Nanomaterials Group, University of Southampton

Nanomaterials Group

Prof. David Smith - Head of Group


I am a Professor of Nanotechnology at the University of Southampton. I studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and a DPhil in Physics at the University of Oxford.

My DPhil was on "The Ultrafast Dynamics of a Semiconductor, GaSb, and a Superconductor, YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-delta)." I have a strong background in laser spectroscopy and measurements of the dynamics of solids on the femtosecond timescale, e.g time resolved incoherent Raman scattering, time resolved luminescence and pump-probe spectroscopy. I have worked on vapour-liquid-solid nanowires, in the group of Prof. Lieber (Harvard) including e beam contacting of nanowires and charge transport measurements.  I have developed methods for the growth of single walled carbon nanotubes from non-metallic nano particles.  I have been funded by Merck to research organic electronic transistors and have developed a single molecule electronics test bed.


Selected Publications


Electrodeposition of metals from supercritical fluids

J. Ke, W.T. Su, S.M. Howdle, M.W. George, D. Cook, M. Perdjon-Abel, P.N.Bartlett, W.J. Zhang, F. Cheng, W. Levason, G. Reid, J.  Hyde, J.Wilson, D.C.Smith, K.Mallik, P. Sazio

PNAS 106(35), 14768-14772 (2011)


Growth of nanowire superlattice structures for nanoscale photonics and electronics

M. Gudikson, L. Lauhon, J. Wang, D. Smith and C. Lieber

Nature, 415(6872), 617-620 (2006)


Ultrafast mid-infrared response of YBa2Cu3O7-delta

R. Kaindl, M. Woerner, T. Elsasser, D. Smith, J. Ryan , G. Farnan, M. McCurry and D. Walmsley

Science, 287(5452), 470-473 (2000)


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