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Mr Timothy Poole



Telephone: 01392 725728 or 01392 725767

Extension: (Streatham) 5728 or (Streatham) 5767


Tim graduated from the University of Exeter in 2013 with a 1st class Physics (MPhys) degree, including an integrated masters project studying the thermal infrared light emission from large-area (3mm x 3mm) graphene devices on silicon dioxide. This research has added to the current global interest in finding device applications for graphene, with specific potential use as a thermal infrared source for gas detection systems. He has also undertaken placements with the University of Exeter's Knowledge Transfer Account Arkiris, designing a measurement system for interrogating RFID tags, and QinetiQ's Smart Materials group, configuring hardware for acoustic stealth testing.

Now studying for a PhD under Prof. Geoffrey Nash within Functional Materials at Exeter, Tim is examining the interaction between surface acoustic waves (SAWs) and graphene placed on a piezoelectric material (lithium niobate). The acoustoelectric effect provides a novel method of probing the electronic properties of graphene and how they respond to changes in the local environment (ambient lighting conditions, for example). This work intends to contribute towards basic research in graphene-SAW devices and also inform future device designs.


  • Luxmoore, I. J., Adlem, C., Poole, T., Lawton, L. M. and Mahlmeister, N. H. and Nash, G. R., Thermal emission from large area chemical vapor deposited graphene devices. Applied Physics Letters, 103, 131906 (2013), DOI:


  • "Surface Acoustic Wave Interactions with Graphene" - (Oral Presentation) NanoteC15, Carbon Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, (14/09/2015 - 17/09/2015) Oxford, United Kingdom
  • "Photoresponse of Acoustoelectric Effect in Graphene" - (Oral Presentation) IEEE NANO 2015, 15th International Conference on Nanotechnology, (27/07/2015 - 30/07/2015) Rome, Italy


  • £150 - The British Carbon Group Student Travel Bursary - awarded to student members of The British Carbon Group to assist participation in national and international meetings relating to the science and technology of carbon materials - September 2015 for NanoteC15 attendance
  • £300 - Institute of Physics Research Student Conference Fund - awarded to Associate Members of the Institute of Physics to subsidise conference attendance - July 2015 for IEEE NANO 2015 attendance
  • £100 - C R Barber Trust - awarded to early career Associate Members of the Institute of Physics to subsidise overseas conference attendance - June 2015 for IEEE NANO 2015 attendance

Professional Body Memberships

  • Associate Member of the Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • Graduate Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)