Alex Ford

Part II Research Student

Department of Materials
University of Oxford
16 Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PH

Alex is a final year undergraduate at Mansfield College who is completing his materials science Part II thesis within the group. His work focuses on the integration of nanocrystals with graphene for use as key components in devices such as LEDs, photodetectors and solar cells. The principle aim of this work is to develop an effective process for consistent repeat integration of nanocrystals onto the graphene substrate and to investigate the useful electronic effects of different nanocrystal combinations. As a result of this and future work it is hoped a commercial device with advantages over those currently on the market may be deemed viable.

Previously Alex has worked as a summer intern for Rolls-Royce, where he provided validation work for new alloys to be used in the jet engine. He has also completed a modelling research placement in the ICAMS facility at Ruhr-Universitšt Bochum in Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Ralf Drautz.

He continues to enjoy materials science and hopes to find a career path that links closely to the discovery and commercialisation of materials research.