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Professor David Leadley


David Leadley is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, with responsibilities for research infrastructure, ethics and governance.

I am Head of Department for the Research Technology Platforms that provide an integrated network of world-class technologies for researchers at Warwick and external partners from industry and academia.

I chair the Technician Commitment Steering Group that aims to promote visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians across all disciplines.

Within the ambitious STEM Grand Challenge, I am leading the workstream overseeing the design of a new research building within the Science Precinct development.


Undergraduate modules currently being given include:

PX446 Condensed Matter II - Optical Properties of Materials

PX3A3 Electrodynamics

Previously taught modules include:
Weather & Environment; Electromagnetic Waves; Matter; 3rd year MPhys Laboratory; Communicating Science

I mentor staff applying for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

David Leadley worked on the optical and electronic properties of both Group IV and III-V semiconductor heterostructures for some 35 years, using an understanding of the underlying physics to improve material and device performance.

Key Words

Physics of low dimensional semiconductor structures; silicon technology; epitaxial growth; electronic and optical properties of semiconductors; spintronics; thermoelectrics; silicon photonics; SiGe; GaAs; fractional quantum Hall effect; Skyrmions and composite Fermions.


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Previous Roles

Head of the Department of Physics from 2015 to 2021; Deputy HoD 2010 to 2015.

Academic Director of the Graduate School, Chair of the Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee,
Director of Graduate Studies in Physics.

Member of Senate, Council, and 50 other committees.


Write to:

Department of Physics
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL

Contact Details:

Office: P550
+44 (0)2476524114



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