Dr David Lewis

Deputy Head of Department and Reader in Materials Chemistry

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I am currently the Deputy Head of the Department of Materials. My group is currently researching inorganic and ceramic thin films and nanomaterials for a range of applications including industrial seperations, optoelectronics and spintronics, thermoelectric and photovoltaic power generation, and nanosensors for biological systems. We typically design low temperature bottom up syntheses utilising molecular precursors that allow exquisite control of the chemical composition of materials, thus allowing us to tailor them toward the specific application that we require. We also use various top down processing techniques such as liquid phase exfoliation of layered crystals to produce 2-dimensional inorganic semiconductors which are complementary to graphene. The use of solution phase pathways toward nanomaterials also allows us to take advantage of additive manufacturing processes to assemble these materials into larger macroscopic structures which may have emergent properties.  The group collaborates internationally with a range of chemists, physicists and biologists to achieve these goals.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Member of the American Chemical Society

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons


  • Inorganic Materials, Nanomaterials

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2006 - Master in Science, Chemistry (1st Class Hons. Birm), University of Birmingham
  • Doctor of Philosophy

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