Group Members

Jiyu Tian – Second Year PhD Student



Grant Howieson – First Year PhD Student


Dr Jonathan Gardner – PDRA



Current Honours Project Students
Sally Allan – Improper Ferroelectricity in Hexagonal Tungsten Bronzes
Jasmine Shah – Metal Halides as Potential Solar Cell Materials
Rachel Tonelli – SnTiO3 – A Novel Ferroelectric (Co-supervised by Prof. James Scott)
Chao Dun Tan – Characterisation of Ferroelectric Materials (Co-supervised by Prof. James Scott


Former Group Members

Dr Donna Arnold, PDRA 2008-10. Donna is now Senior Lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Her website can be found here


Dr Sandra Reisinger, PhD student 2008-11. “Synthesis and Structure-Property Relationships in Selected Metal Fluorides” (jointly supervised by Professor Phil Lightfoot). Sandra is now working for an engineering company in the Austrian alps.


Dr Chris Kavanagh, PhD student, 2009-13“Synthesis and Structure-Property Relationships in Rare Earth Doped Bismuth Ferrite” (jointly supervised by Professor Phil Lightfoot). Chris is now working for an engineering and technology firm in the south of Wales.


Dr Sarah Turp, PhD Student, 2009-13“Chemical Control of the Polymorphic Phase Boundaries in Doped Barium Titanate”. Sarah’s PhD was funded by the Scottish Funding Council/Chemical Sciences Scotland SPIRIT industrial studentship scheme.


Dr Andrei Rotaru, PhD Student, 2007-13. “Novel Polar Dielectrics with the Tetragonal Tungsten Bronze Structure”.
In 2008, Andrei was awarded a prestigious Roberto Rocca Fellowship. Andrei is now a lecturer at the National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics (INFLPR) Bucharest, Romania.


Dr Jason McNulty, PhD Student, 2015-18. “Structure-Property Relationships in Ferroelectric Tungsten Bronze Oxides”.
Jason is now a postdoctoral research fellow working for Professor Phil Lightfoot at the University of St Andrews.

Honours Project Students

2006-07 Andrew Monteith
2007-08 Claire Adam, Laura Kohler
2008-09 Nathan Hinks, Marc Parker
2009-10 Andrew Miller
2010-11 Lucy Cooper, Andrew Young
2011-12 Arran Gibson, Gabrielle Stann
2012-13 Philip Miller
2013-14 Ross Percy, Hepzibah (Eppie) Thompson
2014-15 Phil Ahrend, Becky Milliken, Angus Ritchie
2015-16 Carol Rodricks, Rebecca Smith
2016-17 Ashleigh Waller, Joseph Wilson

Visiting Students

2008 Magdalena Lozinska (Poland) – IAESTE programme. Magda returned to complete a PhD and PDRA position with Professor Paul Wright
2012-13 Gustavo Simões Cordeiro (Brazil) – Science without Borders
2013 Magda Stanczyk – IAESTE programme
2017 Maik Reinhardt – IAESTE programme

Nuffield UG Bursary Students:

2011 John-Michael Treanor

Nuffield Science Bursary Students:

2009 Jason McNulty
2010 Adam Bates-Gray
2010 James Tooze
2015 Arch Franchi