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Killian Walshe is Postgraduate Student working in the field of metal and metal oxide analysis using scanning probe techniques.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College Dublin in the summer of 2015, Killian joined the APRG.
Killian had previously worked with the APRG during the summer of 2014 and in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Killian partakes in fundamental research into the structure of metals and metal oxides films. Primarily a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) is used under Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) conditions to image the electron density at the surface of a material, interesting features and properties are then identified and analysed before being compared to computer simulated models. Computer simulations are carried out using COMSOL Multiphysics and Density Functional Theory (DFT) simulations are performed using Quantum Espresso (PWscf).
Trinity Walton Club
Killian has been an educator for the Trinity Walton Club (TWC) since 2016. The TWC is a "STEM club that sparks curiosity, fuels exploration and ignites innovation!". The role of an educator is to promote the learning of STEM subjects through problem solving, critical thinking, communication and team-work. This is achieved through weekly demonstrating sessions and mentoring groups of TWC students as they undertake projects in the field of STM.
Killian is interested in the growing field of machine learning and it's many applications. Killian also organizes twice weekly games of soccer for Postdocs and PhD students working in Trinity