Prof Sarah Haigh


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Sarah Haigh is a Professor of Materials Characterisation at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests centre on improving our understanding of nanomaterials structure and properties using transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging and analysis techniques. She has a particular interest in (i) advanced TEM characterisation of functional 2D materials and vertical stacked heterostructures and (ii) in developing in situ TEM imaging methods. Before moving to the University of Manchester in 2010 she worked as consultant application specialist to JEOL UK. She completed undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Material Science at the University of Oxford (2004 and 2008). In her doctoral studies she developed exit wave restoration techniques from series of high resolution TEM images under the supervision of Prof Angus Kirkland. She was elected to join the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers Company as a freeman in 2009 and sits on their Material Science Committee. She was Chair of the Institute of Physics EMAG group (2016-2018) and EMAG Honorary Secretary and Treasurer (2014-2016) and a member of council for the RMS (2014-2018). She is Director of the University of Manchester’s Electron Microscopy Centre in the School of Natural Sciences. She is also Director of the bp International Centre for Advanced Materials and $100M academic-industrial collaboration. She has published 194 peer reviewed journal papers as an independent academic, including 40 as corresponding author, and 5 book chapters (H-index =51, over 13000 citations).

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Currently looking for excellent PhD candidates to join my group - if you are interested in completing a PhD on cutting edge imaging of 2D materials for water purification, quantum devices or energy efficient communications, or nanoparticles for improved reducing carbon emissions get in touch by email with a CV.

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  • TEM, 2D materials, graphene, nano particles, Nanomaterials, nanotechnology, Microscopy

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