Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2002
    DPhil in Physics, University of Oxford, UK; high magnetic field measurements of correlated electron systems

  • 2002 – 2003
    Visiting Research Fellow, University of Florida, USA; millimetre-wave measurements of single molecule magnets

  • 2003 – 2007
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Warwick, UK; non-contact surface acoustic wave measurements of defects in metals

  • 2007
    - 2012 Assistant Professor in Physics, University of Warwick, UK

  • 2012
    - 2016 Associate Professor in Physics, University of Warwick, UK

  • 2016
    onwards: Reader in Physics, University of Warwick, UK

Selected publications

  • See link to complete list.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant 202735: Non-contact ultrasonics: new methods for large and small scale measurements, 2008-2014

  • ERC Proof of concept grant 693243: NCUScan: Rapid Defect Characterisation by Non-Contact Ultrasonic Scanning, 2016-2017

  • EPSRC grant EP/M028941/1: Investigation of the physics underlying the principles of design of rare earth – transition metal permanent magnets, 2016-2019

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of Institute of Physics

  • Member of the board of the EPSRC-funded Research Centre for Non-Destructive Evaluation

  • Editor in Chief of Non-destructive Testing & Evaluation, Taylor & Francis

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Circus skills; juggling, balloon animals...


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