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Dr Geoff Hyett 

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

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As a solid state and materials chemist I have a particular interest in photocatalysis, mixed anion solids and function thin films synthesized via chemical vapour deposition. I am currently a lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, having joined the Department of Chemistry in 2013.

I received an MChem in 2002 and DPhil in 2005 from the University of Oxford. After completing my doctorate on mixed magnetic materials I moved to University College London, to carry out post-doctoral research work on thin films in the group of Professor Ivan Parkin. In 2009 I was awarded a Ramsay research fellowship at UCL. During my time in London, I also held a secondary position as a lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London, on their university access course.




Research interests

My current research interests lie in developing novel mixed anion materials using high throughput synthetic strategies, and their deposition as thin films using CVD. The mixed anion approach, that is the investigation of oxynitrides, oxysulfides and other materials, allows the differing, charge, size, and bonding requirements to influence structure and electronic properties giving novel materials and allowing tuning of properties.

I am particularly interested in the potential of mixed anion materials as visible light photocatalysts, and thermochromic materials and their application to water splitting devices, self-cleaning and energy conservation coatings. Additionally we are also looking at facile, low cost routes to the control of thin film microstructure and porosity.

Research Projects

A new method of nanosynthesis: chemical control of nanostructure in films

Investigating the effect of low cost chemical additives on chemical vapour deposition processes, to control film nanostructure and influence functional properties.

Using high throughput synthesis for discovery of new oxynitride photocatalysts

Making use of a combinatorial ink-jet printing and sol-gel dip coating strategy to find new photocatalytic materials.

Research group

Functional Inorganic, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry

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Dr Geoff Hyett
Chemistry University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 30/2027

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