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Dr Tomas Martin

Materials Characterisation

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of Bristol. My research uses advanced microstructural characterisation techniques to characterise the structure and chemistry of materials for nuclear power plants, semiconductor devices and aerospace. In addition I supervise final year undergraduate and PhD projects, and teach courses for the MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering and at undergraduate level in Physics.

After obtaining my PhD in chemical physics from the University of Bristol I worked for two years in the renewable energy sector consulting on the engineering of wind and solar power plants. Subsequently I spent nearly four years at the University of Oxford using Atom Probe Tomography to study the atomic-scale chemistry of materials such as steel, zirconium, tungsten and uranium alloys for nuclear applications, steel, titanium, nickel and cobalt alloys for the aeronautical industry and semiconductors like diamond, silicon and gallium nitride.

I rejoined the University of Bristol as a lecturer in Materials Physics in January 2017. My research is associated with the Interface Analysis Centre and the Cabot Institute and I link closely with colleagues in the Schools of Physics, Engineering, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, using my expertise in materials characterisation and modelling to aid research projects beyond my own. I have a number of PhD students in metallurgy and corrosion for nuclear fission and fusion and renewable energy industries including EDF Energy, NNL and UKAEA. 

Research keywords

  • Atom Probe Tomography
  • Field Ion Microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Electron back-scatter diffraction
  • Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy
  • Ultraviolet Photoemission spectroscopy
  • X-ray and neutron diffraction
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Aerospace Materials
  • semiconductors
  • Biominerals
  • nanostructures
  • microstructure
  • alloys
  • corrosion
  • radiation damage