Neville V Richardson


  • KY16 9ST

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

The Chemistry of Molecules at Surfaces. *Understanding the fundamental aspects of the interactions of molecules with surfaces underpins many advanced technologies, such as molecular electronics, optoelectronics, sensors, heterogeneous catalysis, displays, functional coatings etc. It is a challenge to the surface scientist to unravel the intricacies of these interactions and to design novel systems to exploit molecular and surface properties to advantage. *Multifunctional molecules at surfaces display a rich and varied chemisorption behaviour. On the one hand, bonding to semiconductor surfaces tends to be dominated by strong covalent interactions, limited adsorbate diffusion and structures which are relatively insensitive to coverage and temperature. On the other hand, on metal surfaces where diffusion is relatively uninhibited a subtle balance between interadsorbate, lateral interactions and adsorbate-substrate bonding determines the molecular orientation, the two-dimensional crystallinity and in turn the electronic properties and reactivity.*Our current work is focused in the following areas:Organic molecules at silicon surfaces; Amino acids at metal surfaces; Polyaromatics and macrocylic molecules at metal and semiconductor surfaces; Alumina surfaces; The role of proteoglycans in surface biology; Carbon deposition on marine sediments

Industrial relevance

Industrial Consultancies : Omicron Electron Spectroscopy Ltd (formerly VSW Ltd), 1986-94, 1996-99. TecQuipment Ltd 1995 Tioxide Ltd, 1996-97

Academic/Professional Qualification

B.A, Natural Sciences (Chemistry), University of Oxford; D.Phil., Chemistry, University of Oxford; Royal Society of Chemistry; Institute of Physics; American Vacuum Society

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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