PhD students

Mr Sam Ahmadzadeh

BSc in Physics from University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Project entitled “Plant study on the International Space Station using hyperspectral and gas sensing technology for growth of healthy plant” is funded by the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET).  The project’s primary objective is development of smart integrated multi-sensing (gas environment, temperature, humidity), hyperspectral imaging and intelligent lighting control tools relevant to precision plant cultivation in the space environment where the goal will be to optimise the yield, quality and resource use efficiency of agricultural products in a micro-gravity space environment. This research is part of a unique, high profile collaboration between UWS and scientists at King’s College London, NASA and ISSET. Link to LinkedIn Profile.

Mr Connor Douglas

BSc in Physics from University of the West of Scotland. His project is entitled “Investigation and optimisation of a design-for-manufacture deposition method for single layer graphene”. He is working alongside the company RD Graphene, where the main aim of the project is to build on the RDG patented process, completing a research and development deposition system, with ITFSI progressing deposition, optimisation and characterisation of the resulting graphene material. The project will include assembly and complete fabrication of the graphene reactor system. Link to LikedIn Profile.

Mr Daxing Han

BSc in Mechanical Design & Manufacturing & Its Automation from Changchun Institute Of Technology integrated with one year study at UWS, and MSc in Advanced Thin Film Technologies from University of the West of Scotland. His PhD project is the investigations on process and characterization of PbSe-based thin films for NDIR gas sensor application, the research of the project includes PbSe-based thin film fabrications using chemical process and rf sputtering process plus post treatments, and the analysis of properties for IV-VI semiconductor mid-IR detectors and photoluminescence devices. LinkedIn

Mr Zhentao Wu

MSc from the University of the West of Scotland. The project title is “Trace chemical detections using a novel Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate produced by oblique angle vapour deposition on pre-patterned nanostructured template” this project will produce reproducible SERS substrates using cost-effective means and applying these for trace-level chemical detection.

Mr Sijia Cai

BSc in Engineering from College of Optical and Electronical Information of Changchun University of Science& Technology (CUST) and MSc in Advanced Thin Film Technologies from University of the West of Scotland. His PhD project entitled “A Novel Miniaturised Spectrometer based-on UWS patented Linear Variable Bandpass Filter”, supervisor is Dr. Song. The research of the project includes linear variable bandpass filter fabrication, optical design, circuit design, and programming for system control and data collection/analysis.

Mr Jian Song

Msc in Advanced Thin Film Technology from University of the West of Scotland. The project is Modelling and simulation of nanostructured thin film Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrate, based on ZnO nanowire deposited using evaporation process.

Mr Manuel Pelayo Garcia

BSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2019, and MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) in 2020. The project title is “Glancing Angle Deposition of ZnO Nanostructured Thin Films for Enhanced Ultrasonic Sensing and Imaging Applications” funded by CENSIS and Novosound; and supervised by Dr. Carlos Garcia Nuñez and Dr. Kevin McAughey. This project will develop a high-end ultrasound ZnO multi-sensor and manufacture a prototype sensor for eventual commercialisation. Providing low-cost/lo-power consumption solutions in the broad ultrasonic device market and boosting the competitive Scottish company Novosound to upper industrial sectors.