Personal Research Interests

My research career has centred around the use of Scanning Probe Microscopy techniques to learn about materials from a nanoscale view. My early research opportunities as an undergraduate at Dalhousie University exposed me to UHV STM manipulation of molecules on surfaces, and liquid AFM for probing biological samples. Having hands and eyes in the nanoworld facinated me then, and still does today. My MSc and PhD work in Peter Grutter's group at McGill University focussed on studying growth of organic semiconductors on insulating substrates by UHV nc-AFM to provide a foundation for molecular electronics studies. In my postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley with Mike Crommie, I used low-temperature UHV STM and STS to look at graphene nanostructures, and we found giant pseduomagnetic fields in strained grpahene nanobubbles. Now in my own group at UBC we apply these tools to understand how structure and electronic states relate by taking spectroscopic measurements on the nanoscale. We apply these methods to molecular systems, graphene, superconductors, and other materials while working to extend the SPM toolbox. I enjoy collaborative work, and am always interested in new materials.


2017-Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Departments of Physics & Astronomy, and Chemistry
2010-2017Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Departments of Physics & Astronomy, and Chemistry
2009-2010NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Berkeley, Department of Physics, Supervisor: Mike Crommie
2004-2004Research Technician, University of Victoria, Department of Physics, Supervisor: Geoff Steeves


2005-2009PhD Physics, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Supervisor: Peter Grutter
Thesis title: Building foundations for molecular electronics: growth of organic molecules on alkali halides as proto- typical insulating substrates
2002-2005MSc Physics, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Superisor: Peter Grutter
Thesis title: Buckminsterfullerene on KBr studied by High Resolution NC-AFM: Molecular nucleation and growth on an insulator
1998-2002BSc(Hons) Physics (minor Chemistry), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Honours thesis with Manfred Jericho

Awards & Honours

2010-Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Nanoscience, renewed 2015
2011Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career Scholar Award for Interdisciplinary Study
2010-2012Associate Member of the CIfAR Nanoelectronics Program
2009-2010NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

last updated july 2017