I joined the Physics and Astronomy Department in August 2004 after many years in the Department of Materials Engineering at The Open University.
BSc Physics (UMIST)
MSc The Science and Application of Electric Plasmas (Oxford)
DPhil Thermally produced caesium plasmas (Oxford)
I enjoy the challenge of teaching in general and especially topics relating to classical physics, electronics, electricity and magnetism. The preparation of OU teaching resources, including activities beyond the text, benefit from team based approaches, which provide a stimulating envirnoment for work. I remain an enthusiastic face-to-face teacher and find residential schools an exciting place to be.
In the Technology Faculty I worked on T201 Materials in Action and its successor T203, and T356 Artificial Intelligence for Technology. I also led the production of T354 Inside Electronic Devices and T207 The Engineer as Problem Solver.
Since joining the Department to Physics and Astronomy, I have contributed to the production of SMT359 Electromagnetism and S189 Understanding the Weather.
My research is in plasma physics - a broad field that stretches from the interactions of charged particles with solid surfaces on a scale of micrometres to stars and the interstellar medium. I have mainly concentrated at the beginning of this range with studies of plasmas formed from electrical discharges in gasses as part of technological applications relating to the manufacture of semi-conductors.
UK Nonthermal Plasma Network (with Liverpool and Glasgow, EPSRC)
Studies of Magnetron Plasmas (with Liverpool and Salford, EPSRC)
Wafer Bonding (previously DTI, EPSRC Studentship)
Atmospheric Plasmas (Industry)