marsdenI am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester, working with Ian Kinloch.

I was awarded my PhD from the University of Warwick in October 2015, after working with my supervisor, Neil Wilson, on graphene heterostructures. My thesis investigated how graphene interacted with the metals that it grows on, how atomic species can change the properties of graphene, and how organic molecules assemble on a graphene surface. I looked at the physical changes in these heterostructures using the wide range of microscopy techniques available at Warwick, including aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy (acTEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). I also investigate the changes in chemical and electronic structure using surface science techniques, like X-ray photoemission (XPS) and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). Many of these results can be found in my publications.

After completing my PhD I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick. At the same time, I was awarded an Early Career Researcher Fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick.

I live in Urmston with my wife, Hannah, and our daughter, Lyra.