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Dr Chris Bell

Biography

I completed my Ph.D. in the Materials Science Department of Cambridge University in 2004, and continued as a post-doc for one year. There I was fabricating nanoscale all-metallic Josephson junctions with a range of magnetic materials as barriers. I then moved to the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, for two years, continuing to work on superconductor / ferromagnet proximity effects, in particular dynamic effects in the microwave regime. I was a Canon Foundation in Europe Fellow at The University of Tokyo, Japan, from 2007 to 2008, then a post-doc there until 2010, when I became a Research Assistant Professor. I worked on a range of materials and topics using highly epitaxial transition oxide thin films. Much of that work was related to superconductivity and emergent magnetism in two-dimensionally confined SrTiO3 electron gases, which simultaneously show high electron mobility in the low-density regime, allowing the observation of two-dimensional Shubnikov-de Haas quantum oscillations. From May 2011 I moved to the USA, where I was an Associate Staff Scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, California, continuing to work on oxides. I joined the University of Bristol in September 2013.