Dr Paul Benishai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Dr. Paul Ben Ishai currently holds the position of Director of the Hebrew University’s Center for Electromagnetic Research and Characterization, situated in the Applied Physic Department. He obtained his PhD. from the Hebrew University in 2009. For the last 12 years he has been involved with the Laboratory of Prof. Feldman, concentrating on dielectric research. His research topics include soft condensed matter physics, glassy dynamics, biophysics, sub terahertz spectroscopy and dielectric spectroscopy. In 2004 he was part of the founding team investigating the interaction of the human sweat duct with sub terahertz electromagnetic radiation, research that he still leads till today.
Prof Alun Vaughan, Southampton University, UK
Dielectric Breakdown Session Invited
Alun is a Professor of Dielectric Materials and Head of the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Research Group within Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He has a background in chemical physics and polymer physics and, before moving to Southampton, spent periods at the UK’s Central Electricity Research Laboratories and as an academic at The University of Reading. His early research career involved studying the fundamentals of polymer crystallization, before applying this understanding to the design of polymers for use as dielectrics in high voltage applications. This work demonstrated how enhanced performance could result from careful control of molecular composition and processing, such that specific morphologies formed. More recently, much of Prof Vaughan’s research has focussed on the design of nanodielectric materials, with particular attention being focussed on understanding connections between the nanoparticle/matrix interface and macroscopic electrical characteristics. A strong theme of his research has concerned the effective translation of research findings into technological impact. Prof Vaughan is a former chair of The Dielectrics Group of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the IET.
Prof Marty Gregg, Queens University Belfast, UK
Hi-k Dielectrics and Applications Session Invited
Marty Gregg obtained both his undergraduate degree (in Natural Sciences) and PhD (studying phase transitions in steel) from Cambridge University. After his PhD (in 1995), he was appointed to a lectureship in the School of Maths and Physics at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), where he has remained, gaining promotion to Readership in 2002 and Professorship in 2007. During his independent research career, his primary interests have been in nano and mesoscale ferroelectrics: initially looking at thin film capacitor and superlattice structures, and then later at the functional properties and domain states of small ferroelectric single crystals, cut from bulk using a Focused Ion Beam microscope. Most recently, he has been interested in the functional properties of domain walls.
Prof Ben Murdin, University of Surrey, UK
Quantum technologies Invited
I am an experimentalist interested in the study of electronic and optical properties of semiconductors and semiconductor nanostructures using high-pressures, magnetic-fields, and linear, nonlinear and time resolved infrared spectroscopy. I am a regular user of the Free-Electron Laser, FELIX, in Holland, and I am the coordinator and spokesperson for UK Condensed Matter Physics users there. I am also a Programme Advisory Committee member for the Dresden laser, FELBE. I like "applicable physics" rather than really pure or really applied physics, for example I study how quickly and why electron spins lose their memory (applicable to spintronic devices). I chaired the International Conference on Narrow Gap Semiconductors, here in Guildford in 2007.
Prof Neil Alford, Imperial College London, UK
Experimental techniques Invited
Neil Alford received his BSc from St Andrews University and spent 3 years working in SE Asia and S America in the Oil Exploration Industry. He returned to the UK to carry out his PhD at Queen Mary College in the area of fracture mechanics of cement mortars. He carried out post doctoral work at Oxford University in collaboration with ICI developing high strength cement. He joined ICI Corporate Laboratory in 1981 and was involved with projects concerning macro defect free cement, viscous processing of ceramics and the properties of perovskite ceramics, specifically High Temperature Superconductors (HTS). The application of HTS to microwave devices was a major area and part of this activity has been now transferred to industry for cellular communications. He joined London South Bank University in 1994 and developed HTS Magnetic resonance receive coils, microwave dielectrics, novel signal transformers and ferroelectric thin films. Recent work on microwave dielectric materials has resulted in the development of ultra low loss alumina resonators and an understanding of the defect chemistry of TiO2 which has allowed the production of very high Q and high dielectric constant materials. This technology has been patented and transferred to industry. Current activity is in the area of ferroelectric and multiferroic thin films deposited by pulsed laser ablation, energy materials and in new very high Q structures. His recent work has led to the first development of a room temperature, earth’s field MASER.
In 2012 he was awarded the MBE for services to engineering. He has over 250 journal publications and is the author of 21 patents. He is currently Head of the Department of Materials and Vice Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Engineering.
Dr Steffi Krause, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Experimental techniques Invited
Steffi Krause received her PhD from the Humboldt University Berlin in 1994. She worked as DAAD fellow at the University of Newcastle and as PDRA at Glasgow University. She was appointed Lecturer at Sheffield University in 1997 where she received an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 2002. In 2004, she moved to Queen Mary University of London and was promoted to Reader in 2008. Her main research interests focus on field-effect sensors for imaging applications and biosensors for the detection of enzymes.