Our PhD student, Jack Woolley has had his first paper accepted as first author! The work is on the photodynamics of a naturally occurring sunscreen molecule found in Algae amongst other places, and could be an important first step in developing the next generation of sunscreens. Well done Jack!
WCUS members have been presenting our recent work at a few conferences so far this year.
Connor Mosley will be talking at this year's APS March Meeting in Los Angeles about our recent work on hysteresis and spin disorder in the magnetically-induced multiferroic CuO.
James Lloyd-Hughes gave an invited talk at the Max Planck Society's "Functional Interfaces in Materials and Chemistry" research school's annual workshop in Schloss Ringberg, Bavaria. This was an excellent meeting - thanks to the organisers!
James also gave an invited talk at the 2nd Terahertz and Materials Meeting at the University of Chester - thanks to Dr Bin Yang for the invitation and the exciting day of talks.
In a recent paper published in the IOP journal Nanotechnology, we examined the conductive properties of a carbon nanotube (CNT) based thin film using THz spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, device transport measurements and Kelvin probe microscopy. Importantly, the films were prepared via dispersion in water by non-covalent functionalization of the nanotubes with xylan, a type of hemicellulose. The excellent conductive properties of the thin films, with bulk conductivity up to 2000 S/cm, demonstrate that the hemicellulose does not seriously interfere with the inter-tube conductance.