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Dr Raymond McQuaid is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Physics. In the past, he developed novel Focused Ion Beam approaches for fabricating nanostructured single-crystal ferroelectric devices and characterised the physics of domains and domain walls in these systems. He has also contributed significantly to more recent domain wall research on bulk single crystals and single crystal thin films. Expanding upon and diversifying this theme, his current research focuses on the thermal properties of ferroic domain walls: his UKRI fellowship (~£950k awarded in 2021) is to develop his own dedicated laboratory and research group in this area. Previously, he was awarded a Japan Trust International Research Cooperation Program Fellowship to perform research at Fujitsu Laboratories Japan, where his expertise in ferroelectrics was leveraged as part of their Next Generation Materials Project. He has authored >20 peer reviewed articles with many of them appearing in high-impact journals such as Nano Letters, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters and Advanced Materials. He has also presented >10 invited talks at leading conferences over the last decade. He was a member of the organising committee for international conferences ISIF 2019 and ISAF-ECAPD-PFM 2022.

Research Interests

Dr McQuaid's research group focuses on the functional properties of nanoscale oxide materials, particularly the influence of ferroic microstructure on thermal transport and electrocaloric effects. These studies typically involve use of novel scanning probe microscopy techniques such as Scanning Thermal Microsopy, as well as electrical characterisation and low-temperature measurement setups.


PHY2002 Solid State Physics (Electrical Properties of Solids)
PHY4001 Physics Projects

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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