Research and Teaching Interests
– Syntheses of atypical organic and organometallic materials for applications in single-molecule electronics, materials science, catalysis, and beyond.
– Fundamental charge transfer processes on the nanoscale (using scanning probe, surface/solution electrochemical techniques), with a focus on hopping transport.
– New design strategies in self-assembled monolayers, including the use of in situ chemical reactions, to engineer functional surfaces with single-molecule precision.
– Applying and developing modern scientific methods (backwards design, active learning) to teach organometallic and physical chemistry courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Also see faculty research profile here.
Mike studied chemistry at Durham University, UK (2004-8), graduating with an M.Chem. (1st class Honours). As part of his final year he conducted a research project in industry at ICI Paints/AkzoNobel, developing controlled release technologies for paint (polymer/supramolecular chemistry). He obtained his Ph.D. at Imperial College London, UK (2008-13) working in the groups of Prof. Nicholas J. Long and Prof. Tim Albrecht (now at the University of Birmingham), synthesising branched organometallic complexes for fundamental charge transport studies. Continuing as a postdoctoral researcher in the same groups (2013-15), he developed an unsupervised scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) technique for single-molecule conductance measurements, as well as preparing a family of cyclic oligoferrocenes with unusual charging behaviour. In 2015 he began a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship with Prof. Latha Venkataraman at Columbia University, U.S.A. Here his research focused on STM studies of pristine and post-functionalized self-assembled monolayers, in addition to solution-based single-molecule conductance measurements of redox-active materials. The final year of his Fellowship was spent at the University of Rennes 1, France (2017-8) with Prof. Philippe Hapiot studying charge transport kinetics in surface-immobilised redox-active systems.
In January 2019, Mike joined the faculty at the Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
Please see my curriculum vitae for additional details.