Steven Schofield

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Dr Steven Schofield

Telephone Number: 
+44 (0)207 679 9965
Telephone Extension: 
39 965
Fax Number: 
+44 (0)207 679 0595
Research Interests: 
Atomic-scale quantum structures
Single-atom and molecular devices
Organic functionalisation of semiconductors

Steven Schofield is Lecturer in Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at University College London (UCL).  He currently holds an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Career Acceleration Fellowship (2009-14).

Steven's main research interests are in the investigation and manipulation of matter at the atomic scale for fundamental science and for the development of new strategies for constructing devices that exploit quantum properties. He is pursuing these goals through the creation and manipulation of quantum states on surfaces both by the direct manipulation of the intrinsic states at surfaces, and through the molecular functionalization of surfaces using organic molecules.

Steven obtained a BSc(hons) from the University of Newcastle (Australia) in 1998.  He subsequently worked on a ski resort in California and spent time travelling before undertaking at PhD at the University of New South Wales (2000-04), where he established a technique for positioning donor atoms in silicon with atomic-scale precision; part of an effort to build a solid-state quantum computer in the groups of Robert Clark and Michelle Simmons.  Steven's first postdoctoral position was at the University of Newcastle, where he gained an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005-08) and expanded his research interests to include the organic functionalisation of semiconductors.

Employment history
  • 2012-present: Lecturer in Condensed Matter Physics (UCL)
  • 2009-present: EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (UCL)
  • 2008-2009: Postdoctoral Researcher (UCL)
  • 2005-2008: ARC Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Newcastle)
  • 2004-2005: Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Newcastle)
  • 1999 Research Assistant, Surface Theory Group (University of Newcastle)
  • 2000-2004: PhD (Physics), University of New South Wales
  • 1994-1998: BSc(honors), University of Newcastle
Awards and honours: 
  • Career Acceleration Fellowship, EPSRC/UCL (2009)
  • Excellent Young Researcher Travel Award, Surface Science Society of Japan (2005)
  • Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, Australian Research Council (2005)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, University of New South Wales (2000)
  • George Arkla Harle Prize, University of Newcastle (1997)
External positions held: 
Memberships : 
  • 2002-present: Instutite of Physics (IOP)
  • 2002-present: Amerian Physical Society (APS)
  • 1999-present: Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)

I currently supervise second year undergradute experiments and first year undergradute tutorials within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL.  I have previously lectured undergraduate classes covering topics such as introductory quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, and wave motion.  I supervise PhD, MSc, MSci and Summer Vacation students at UCL.