After graduating with a first class honours degree in physics from Trinity College Dublin in 2019, I joined the APRG as a PhD student.
My research is focused on studying the electronic structure and properties of Niobium and Niobium oxide surfaces. Niobium and its oxides are technologically important materials with many current and potential applications in a wide range of areas such as superconducting electronics (Nb, NbO), metal-insulator switches (NbO2), and catalysis (Nb2O5).
The main techniques I utilise in my research are scanning tunnelling microscopy and density functional theory. The combination of these techniques allows for a detailed understanding of the geometric and electronic structure of surfaces.