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Dr Jurgita Zekonyte PhD

Visiting Academic

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Dr Jurgita Zekonyte is a Visiting Academic within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Jurgita obtained her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania in 1999. The same year, she obtained scholarship from the town of Kiel to study for a Masters in Materials Science and Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering at Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany. She graduated with the Masters of Science degree in 2001, with the Prof. Werner Petersen award for the best Master Theses. She joined the Multicomponent Materials group at the same institution, and obtained her Engineering Doctorate in Materials Sciences in 2005. Her PhD research was based on sputtering and surface modification of polymers with low energy ion beam relevance to polymer metallization. Later she held a post-doctoral research position on a European FP7 project investigating the chemistry of ceria surfaces and model metal/oxide catalysts at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University London. After that she worked at the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Liverpool, on BBSRC funded research project on the design and analysis of synthetic substrates for embryonic stem cell cultures. During her studies and subsequent post-doctoral experience she became proficient in areas relating to surface science and interfaces, polymer science, nanotechnology, nanocomposites, thin polymer and metal films, adhesion, biomaterials and bio-interfaces, vacuum systems, microscopy and characterization (XPS, AFM, SIMS, FTIR). Jurgita joined the national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton in 2008. Current projects include investigations of light-weight polymer nanocomposites for tribological applications, and self-lubricating polymer based nanocoatings, as well as combining atomic force microscopy and monoclonal antibodies to probe tumour cell surfaces.

Research interests

  • surfaces and interfaces, and their characterization,
  • polymer materials and surfaces that sense and modify their properties,
  • surface functionalization,
  • thin films,
  • smart coatings,
  • self-healing systems,
  • nanocomposites,
  • nanotribology,
  • cell-surface interactions,
  • AFM applications in medicine and biosciences

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Research project(s)

Lightweight ceramic nanotubes reinforced polymer composite coatings and nanofibres with improved impact resistance and responsive functions

Dr Jurgita Zekonyte
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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