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1992 …2024

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Seagate Technology / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Data Storage (2017-2022)

Elected Fellow (FInstP) of Institute of Physics (IOP) 2005


Director, EPSRC - SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage (2014-2027 )

Member, Scottish Science Advisory Council (2019-2022)

Senior Advisory Panel, Institute of Physics Publishing, Journal of Physics: Materials (2018 - )

Member IOP Awards Committee (2017-2021)

Member IOP Heads of Physics Steering Committee (2016 - )

Member IOP Audit & Risk Committee (2013-17) 

Member IOP Magnetism Group (2013-17)

Member IOP Governing Council (2009-13)

Chair of the Nations & Branches of IOP (2009-11)

Chair of IOP in Ireland (2008-10)

Visiting Professor at Sogang University, Korea (2008-10)


PHY3002 Advanced Solid State Physics

Level 4 MSci Projects Supervisor

Research Interests

Advanced materials for data storage, nanoscale & nanostructured functional materials.

Research Statement

Current research is directed towards the development and evaluation of advanced materials for data storage technology in partnership with Seagate Technology. Topics being investigated include; rare earth magnetism, rare-earth-ferromagnetic coupling phenomena, synthetic magnetic multilayers and palsmonic materials to facilitate heat assisted magnetic recording sponsored by industry. I lead a team of 3 PDRAs and 7 PhDs.

This is recognised through the award in 2017 of a Seagate Technlogy / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair.

In 2010 along with Seagate Technology we established the ANSIN advanced materials hub, established in 2010 throught their investment of £7.5M of state of the art equipment and a £250K business development fund. Also established was a £1.7M programme engaging ten researchers on new materials and processes for read/write heads used in data storage in support of the R&D at Seagate Technology's manufacturing site in Springtown, Derry. This has also catalysed wider advanced materials research within the School.

2014 saw the awared of £3M from EPSRC for the  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage (PIADS) in collaboration with colleagues in physics and electronic engineering at the Univerity of Glasgow. £8.1m of inital support saw recruitment of cohorts of ten PhDs, each year, for five years. Twelve industry partners are involved. 

2019 sees the renewal of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Inetgration & Advanced Data Storage (PIADS 2.0) through £4.2M from EPSRC and an further £5.3M support from over a dozen industry partners and the Universities. PIADS 2.0 will recruit 13 EngD, 21 industry aligned PhDs and 16 academic led PhDs from 2019/20 in cohorts of ten. Significantly, PIADS 2.0 now also includes the SFI Irish Photonic Integration Centre within the CDT as they recruit 5 PhDs p.a. - paving the way for collaboraive doctoral cohort research between Ireland, NI & Scotland. 


Director, Causeway Sensors Ltd.

A spin-out company specialising in nanostructured surfaces for a range of theraputic applications


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Research Output

Strong coupling of carbon quantum dots in plasmonic nanocavities

Katzen, J., Tserkezis, C., Cai, Q., Li, L. H., Kim, J., Lee, G., Yi, G-R., Hendren, W. R., Santos, E. J. G., Bowman, R. M. & Huang, F., 15 Apr 2020, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Achieving Extremely High Optical Contrast of Atomically-Thin MoS<sub>2</sub>

    Donnelly, G., Velicky, M., Hendren, W., Bowman, R. & Huang, F., 16 Dec 2019, In : Nanotechnology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    43 Downloads (Pure)

    Corrigendum: Optimising the visibility of graphene and graphene oxide on gold with multilayer heterostructures (Nanotechnology (2018) 29 (275205)

    Velický, M., Hendren, W. R., Donelly, G. E., Katzen, J. M., Bowman, R. M. & Huang, F., 09 Aug 2019, In : Nanotechnology. 30, 43, 439501.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • Exfoliation of Centimetre-sized Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers

    Velický, M., Hendren, W., Scullion, D., Santos, E., Bowman, R. & Huang, F., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Exfoliation of large-area atomically-thin InSe for systematic investigation of the layer-dependent properties

    Lu, Z., Donnelly, G., Hendren, W., Bowman, R., Kudrynsky, Z., Mazumder, D., Patane, A. & Huang, F., 24 Sep 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster



    Robert Bowman (Recipient), 1993

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Robert Bowman (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Robert Bowman (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Nanopolaritons of single graphene quantum dots

    Fumin Huang (Speaker), Joel Katzen (Contributor), Christos Tserkezis (Contributor), Qiran Cai (Contributor), Lu Hua Li (Contributor), Jun Min Kim (Contributor), Gaehang Lee (Contributor), Gi-Ra Yi (Contributor), William Hendren (Contributor), Elton Santos (Contributor), Robert Bowman (Contributor)
    24 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Magnetism 2018

    Jade Scott (Presenter), Robert Bowman (Advisor), William Hendren (Contributor), Richard Evans (Contributor), Roy Chantrell (Contributor)
    09 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Advanced Materials in Data Storage

    Robert Bowman (Invited speaker)
    18 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    A-Level Physics: What are we doing?

    Robert Bowman (Keynote speaker)
    15 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Atomic sculpture of graphene oxide

    Yuefeng Huang (Presenter), Matej Velicky (Contributor), Gavin Donnelly (Contributor), Joel Katzen (Contributor), William Hendren (Contributor), Robert Bowman (Contributor), Fumin Huang (Advisor)
    23 Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    Failure in Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) for AVX Ltd

    Robert Bowman (Participant), Marty Gregg (Participant), Mohamed Saad (Participant), Li-Wu Chang (Participant), Mark McMillen (Participant), Alina Schilling (Participant)

    Impact: Economic Impact

    Seagate Technology R&D Investment Strategy

    Alina Schilling (Participant), Robert Bowman (Participant), Marty Gregg (Participant), Paul Evans (Participant), Xinhua Zhu (Participant), John McPhillips (Participant), Robert Pollard (Participant), Ronald Atkinson (Participant), William Hendren (Participant), Gregory Wurtz (Participant), Wayne Dickson (Participant), Anatoly Zayats (Participant)

    Impact: Economic Impact


    A Combined Experimental and Computational Study of Ni3Pt/Ir/Co Synthetic Ferrimagnets: Taking Atomistic Spin Simulation into the Laboratory

    Author: Scott, J., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Bowman, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy