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Mr Conor Price

Postgraduate Researcher (Metamaterials CDT 2018)

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Telephone: 01392 725018

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I am a first year PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) at the University of Exeter. I completed my undergraduate studies here in Exeter, receiving a First Class MPhys (Hons) Physics degree in 2018.

My Masters project, titled 'Artificial Photosynthesis from Perovskite Structure Materials', was supervised by Dr Steven Hepplestone. This was a computational project employing density functional theory (DFT) to investigate the surface structure and properties of perovskite strontium stannate in the context of photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The aim of the project was to determine the electronic band structure for various surfaces of my chosen structure, which in turn suggest whether the system is capable of PEC water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen. The project resulted in promising results, suggesting that strontium stannate could be a suitable candidate for PEC water splitting, and providing a deeper understanding of the role that surfaces play in this PEC process. The results have been taken further by Dr Steven Hepplestone's group, being presented in the Fall European Material Research conference (E-MRS) in Warsaw, Poland.

My current research is on 'Two Dimensional Metamaterial Batteries', supervised by Dr Steven Hepplestone. l will aim to create a theoretical model of Li- and Na- transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) batteries, using a combination of random structure prediction, empirical atomistic simulations and DFT.

 

Workshops:

- 2nd Joint CCP9-MCC-UKCP-EPCC Workshop on Ab initio Periodic Codes, Daresbury, UK (21st-24th January 2019).

Training:

- Communicating Science for the General Public Workshop.
- Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Stage I.
- Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Stage II.
- Scientific Writing Workshop.

Additional Courses:

- Solving problems in wave physics.
- Computational physics and modelling.
- Magnetic materials and devices.
- Statistics and data analysis.

Additional Responsibilities:

- Demonstrator for seven undergraduate modules (Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Quantum Mechanics I, Electromagnetism I, Condensed Matter I, Thermal Physics). This required me to mark weekly problem sets submitted by undergraduates, and discuss the problem sets during problems classes.
- Member of the Student Advisory Group (SAG). The SAG consists of members of each cohort to represent the student body at meetings with the Management and Oversight Boards. We help to implement new ideas that benefit the overall experience of our peers, to offer different perspectives, and to ensure the PGRs' opinions are heard. In particular, I took on the role of Outreach contact, giving my peer PGRs a point of contact to address any concerns with engaging in outreach activities.
- Arranged monthly seminars, aimed at the Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials (QSN) group. Coordinated meetings with speakers from within the group, and with invited national/international speakers.
- Member of the 'Metabuddies' outreach group.