The Group in 2012




The Group in 2011 (having fun in Niagara Falls)





Group Members

Prof. Giovanni Fanchini

(PhD Politecnico di Torino, 2003)

I have been working for a decade on different types of carbon-based nano-materials, including diamond-like carbon, carbon nitrides, boron carbide, carbon nanotubes, blends of fullerenes and photoactive polymers and, from 2006, graphene.

I am focussing on the optical and electronic properties of these materials. I see the fabrication of nanodevices as an excellent way of further understanding the intriguing properties of carbon-based nanosystems and have frequently used in-situ optical spectroscopies of electronic devices during operation as powerful tools to investigate optoelectronic nanodevices, including thin-flim transistors and solar cells.

M. Shafiq Ahmed - PhD student

I got my BSc from the University of Punjab (Pakistan) and MSc from University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). I am now working on the development of novel spectroscopic techniques for investigating small absorption and non-radiative recombination in graphene, nanotubes, other organic materials, and related devices. See Shafiq's CV.

Reg Bauld - PhD student

I received my BSc from UBC (Physics, with minor in Mathematics). I am working towards the study of defects in organic and carbon-based materials and their effect on the performance of optoelectronic devices, including solar cells. See Reg's CV.

Arash Akbari-Sharbaf - PhD student

I received my BSc in Physics from York University and a MSc degree from Western in Condensed Matter Theory working on magnetic ribbons. Afterwards, I decided to become an experimentalist and am currently combining experiments and theory for studying the effects of shape on the properties of graphene nanoribbons. I am jointly supervised by Prof. Cottam, for my theoretical work, and Prof. Fanchini. See Arash's CV.

Faranak Sharifi - PhD student

I received my BSc and MSc in Physics from the University of Shiraz (Iran). I am now working towards the development of innovative graphene thin films and their utilization in optical and electronic devices, such as thin film transistors, solar cells and biological applications. See Faranak's CV.

Kris O. Chui - MSc student

I received my BSc in Physics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am now working towards the development of advanced plasmonic materials for optoelectronic applications. See Kris' CV.

Sabastine Ezugwu - MSc student

I received my MSc in Applied Physics from the University of Nigeria-Nsukka. My current interests are in developing and testing new plasmonic materials. See Sabastine's CV.

Steven Crone - 2012 NSERC-USRA student

Currently, I am a Western student working towards the completion of my BSc in Chemistry. My research interest is in electron spin resonance (ESR) characterization of paramagnetic chalcogenolates. I am jointly supervised by Prof. Corrigan, for my synthesis work, and Prof. Fanchini. See Steven's CV.

Lakshmi N. Ragupathy - 2012 MITACS-Globalink awardee

Currently, I am an undergraduate student in Engineering Physics at IIT-Madras (India). My summer project is on graphene-based plasmonic solar cells. See Lakshmi's CV.

Andrei Venter - Summer 2012 Lab assistant

Currently, I am in my second year BSc in Physics at Western. I am developing a new apparatus for characterization of nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions. See Andrei's CV.



Alumni

Leesa Marie Fleury - 2011 NSERC-USRA student and 2011-12 Lab assistant

Currently, I am a Western student working towards the completion of my BSc in Physics. My research interest was in developing and characterizing new anhydrous hole-blocking layers for innovative solar cell applications.

Marima Van Walsh - 2010-11 Honors research student

My thesis was about the effect of oxygen on the performance of organic photo-voltaics. In collaboration with Prof. Simpson, I used the Rutherford Backscattering facility at the Tandetron Lab to estimate the O content in polymeric solar cell layers.

Adrian Basilij - 2009-10 Honors research student and 2010 Summer student

My thesis and summer projects were about studies on the degradation of organic solar cells, using a suite of electrical characterization and spectroscopic techniques.

Maria Tibbo - 2009-10 Honors research student and 2010 Summer student

My thesis and summer projects were about the preparation of graphene and carbon nanotube thin films via solution processing.