Matthew Dyer

My current research interests are in the computational modelling of metal oxide materials, in particular those with potential for use in sustainable and renewable energy applications. I am working with candidate materials for solid oxide fuel cell cathodes and electrolytes and visible light photocatalysis. Most of my computational work is performed using plane-wave based density functional theory using the VASP code, although I am using other density functional theory codes as well as performing classical force field calculations. The modelling work within our group seeks both to complement and aid the understanding of experimental results, and to predict new materials for synthesis and testing. In my previous research post, I worked on the simulation and understanding of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) images, scanning tunnelling spectroscopy (STS) and inelastic tunnelling spectroscopy (IETS). I was particularly interested in the behaviour of fairly large organic molecules (e.g. porphyrins, PTCDA, pentacene) adsorbed on metal surfaces and on insulating thin films. These materials are felt to be promising candidates for various applications in nanotechnology, including memory storage, nanoelectronics and nanomechanics.

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