Chris Ewels

Name Chris Ewels
Work Groups Work Group 1 - Synthesis
Work Group 2 - Characterisation
Work Group 3 - Devices
Work Group 4 - Theory
Laboratory Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel
Organisation CNRS / Universite de Nantes
Areas of Research doping, irradiation damage, chemical functionalisation, surface interaction, metallisation of carbon nanomaterials, structure nanoscale oxides, interaction nanomaterials (e.g. fullerenes+nanotubes), chemistry of graphene
Research Keywords defects, interfaces, nanoscale carbons, functionalisation, modelling, DFT, nanotube, graphene, fullerene, nanocone, molecular magnets

Areas of Future Interest nanoscale oxides, combining DFT with larger scale simulations, defects and interfaces, novel nanocarbons

Selected Publications:

Brief CV
Specialist in DFT modelling of defective/functionalised nanoscale materials, also audiovisual science communication.

Currently CNRS researcher in Nantes modelling carbon materials, irradiation induced defects, doping, impurities and dislocations. 2006 EU Marie Curie Excellence Award, vice-chairman of NanoTP.


Since 1/10/2005 :
Full Time Researcher : CNRS CR1, France
At the Institute of Materials (CNRS UMR6502) in Nantes
Computational Nanotechnology (atomic scale modeling)

Trustee : The Vega Science Trust (science TV charity)

Refereed Publications to date : 55
Total Publications to date : 80
Book Chapters : 5
H-index (WoS) : 17

Previous Experience:
(9.2003-6.2005) Marie Curie Individual Fellowship
Solid State Physics Laboratory, Group of Christian Colliex, Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France
New carbon nanostructures combining theoretical modelling and electron energy loss spectroscopy. Study of intrinsic defects, irradiation defects in graphite and nanotubes, doping and chemical functionalisation of nanotubes, fullerenes and oxide nanostructures (TiOx).

(9.2002-8.2003) TMR Postdoc, Composite Materials, ONERA, Paris, France
Synthesis of new composite materials using epoxide resins and carbon nanotubes. Mechanical testing, extrusion, optical and electron microscopy.

(10.97-9.2002, 2 days/week) CPES, Sussex University, UK
Computer modelling carbon materials (diamond, graphite, nanotubes, fullerenes). Irradiation induced defects in graphite, impurities and dislocations in materials.

(5.99-9.2002, 3 days/week) The Vega Science Trust
Charity created by Sir Harry Kroto NL to communicate science in the media. Developed Europe’s first science TV channel broadcast over Internet. Researched programmes (broadcast on BBC), production public relations. Credited in production for 12 TV programmes.

(9.93-8.97) PhD « Research Assistant », Physics Department, Exeter University
Computer modelling of impurities and defects in semiconductors (notably silicon and oxygen).