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Professor in the Department of PhysicsPH148+44 (0) 191 33 43592
Tutor of St Chad's College  
Head of Section in the Centre for Materials PhysicsPH148+44 (0) 191 33 43592
Member of the Durham X-ray Centre  

Biography

My research interests span academia and industry and I have collaborations working on thin-film magnetic materials, thin-film semiconductors for flexible electronics and nanocomposite pressure-sensitive inks for sensing applications, where the focus of my research is on understanding the relationship between physical structure and functional behaviour.

I am actively involved with co-ordinating and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and I enjoy science outreach that includes talks to public and schools on nanotechnology and science in society.

Prior to Durham, I worked as a postdoc at Bath University and Cardiff University, and as a research engineer in industry. Since arriving in Durham I have held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in Nanoscale Magnetism and Spintronics, an RCUK Fellowship in Nanoscience and was a visiting research fellow at CSIC in Madrid, Spain. Before coming to Durham my industrial work was rewarded with a BAE Systems Chair’s Gold Award for Innovation in 2000. 

About Sir Gareth Roberts

About the Sir Gareth Roberts Lecture Series

https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/newsandevents/lectures/garethroberts/about/

Teaching activity

L1 Foundations of Physics - Lectures on Thermodynamics

L1 Discovery Skills – Module Leader

L2 Bridge Project – Supervisor

L3 Industrial Team Project – Supervisor

L4 Research Project –Supervisor

CMP Postgraduate Course – Lectures on Nanofabrication and Presentation skills

Research interests

Magnetization processes, nanomagnetism, spintronic interactions, nanoscale lithography, pulsed field magnetometry

Research groups

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Awarded Grants

  • 2017: H2020-INDEED: Innovative Nanowire DEvicE Design (ITN)(£0.00 from European Commission)
  • 2017: KTP Extension(£30000.00 from Pragmatic Printing Limited)
  • 2016: Synthesis of novel synthetic magnetic materials optimised for RF and Microwave applications(£38000.00 from BAE Systems (Operations) Limited)
  • 2015: Pragmatic Printing(£148078.00 from Pragmatic Printing Limited)
  • 2014: Research Programme to Support MAST Work Package Low Observable Materials: WP2.1.1(£30731.00 from BAE Systems (Operations) Limited)
  • 2013: Nano-Engineered Magnetic Materials for Spintronic Applications(£22680.00 from UKIERI)
  • 2012: Understanding Ion beam induced intermixing: a new route to control of fundamental magnetic properties for technological applications(£23810.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2011: Understanding Ion beam induced intermixing: a new route to control of fundamental magnetic properties for technological applications(£1150.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2010: KTS - SulaSpin Ltd(£50000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2010: Nanostructured Antimicrobial Films for Healthcare Applications(£9933.93 from METRC)
  • 2009: ChiralMEM(£111585.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2009: Current-driven domeain wall motion(£281102.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2009: Proof of Concept Application(£90000.00 from North Star Equity Investors)

Esteem Indicators

  • 2017- present: SuperSpin International Advisory Board member: Member of International Advsiory Board for EPSRC SuperSpin Programme ;

Publications

Conference Proceeding

  • D Atkinson (2005). Patterning nanostructures to study magnetization processes. Fifth International Conference on Fine Particle Magnetism, London, Institute of Physics Publishing.
  • M.T. Bryan, D. Atkinson & R.P. Cowburn (2005). Edge roughness and coercivity in magnetic nanostructures. Fifth International Conference on Fine Particle Magnetism, London, Institute of Physics Publishing.
  • D. Atkinson & JA King (2005). Fine particle magnetic mineralogy of archaeological ceramics. fifth International Conference on Fine Particle Magnetism, London, Institute of Physics Publishing.

Journal Article

Supervision students