Duncan Johnstone

Duncan Johnstone

Part II student, St Catherine's College

I am working on the synthesis and characterisation of metal chalcogenide nanomaterials for my Part II (Masters) thesis. Such materials are of interest owing to their existence as structural analogues of Carbon nanomaterials combined with versatile chemistry and properties. The project focuses on controlling the reaction parameters systematically to tailor the nanostructures produced. A range of characterisation techniques will be used to investigate structure properties relationships.

In the past, I developed mechanical testing protocols for organic field-effect transistors in the polymers group at Oxford Materials (summer 2012). He also investigated the effect of soluble biological signalling factors on cell migration with a view to establishing design principles for wound healing therapies using functionalised biomaterials in the Hubbell group at the EPFL (summer 2013).