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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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Selected Projects 2003 2024

Research Output 1992 2019

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

Nanoengineering the reduction of individual graphene oxide thin films

Huang, Y., Donnelly, G., Katzen, J., Hendren, W., Bowman, R. & Huang, F., 11 Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Optical Properties of the Au3Zr Intermetallic Alloys

Littlehailes, H., Hendren, W., Drakeley, S., Bowman, R. & Huang, F., 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

Activities 2003 2019

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

Alison Cowan (Presenter), Robert Bowman (Participant), Stephen McVitie (Advisor)
10 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Journal of Physics Materials (Journal)

Robert Bowman (Editorial advisory board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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

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