Dr Ed Romans

tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0054
ext: 30054
fax: +44 (0)20 7679 0595


Research interests:

Pulsed laser deposition of oxide materials
Superconducting thin films and devices
Nano-SQUIDs and their applications


  • Lecturer, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL (2006-)
  • EPSRC Advanced Fellow (2003-2008)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, National Institute of Materials Science, Japan (2003)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Dept of Physics, University of Strathclyde (1994-2006)
  • PhD in Low Temperature Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge (1995)
  • BA Natural Sciences (Physics and Theoretical Physics), Cambridge (1991)



My research involves superconducting thin films, Josephson junctions and especially Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) and their applications. SQUIDs are unrivalled as magnetic flux sensors over a wide frequency range from dc up to GHz and beyond. They have many applications in biomagnetism, non destructive evaluation, geophysics and fundamental metrology. For the past 12 years I worked on developing a range of superconducting devices and applications based on high temperature superconductor (HTS) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition. Since I arrived at UCL in late 2006 my group has developed a range of niobium-based nano-scale SQUID sensors. Such devices have many potential applications in spintronics, quantum information processing and magnetic nanoparticle detection.

Niobium SQUID fabricated at UCL using our focussed ion beam (FIB) facility. The device incorporates 150 nm wide nanobridges (inset) as the active Josephson elements.

Recent publications

  • "Spatial resolution assessment of Nano-SQUIDs made by focused ion beam" [PDF File] L. Hao, J. C. Macfarlane, J. C. Gallop, E. Romans, D. Cox, D. Hutson and J. Chen
  • "HTS SQUID NDE of curved surfaces using background field cancellation techniques" [PDF File] Shane Keenan, Edward J. Romans and Gordon B. Donaldson

Research Highlights

Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) are incredibly sensitive magnetic flux sensors which consist of a...
Freestanding Superconducting Pickup Loop.
While the Euston Arch may have been controversially demolished in the 1960s during redevelopment of Euston Station, but...

Presently I teach two modules: Physical Science for Nanotechnology (for the MSc in Nanotechnology) and RF Devices (for the MSc in Technologies for Broadband Communications). I also co-ordinate the student research projects for the MSc in Nanotechnology and am a tutor for 1st-year undergraduate electrical engineers.