Jonathan Tirach, Summer Intern (Summer of 2011 in Exeter)

e-mail; Internship report in French (full) and English (summary)

Jonathan joined the Bhaskaran Lab to work on a novel scanning acoustic microscopy technique as a summer intern at the University of Exeter for 2011. He is from from Bordeaux, France and is in the final year of the five-year electronic engineering degree at the ENSEIRB-MATMECA, Bordeaux.


Madhav Kumar, Postdoctoral Fellow in NEMS


Madhav joined the lab in October 2011 as a Doctoral Student, on the topic NEMS based on graphene. During the masters degrees, he studied Quantum Hall Effect of CVD grown graphene at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research under Dr Mandar Deshmukh and Transport properties of charge  carrier  in RTCVD grown graphene at UT - Austin under supervision of Prof S.K  Banerjee.

Educational background:

University of Oxford, England

DPhil in Materials (2015, advised by Harish)

University of Delhi

MTech Nanoscience and Nanotechnology  (2011)

University Joseph Fourier (UJF) - Grenoble, France

Master Nanophysics (2010) - Joint Exchange Degree with University of Delhi

Benares Hindu University (BHU)

BSc Physics (Hons.) (2008)

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Maria Stoikou, Postdoctoral Research Associate (2011-12 in Exeter)

Present Position: Process Scientist at Aixtron Ltd, Cambridge, UK


Previously she worked on the erosion of CVD diamond thin films under fundamental physicochemical processes at Diamond Research Group of Heriot-Watt University. She also worked in the fields of nano-optics and photonics and her research interests are the synthesis of novel materials for the development of NEMS and NOEMS.

Educational background:

Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

PhD (2011, advised by Prof Phillip John) and MPhys (Hons) (2001)

E Alexander Kermani, Summer Intern (Summer of 2013)

Al joined from UC-Santa Barbara to create SiN membranes using bulk micromachining techniques for a Summer internship.

Frederica (Freddie) Onslow, Part II MEng Materials (St Catherine’s) 2014-15


Freddie was an award winning (Worshipful Company of Ironmongers Prize for Best Part II talk) Part II student in her fourth year studying materials science at Oxford. She joined the group to work on Vanadium Dioxide deposition and characterisation. Previous to her undergraduate degree, Freddie was educated at school in London and when not working enjoys sailing and riding. 

Educational background:

University of Oxford

MEng in Materials Science (2015)

Daniel Southcott Engstrøm, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2013-2015)

Present Position: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in 3D Printing at Loughborough University


Daniel joined the Advanced Nanoscale Engineering Group in July 2013 and is developing probe based methods for 3D nanomanufacturing. He previously developed nanofluidic diagnostic systems for HIV at UCL and Imperial College London as well as carried out fundamental materials research into carbon nanotube and graphene growth and MEMS integration at University of Cambridge.

Educational background:

Technical University of Denmark

PhD and MS (2010 and 2006, Advised by Peter Bøggild)

B.Sc in Applied Physics (2003)  

Senior Researchers
Graduate Students

Jasmin Ebert, Summer Intern (Erasmus) Trinity 2015

Present position: Masters Student in Physics (KIT)


Jasmin was a member of the lab from April - June 2015 focusing on optimising the techniques and procedures involved in the fabrication of nanophotonic devices employing the phase-change alloy GST. Prior to coming to Oxford, she worked in the Integrated Quantum-Optics and Optomechanics group of Prof Wolfram Pernice and fabricated Aluminum nitride nanophotonic curcuits operating at ultraviolet wavelengths. She is in her final year of the Physics Master degree at the KIT and enjoys being outside and going for a jog. 

Educational background:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

BSc Physics (2014) 

Sarolta Mohaine Palfi,

Administrative Officer (Profs Grovenor and Bhaskaran)

Sarolta supports the Centre for Applied Superconductivity and the WAFT collaboration. She gained experience working on more than 50 projects of ministries, universities, NGOs and companies becoming pretty familiar with intensive project deployment in cultural, educational, environmental and IT sectors. She is a great enthusiast of inspirational museums and enjoys dancing classical ballet.

Educational background:

Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Hungary

BA Economics, (1999)

Nhlakanipho Mkhize, DPhil Candidate (second year)-Rhodes Scholar (Trinity)


Nhlakanipho joined the lab in October 2015 to read for a DPhil looking at nanoparticle toxicity specially focusing  on the affects due to morphology and surface charge. He obtained his Masters degree in Chemistry from Rhodes University in South Africa under Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong. His focus was on the development of optical limiting materials using phthalocyanines and related compounds embedded in polymers for the safe-guarding of sensitive optical instruments including human eyes. Nhlakanipho is a Rhodes Scholar, and when not in the lab, he enjoys hiking, amateur video-making and listening to an eclectic mix of music.

Educational background:

Rhodes University, South Africa

M.Sc in Chemistry (2015)

B.Sc jointly in Physics and Chemistry (2013)

B.Sc in Physics and Chemistry (2012)

Ghazi Sarwat, DPhil Candidate (second year)-Felix Scholar (St. Cross)


Ghazi is a 2015 addition to our group. As a Felix Scholar, he will be spending his tenure at Oxford in developing nanoscale devices for unconventional computing using phase change materials and graphene. These devices are envisaged to mimic biological architectures; and expected to revolutionize the existing computational technologies. Before becoming a part of our group, Ghazi has worked on Thermodynamic Modelling, Synthesis and Advance characterization of bulk metallic glasses and high entropy alloys. He has also carried extensive studies of P91 Steel, and Ceria based Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for the best part of his Undergraduation; for which he has grabbed reputed honours. He has an acumen for sports; particularly being passionate about Table Tennis. Ghazi enjoys socializing, breakdancing and Music.

Educational background:

PSG College of Technology, India

B.E Metallurgy, (2015)

Zengguang Cheng, Postdoctoral Fellow in Photonic Computing


Zengguang joined our group in September 2015 to work on flexible electronics based on Phase Change Materials. He obtained his PhD degree in China with researches on synthesis and fabrication of Graphene FET and its biological applications (09/2009-01/2015). From Jan. 2013 to Sep. 2014, he was a visiting scholar in Harvard University to work on syringe injectable electronics and nanowire devices. He has broad research interests from low dimensional materials, novel device fabrication to flexible and wearable electronics. He is a  also a swimming enthusiast and a big fan of football.

Educational background:

National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

PhD (2015, advised by Prof. Ying Fang)

Harvard University, United States

Visiting Scholar (01/2013-09/2014, advised by Prof. Charles M. Lieber)

Xidian University, China

BEng Electronic Science and Technology (2009)

Jeremy Anthony Miles, Part II MEng Materials Science (St. Edmund Hall) 2015-2016


Jeremy joined us in Michaelmas 2015 as a Part II student. He is interested in studying the interfaces in GST/ITO thin film stacks, working closely with Peiman. Previous to his degree, Jeremy went to school in Lausanne and is enamoured with football and skiing.

Educational background:

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

MEng in Materials Science - (2016)

Benjamin (Ben) Porter, Postdoctoral Fellow in Nanomanufacturing


Ben joined the Bhaskaran Lab in October 2011as doctoral student to create novel nanomanufactured devices using probe technologies.  Before undertaking his Doctorate, he completed a four year BSc in Physics at the University of Aberdeen.  He is a great lover of kayaking, sunlight and the universe.

Educational background:

University of Oxford, England

DPhil in Materials (2015, advised by Harish)

University of Aberdeen, Scotland

BSc Physics (Hons.), Greig Prize in Physics Awardee (2011)

Peiman Hosseini,  Postdoctoral Fellow in Phase Change Materials 2012-15

Presently Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Bodle Technologies Limited Visiting Researcher - Advanced Nanoscale Engineering Group


Peiman joined the laboratory after submitting his thesis in carbon-based memories at the University of Exeter and moved with the group to Oxford in early 2013. He pioneered the use of phase change materials as thin-film colour changing materials for applications in displays and smart glazing, and with Harish and David Fyfe founded Bodle Technologies to commercialize this technology, where he currently is the lead technologist and the key member of senior management.

Educational background:

University of Exeter, England

PhD in Engineering (awarded 2013, advised by Prof C David Wright)

Università di Modena, Italy

Masters in Electronic Engineering (2009)

Benjamin Porter (see above, continuing as Postdoctoral Fellow in Nanomanufacturing)

Madhav Kumar (see above, continuing as Postdoctoral Fellow in NEMS)


Mercè Pacios Pujadó, Postdoctoral Fellow in Nanomanufacturing (2013-2016)


Mercè joined the Lab at Oxford in May 2013 to work with Catalysis driven Manufacture and patterning of Graphene at the nanoscale using probe technologies as a Marie Curie Fellow (2013-2015), where she continued as a postdoctoral fellow in nanomanufacturing. Prior to Oxford, she was a Visitant Researcher at Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Centre CIN2, Spain working with graphene transfer. A lover of outdoors activities such as cycling and hiking, she has special interest in sports nutrition.

Educational background:

Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

PhD (2012, advised by Mª José Esplandiu Egido)

MS (2007, advised by Manel del Valle), BSc Chemistry (2006)

Matthias Stegmaier, Recognized Student, visiting from Prof Wolfram Pernice’s Group at Munster 2016

Takashi Lawson, MEng Candidate (final year)- (St Edmund Hall)


Takashi is a final years MEng student researching photonics and optoelectronics using functional materials in the Advanced Nanoscale Engineering Lab. His primary focus is on the scaling limits of photonic and optoelectronic devices, using both modeling tools in the lab as well as fabrication techniques to make devices.

Educational background:

University of Oxford, Right Here

MEng Materials Engineering (Class of 2017)

Harish Bhaskaran, Professor of Applied Nanomaterials

Harish joined the faculty of University of Oxford in January 2013. Just prior to joining Oxford, he was a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Exeter. He was also at IBM Research - Zurich (2006-2009) and at Yale University (2009-2010). An avid cricket and outdoors fan, he does research on nanomechanical devices, data storage and nanomanufacturing in his spare time. He also servces as the Founding Director and Chief Scientific Officer of Bodle Technologies Limited.

Educational background:

University of Maryland, College Park

PhD (2006, advised by Keith Schwab) and MS (2002, advised by Peter Sandborn)

College of Engineering, Pune (University of Pune).

BE Civil and Environmental Engineering (2000)

Principal Investigator
Administrative Officer

Gerardo Rodriguez-Hernandez, DPhil submitted 2016

Presently: Thermal Development Engineer at Bodle Technologies

Prior joining the team Gerardo spent a few years working in the software industry developing projects for companies such as IBM and HamiltonSundstrand. He joined the lab to work on exciting arithmetic processing systems using chalcogenides. His main interest is the quest for scalable non Von Neuman computer architectures. He is funded by a scholarship by the Mexican Government (CONACYT). Further, he was also on a Santander scholarship for Latin-American students whilst at Exeter. He enjoys salsa dancing and Mexican cooking.

Educational background:

University of Exeter, England

MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence (2011)

Universidad de Guadalajara, México

BEng Electronics Engineering (2004)

Carlos Rios Ocampo, DPhil Student - Clarendon Scholar (Graduated 2017)


See in postdocs above

Carlos joined the Lab at Oxford as a Cleandon Scholar and DPhil student in January 2014. His work is focused on the exploitation of phase change materials properties to create unconventional computing arquitectures based on nanophotonic circuits. Before arriving at Oxford, Carlos worked for his Master's thesis in the Integrated Quantum-Optics and Optomechanics group (Dr Wolfram Pernice) at KIT and undertook a 5-year B.Sc. in Physics in Colombia. He enjoys reading, hiking and practicing any kind of sports, especially karate and football.

Educational background:

University of Oxford

DPhil in Materials (2017) 

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

M.Sc. in Optics and Photonics (Hons.) (2013) 

Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

B.Sc. in Physics (Hons.) (2010)

Carlos Rios Ocampo, Posdoctoral Fellow in Photonic Memories


Nathan Youngblood, Postdoctoral Fellow in Photonics


Nathan joined our group in January 2017 and is working on smart window technology and photonic devices using phase-change materials. He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota with research focusing on the integration of 2D materials with silicon photonics for optoelectronic applications. His research interests include integrated photonics, high-speed optoelectronics, novel computing methods, and nanoelectronics. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys reading, cycling, fixing broken electronics, and drinking craft beer—sometimes simultaneously.

Educational background:

University of Minnesota

PhD in Electrical Engineering (2016)