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Dr Neil Fox

Wide Band Gap Nanomaterials

I am a member of the CVD Diamond Lab based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, UK. In this lab we study the growth of films of diamond, diamondlike carbon (DLC) amorphous carbon (a-C), and other related materials such as zinc oxide, using various physical and chemical vapour deposition techniques.

I undertake research into the use of synthetic diamond and zinc sulphide for applications in energy conversion, energy storage, and radiation detection. Within the diamond lab we have equipment for testing the electron emission properties of these materials, including Field emission, Thermionic emission and Secondary Electron Emission.

I also have laboratory space in the School of Physics for material processing, and in the Bristol Centre for Nano Science and Quantum Information where I undertake UHV surface analysis located in the ultra quiet laboratories. The equipment includes an Omicron VT XA Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) for tunnelling, atomic force microscopy, and Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy. Also the Bristol NanoESCA facility a state-of-the-art platform to perform surface science studies on various materials for energy.
The three main characterization techniques are: XPS, SPA-LEED, PEEM and micro-ARPES.
a NanoESCA II instrument from ScientaOmicron Nanotechnology. This is the only NanoESCA in the UK and is currently funded by EPSRC.






Research keywords

  • Diamond Thermionics
  • UHV Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • UHV Photo Electron Emission Spectroscopy
  • Diamond synthesis
  • Chemical self-assembly
  • Physical Vapour Deposition Techniques
  • Secondary Electron Emission
  • Hydrogen Storage
  • Nuclear Batteries