwick

David Leadley

University of Warwick

Geetha Balakrishnan

University of Warwick

Mike Mills

University of Warwick

Collins Ouserigha

University of Warwick

Ana Sanchez

University of Warwick

Jon Duffy

University of Warwick

Tom Hase

University of Warwick


All talks will be held in the Physics Lecture Theatre (PLT) on the third floor of the Physics Building. Registration will be held on the Physics Concourse outside the PLT. Physics is building 48 on the campus map.

The workshop will start with the registration at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry city and not in the town of Warwick. See for travel details and for maps on the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.


Dr Sean R. C. McMitchell
Science City Research Alliance (SCRA) Fellow
Department of Physics
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL UK

Tel: +44 (0) 7875384472