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Research interests

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  • materials chemistry for energy harvesting, storage and conversion
  • precursor design
  • chemical vapour deposition (plasma, low pressure, atmospheric pressure and aerosol assisted)
  • atomic layer deposition (plasma assisted and thermal)
  • graphene science
  • nanoparticle synthesis

Thin film materials

Thin films have applications in optics, electronics, healthcare, magnets, mechanics and chemistry. Every piece of electronic or optical equipment needs thin films.

We make thin films by arranging conducting, semiconducting and insulating materials in specific ways. This allows electrons to flow through them in the way we want them to.

Producing these thin film materials is a major challenge. They can have exotic compositions and can range in thickness from fractions of a nanometer (monolayer) to several micrometers.

Molecular precursors

My group's research centres on development and synthesis of new molecules called molecular precursors. We use these to produce thin films of metals, oxides, chalcogenides and nitrides by two processes:

  • chemical vapour deposition (CVD)
  • atomic layer deposition (ALD)

Our aim is to develop new precursors which are highly volatile and non-toxic. Using CVD or ALD we can then use these precursors to grow thin films.

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Projects 2008 2017

COSMOS (COmplementary Semiconductors using thin film Metal OxideS

Johnson, A. & Hill, M.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Atomic layer deposition
Hydrogen storage
Organic light emitting diodes (OLED)
Epitaxial growth

SPECIFIC Tranche 1: Building as Power Stations

Molloy, K. C., Hill, M. & Johnson, A.


Project: Research council


Research Output 2000 2019

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Mo-doped TiO2 photoanodes using [Ti4Mo2O8(OEt)10]2 bimetallic oxo cages as a single source precursor

Regue Grino, M., Armstrong, K., Walsh, D., Richards, E., Johnson, A. & Eslava, S., 19 Sep 2018, In : Sustainable Energy & Fuels. 2, 12, p. 2674-2686 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Oxidative Addition to Sn(II) Guanidinate Complexes: Precursors to Tin(II) Chalcogenide Nanocrystals

Johnson, A., Ahmet, I. & Thompson, J., 23 Apr 2018, In : European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. 2018, 15, p. 1670-1678 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Nanocrystalline materials
Energy dispersive X ray analysis
Field emission

Single-source precursors for a-Fe2O3 thin-films

Surman, M., Johnson, A. & Hill, M., 3 Apr 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access

Synthesis, Characterisation and Thermal Properties of Sn(II) Pyrrolide Complexes

Parish, J. D., Snook, M. W., Johnson, A. L. & Kociok-Kohn, G., 21 Jun 2018, In : Dalton Transactions . 47, 23, 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Thermodynamic properties
Metallorganic chemical vapor deposition
Bearings (structural)


Data set for: Mo-doped TiO2 photoanodes using [Ti4Mo2O8(OEt)10]2 bimetallic oxo cages as a single source precursor

Regue Grino, M. (Creator), Armstrong, K. (Creator), Walsh, D. (Creator), Richards, E. (Creator), Johnson, A. (Creator), Eslava Fernandez, S. (Creator), University of Bath, 19 Sep 2018


Raw Data for Azetidinium Lead Iodide for Perovskite Solar Cells

Pering, S. (Creator), Kubiak, P. (Creator), Deng, W. (Creator), Niemann, R. (Creator), Brivio, F. (Creator), Ghosh, D. (Creator), Troughton, J. R. (Creator), Jeffrey, F. (Creator), Johnson, A. (Creator), Lewis, S. (Creator), Walker, A. (Creator), Watson, T. M. (Creator), Islam, M. (Creator), Raithby, P. (Creator), Cameron, P. (Creator), University of Bath, 23 Jan 2018



(Thio)amidate Precursors to Metal Chalcogenides

Author: Catherall, A. L., 12 Dec 2017

Supervisor: Hill, M. (Supervisor) & Johnson, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


An investigation into the thin film deposition of binary oxide, ternary oxide and binary sulphide materials.

Author: Thongchai, P., 13 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Johnson, A. (Supervisor) & Hill, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

An Investigation of Tin Chalcogenide Precursors and Thin Film Materials for Applications in Energy Harvesting Devices

Author: Ahmet, I., 26 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Johnson, A. (Supervisor), Hill, M. (Supervisor), Molloy, K. (Supervisor) & Peter, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Conversion Of Carbon Dioxide To Hydrocarbons Using Iron Nanoparticle-Carbon Nanotube Catalysts

Author: Minett, D., 13 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Mattia, D. (Supervisor), Jones, M. (Supervisor), Johnson, A. (Supervisor), Tooze, B. (External person) (Supervisor) & Smith, D. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD