Andrew Searle

Andrew Searle

DTA Studentship, Wolfson College

MSc University of Oxford


Andrew's DPhil project aims to explore the application of nanostructured electron emitters for high-efficiency lighting. The emission characteristics will be studied using a prototype lamp. Different types of nanotube materials will be generated and studied with regard to their performance and resilience to prolonged emission. The project focus is to study the potential for improving the efficiency of fluorescent lamps by reducing the energy needed to start and to sustain the discharge. The project also involves the in-house generation of novel carbon nanostructures and their characterisation using electron microscopy techniques.

Previous work

Andrew's undergraduate final year project consisted of fabricating thallium based superconducting thin films on curved substrates, for use in a novel MRI scanner.