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Mr Shane Davies

Postgraduate Researcher (Metamaterials CDT 2017)

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I am a second year PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2). I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2017 with an MPhys in Physics.

I am currently working with Dr Steven Hepplestone, Prof. G.P. Srivastava and Dr David Horsell on improving the efficiency of thermoelectric devices. These devices harvest the waste heat of everyday processes to create useful electricity, and represent a enticing way to reduce the environmental impact of our growing energy needs. Our work hopes to exploit nanoscale patterning of material interfaces, to optimise the thermal transport properties for thermoelectric applications.

This work utilises first principles calculations to discern the electronic and phononic properties of materials and investigate how changes to the structure at interface regions can modify these properties. Building upon this we use semi-empirical force field methods to simulate larger, and more physical systems.