The University of Southampton

Professor David Smith 

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Quantum, Light and Matter Group

Prof. Smith did his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and a DPhil in Physics at Oxford on the "Ultrafast Dynamics of a Semiconductor, GaSb, and a High Temperature Superconductor, YBa2Cu3O7-d". He has held an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship (Early Career) and led a flagship EPSRC Basic Technology grant. He is now part an EPSRC programme grant (ADEPT) which is exploiting electrodeposition to deposit infrared detectors, phase change memory and thermoelectric devices.

Research

Research interests

Prof. Smith uses advanced optical spectroscopic methods, particularly resonance Raman spectroscopy and ultrafast spectroscopy techniques, to study a range of nanomaterials. Currently he is studying 3 atom thick monolayers and heterostructures consisting of two monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides. Resonance Raman spectroscopy allows him to probe optically dark, large wavevector excitons in these structures using double resonance processes. In addition the ability to associated particularly vibration frequencies with partricular materials allows him to probe the hybridisation of exciton and trions, both intralyer and interlayer, in heterostructures. In addition to the transition metal dichalcogenides he is studing extreme nanowires, 1-3 atoms in diameter, which can be formed inside the inner cavity of single walled carbon nanotubes.

Teaching

Prof. Smith is one of two admissions tutors for Physics and Astronomy. He is currently the course coordinator for Intro to Nano a second year course which is the students first opportunity to explore the fascinating effects which occur when the dimensions of objects are reduced to 2-2000 atoms.

Publications

Nandhakumar, I.S., Gabriel, T., Li, X., Attard, G.S., Markham, M., Smith, D.C. and Baumberg, J.J. (2004) Optical properties of mesoporous II-VI semiconductor compound films. Chemical Communications, 2004 (12), 1374-1375. (doi:10.1039/b403423f).

Markham, M.L., Baumberg, J.J., Smith, D.C., Li, X., Gabriel, T., Attard, G.S. and Nandhakumar, I. (2005) Birefringent cadmium-telluride-based metamaterial. Applied Physics Letters, 86 (1), 1-3. (doi:10.1063/1.1844035).

Gardner, C.E., Ghanem, M.A., Wilson, J.W. and Smith, D.C. (2006) Development of a nanowire-based test bed device for molecular electronics applications. Analytical Chemistry, 78 (3), 951-955. (doi:10.1021/ac051106l).

Gudiksen, M.S., Lauhon, L.J, Wang, J., Smith, D.C. and Lieber, M. (2002) Letter to Nature. Growth of nanowire superlattice structures for nanoscale photonics and electronics. Nature, 415 (6872), 617-620. (doi:10.1038/415617a).

Melvin, T., Dyadshuka, L., Weld, A.M., Yin, H., Adam, A., Brown, T., Jaiswal, S., Boudakos, K., Smith, D.C., Baumberg, J.J. and Booy, F. (2006) DNA, nanoparticles and photons - new approaches for clinical diagnostics. International Symposium on Biophotonics, Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, China. 16 - 18 Oct 2006. (doi:10.1109/METAMAT.2006.334986).

Finlayson, C.E., Amezcua, A., Sazio, P.J.A., Walker, P.S., Grossel, M.C., Curry, R.J., Smith, D.C. and Baumberg, J.J. (2005) Infrared emitting PbSe nanocrystals for telecommunications window applications. Journal of Modern Optics, 52 (7), 955-964. (doi:10.1080/09500340512331327589).

Markham, M.L., Smith, D.C., Baumberg, J.J., Gabriel, T., Li, X., Nandhakumar, I. and Attard, G.S. (2005) Nanoporous semiconductor-based metamaterials. In Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics, 2005. vol. 1-3, IEEE. pp. 1435-1437 . (doi:10.1109/CLEO.2005.202150).

Nandhakumar, Iris, Gabriel, Timothy, Li, Xiahong, Attard, George S., Markham, Matthew, Smith, David C. and Baumberg, Jeremy J. (2004) Optical properties of nanostructured mesoporous semiconductor films. In Nanostructured Materials in Alternative Energy Devices: 2004 MRS Spring Meeting Symposium Proceedings. vol. 822, Materials Research Society. pp. 91-96 .

Nandhakumar, I.S., Gordon-Smith, T.J., Attard, G.S. and Smith, D.C. (2005) Application of carbon nanotube AFM probes to the characterization of mesoporous materials. Small, 1 (4), 406-408. (doi:10.1002/smll.200400095).

Wilson, James William, Yang, Jixin, Hyde, Jason R., Smith, David C., Howdle, Steven M., Mallik, Kanad, Sazio, Pier J.A., O'Brien, Paul, Malik, Mohamed, Afzaal, Mohammad and Nguyen, Chinh Q. (2008) Ultra-high pressure MOCVD: a supercritical route to compound semiconductor materials. 2008 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting. 01 - 05 Dec 2008.

Ke, Jie, Su, Wenta, Howdle, Steven M., George, Michael W., Cook, David, Perdjon-Abel, Magda, Bartlett, Philip N., Zhang, Wenjian, Cheng, Fei, Levason, William, Reid, Gillian, Hyde, Jason, Wilson, James, Smith, David C., Mallik, Kanad and Sazio, Pier (2009) Electrodeposition of metals from supercritical fluids. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106 (35), 14768-14772. (doi:10.1073/pnas.0901986106).

Yang, Jixin, Hyde, Jason R., Wilson, James W., Mallik, Kanad, Sazio, Pier J.A., O'Brien, Paul, Malik, Mohamed A., Afzaal, Mohammad, Nguyen, Chinh Q., George, Michael W., Howdle, Steven M. and Smith, David C. (2009) Continuous flow supercritical chemical fluid deposition of optoelectronic quality CdS. Advanced Materials, 21 (41), 4115-4119. (doi:10.1002/adma.200803751).

Bain, S., Smith, D.C., Wilson, N.R. and Carrasco-Orozco, M. (2009) Kelvin force gradient microscopy of pBTTT transistors in both the linear and saturation electrical regimes. Applied Physics Letters, 95 (14), 143304. (doi:10.1063/1.3242001).

Uchino, Takashi, Ayre, G.N., Smith, D.C., Hutchison, J.L., de Groot, C.H. and Ashburn, Peter (2009) Growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes using germanium nanocrystals formed by implantation. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 156 (8), K144-K148. (doi:10.1149/1.3147248).

Hassan, Shereen, Hector, Andrew L., Hyde, Jason R., Kalaji, Ali and Smith, David C. (2008) A non-oxide sol–gel route to synthesise silicon imidonitride monolithic gels and high surface area aerogels. Chemical Communications, 42, 5304-5306. (doi:10.1039/b810317h).

Afzaal, Mohammad, Aksomaityte, Gabriele, O'Brien, Paul, Cheng, Fei, George, Michael, Hector, Andrew, Howdle, Steven, Hyde, Jason R., Levason, William, Malik, Mohamed, Mallik, Kanad, Nguyen, Chinh, Reid, Gillian, Sazio, Pier, Smith, David, Webster, Michael, Wilson, James, Yang, Jixin and Zhang, Wenjian (2009) Supercritical chemical fluid deposition of high quality compound semiconductors. ECS Transactions, 25 (8), 1193-1197. (doi:10.1149/1.3207724).

Li, Xiaohong, Nandhakumar, Iris S., Attard, George S., Markham, Matthew L., Smith, David C. and Baumberg, Jeremy J. (2009) Nanotemplated lead telluride thin films. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 118 (1-3), 403-407. (doi:10.1016/j.micromeso.2008.09.019).

Yang, Jixin, Hasell, Tom, Smith, David C. and Howdle, Steven M. (2009) Deposition in supercritical fluids: from silver to semiconductors. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 19 (45), 8560. (doi:10.1039/b911224c).

Aksomaityte, Gabriele, Cheng, Fei, Hector, Andrew L., Hyde, Jason R., Levason, William, Reid, Gillian, Smith, David C., Wilson, James W. and Zhang, Wenjian (2010) Supercritical chemical fluid deposition of InP and InAs. Chemistry of Materials, 22 (14), 4246-4253. (doi:10.1021/cm1008812).

Cook, David, Bartlett, Philip N., Zhang, Wenjian, Levason, William, Reid, Gillian, Ke, Jie, Su, Wenta, George, Michael W., Wilson, James, Smith, David, Mallik, Kanad, Barrett, Edward and Sazio, Pier (2010) The electrodeposition of copper from supercritical CO2/acetonitrile mixtures and from supercritical trifluoromethane. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 12 (37), 11744-11752. (doi:10.1039/c004227g).

Daly, Keith R., Abbott, Stephen, D’Alessandro, Giampaolo, Smith, David C. and Kaczmarek, Malgosia (2011) Theory of hybrid photorefractive plasmonic liquid crystal cells. Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 28 (8), 1874-1881. (doi:10.1364/JOSAB.28.001874).

Ayre, G.N., Uchino, T., Mazumder, B., Hector, A.L., Hutchison, J.L., Smith, D.C., Ashburn, P. and de Groot, C.H. (2011) On the mechanism of carbon nanotube formation: the role of the catalyst. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 23 (39), 394201. (doi:10.1088/0953-8984/23/39/394201). (PMID:21921315)

Lada, Maria, Starink, Marco J., Carrasco, Miguel, Chen, Lichun, Miskiewicz, Pawel, Brookes, Paul, Obarowska, Margaret and Smith, David C. (2011) Morphology control via dual solvent crystallization for high-mobility functionalized pentacene-blend thin film transistors. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21 (30), 11232-11238. (doi:10.1039/C1JM11119A).

Cheng, Fei, George, Kathryn, Hector, Andrew L., Jura, Marek, Kroner, Anna, Levason, William, Nesbitt, John, Reid, Gillian, Smith, David and Wilson, James W. (2011) Chemical vapor deposition of GaP and GaAs thin films from [nBu2Ga(?-EtBu2)2GanBu2] (E= P or As) and Ga(PtBu2)3. Chemistry of Materials, 23 (23), 5217-5222. (doi:10.1021/cm202158a).

Uchino, T., Ayre, G.N., Smith, D.C., Hutchison, J.L., de Groot, C.H. and Ashburn, P. (2009) Fe/Ge catalyzed carbon nanotube growth on HfO2 for nano-sensor applications. Tsoukalas, Dimitris (ed.) In Proceedings of the 39th European Solid-State Device Research Conference. IEEE. pp. 197-200 .

Uchino, Takashi, Hutchison, J. L., Ayre, G., Smith, D.C., de Groot, C.H. and Ashburn, Peter (2011) Metal-catalyst-free growth of silica nanowires and carbon nanotubes using Ge nanostructures. Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 50 (4).

Ke, Jie, Bartlett, P.N., Cook, David, Easun, Timothy L., George, Michael W., Levason, William, Reid, Gillian, Smith, David, Su, Wenta and Zhang, Wenjian (2012) Electrodeposition of germanium from supercritical fluids. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 14 (4), 1517-1528. (doi:10.1039/C1CP22555C).

Abbott, Stephen B., Daly, Keith R., D'Alessandro, Giampaolo and Smith, David C. (2012) Photorefractive control of surface plasmon polaritons in a hybrid liquid crystal cell. Optics Letters, 37 (13), 2436-2438. (doi:10.1364/OL.37.002436).

Abbott, Stephen, Daly, Keith R., D'Alessandro, Giampaolo, Kaczmarek, Malgosia and Smith, David C. (2012) A hybrid liquid crystal photorefractive system for the photorefractive coupling of surface plasmon polaritons. Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 29 (8), 1947-1958. (doi:10.1364/JOSAB.29.001947).

Daly, K.R., Abbott, S.B., Smith, D.C. and D'Alessandro, G.D. (2013) Optimization of plasmon–plasmon coupling in photorefractive layered media. Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 30 (8), 2090-2099. (doi:10.1364/JOSAB.30.002090).

Nesbitt, John M. and Smith, David C. (2013) Measurements of the population lifetime of D band and G? band phonons in single-walled carbon nanotubes. Nano Letters, 13 (2), 416-422. (doi:10.1021/nl303569n).

Uchino, T., Shimpo, F., Kawashima, T., Ayre, G.N., Smith, D.C., de Groot, C.H. and Ashburn, P. (2014) Electrical transport properties of isolated carbon nanotube/Si heterojunction Schottky diodes. Applied Physics Letters, 103 (19), 1-3. (doi:10.1063/1.4829155).

Bartlett, P., Cook, D.A., George, M.W., Hector, A., Ke, J., Levason, W., Reid, G., Smith, D. and Zhang, W. (2014) Electrodeposition from supercritical fluids. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16 (20), 9202-9219. (doi:10.1039/c3cp54955k).

Robertson, Calum, Beanland, Richard, Boden, Stuart A., Hector, Andrew Lee, Kashtiban, Reza J., Sloan, Jeremy, Smith, David C. and Walcarius, Alain (2015) Ordered mesoporous silica films with pores oriented perpendicular to a titanium nitride substrate. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17 (6), 4763-4770. (doi:10.1039/c4cp05730a).

Cummings, Charlie, Bartlett, Philip N., Pugh, David, Reid, Gillian, Levason, William, Hasan, Mahboba M., Hector, Andrew L., Spencer, Joe and Smith, David C. (2015) Supercritical fluid electrodeposition of elemental germanium onto titanium nitride substrates. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 162 (14), D619-D624. (doi:10.1149/2.0771514jes).

Bartlett, Philip N., Burt, Jennifer, Cook, David A., Cummings, Charles Y., George, Michael W., Hector, Andrew, Hasan, Mahboba, Ke, Jie, Levason, William, Pugh, David, Reid, Gillian, Richardson, Peter W., Smith, David C., Spencer, Joe, Suleiman, Norhidayah and Zhang, Wenjian (2016) A versatile precursor system for supercritical fluid electrodeposition of main-group materials. Chemistry - A European Journal, 22 (1), 302-309. (doi:10.1002/chem.201503301).

Smith, David C., Spencer, Joseph H., Sloan, Jeremy, McDonnell, Liam P., Trewhitt, Harrison, Kashtiban, Reza J. and Faulques, Eric (2016) Resonance Raman Spectroscopy of extreme nanowires and other 1D systems. Journal of Visualized Experiments, (110), 1-14. (doi:10.3791/53434).

Spencer, Joseph, Nesbitt, John and Smith, David et al. (2014) Raman spectroscopy of optical transitions and vibrational energies of ~1 nm HgTe extreme nanowires within single walled carbon nanotubes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 8 (9), 9044-9052. (doi:10.1021/nn5023632).

Spencer, Joseph, Smith, David, McDonnell, Liam, Sloan, J. and Kashtiban, R.J. (2016) Coherence lifetime broadening of an optical transition in a 2 atom diameter HgTe nanowire: a temperature dependent resonance Raman study. RSC Advances, 6 (98), 95387-95395. (doi:10.1039/C6RA22065G).

Robertson, Calum, Lodge, Andrew W., Basa, Peter, Carravetta, Marina, Hector, Andrew L., Kashtiban, Reza Jalili, Sloan, Jeremy, Smith, David C., Spencer, Joseph and Walcarius, Alain (2016) Surface modification and porosimetry of vertically aligned hexagonal mesoporous silica films. RSC Advances, 6, 113432-113441. (doi:10.1039/C6RA23059H).

Robertson, Calum, Lodge, Andrew, Basa, Peter, Carravetta, Marina, Hector, Andrew, Kashtiban, Reza J., Sloan, Jeremy, Smith, David, Spencer, Joseph and Walcarius, Alain (2016) Dataset for Surface Modification and Porosimetry of Vertically Aligned Hexagonal Mesoporous Silica Films. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/402889 [Dataset]

Branch, Jack, Alibouri, Mehrdad, Cook, David A., Richardson, Peter, Bartlett, Philip N., Matefi-Tempfli, Maria, Matefi-Tempfli, Stefan, Bampton, Mark, Cookson, Tamsin, Connell, Phil and Smith, David (2017) Plastic reactor suitable for high pressure and supercritical fluid electrochemistry. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 164 (6), H375-H381. (doi:10.1149/2.1051706jes).

Bartlett, Philip N., Cook, David, Hasan, Mahboba, Mohammed, Hector, Andrew L., Marks, Samuel, Naik, Jay P., Reid, Gillian, Sloan, Jeremy, Smith, David C., Spencer, Joe and Webber, Zondy (2017) Supercritical fluid electrodeposition, structural and electrical characterisation of tellurium nanowires. RSC Advances, 7 (65), 40720-40726. (doi:10.1039/c7ra07092f).

McDonnell, Liam, Smith, David, Huang, Chung-Che, Cui, Qingsong and Hewak, Daniel (2018) Data for Probing Excitons, Trions and Dark Excitons in Monolayer WS2 using Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D0371 [Dataset]

McDonnell, Liam, Smith, David C., Huang, Chung-Che, Hewak, Daniel and Cui, Qingsong (2018) Probing excitons, trions and dark excitons in monolayer WS2 using resonance Raman spectroscopy. Nano Letters, 18 (2), 1428–1434. (doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b05184).

Bartlett, Philip N., Beanland, Richard, Burt, Jennifer, Hasan, Mahboba, Mohammed, Hector, Andrew L., Kashtiban, Reza J., Levason, William, Lodge, Andrew, Marks, Samuel, Naik, Jay P, Rind, M. Akhtar, Reid, Gillian, Richardson, Peter W, Sloan, Jeremy and Smith, David (2018) Data for Exploration of the smallest diameter tin nanowires achievable with electrodeposition; sub 7 nm Sn nanowires produced by electrodeposition from a supercritical fluid. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D0396 [Dataset]

Bartlett, Philip N., Beanland, Richard, Burt, Jennifer, Hasan, Mahboba, Mohammed, Hector, Andrew L., Kashtiban, Reza J., Levason, William, Lodge, Andrew, Marks, Samuel, Naik, Jay P, Rind, M. Akhtar, Reid, Gillian, Richardson, Peter W, Sloan, Jeremy and Smith, David (2018) Exploration of the smallest diameter tin nanowires achievable with electrodeposition: sub 7 nm Sn nanowires produced by electrodeposition from a supercritical fluid. Nano Letters. (doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04330).

McDonnell, Liam, Smith, David, Huang, Chung-Che and Cui, Qingsong (2017) Observation of excitons and trions in monolayer WS2 using resonance Raman spectroscopy. MRS Fall Meeting 2017, Boston, United States. 26 Nov - 01 Dec 2017.

Hector, Andrew L., Lodge, Andrew, Hasan, Mahboba, Bartlett, Philip N., Beanland, Richard, Kashtiban, Reza Jalili, Levason, William, Reid, Gillian, Sloan, Jeremy, Smith, David and Zhang, Wenjian (2018) Electrodeposition of tin nanowires from a dichloromethane based electrolyte. RSC Advances, 8 (42), 24013-24020. (doi:10.1039/C8RA03183E).

Huang, Ruomeng (2019) Dataset for Towards a 3D GST phase change memory with integrated selector by non-aqueous electrodeposition. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D0601 [Dataset]

Huang, Ruomeng, Kissling, Gabriela, Kashtiban, Reza J., Noori, Yasir, Cicvaric, Katarina, Zhang, Wenjian, Hector, Andrew L., Smith, David, Reid, Gillian, Bartlett, Philip N. and De Groot, Cornelis (2018) Towards a 3D GeSbTe phase change memory with integrated selector by non-aqueous electrodeposition. Faraday Discussions, 1-17. (doi:10.1039/C8FD00126J).

Bartlett, Philip N., Smith, David and Alibouri, Mehrdad (2018) Chapter 9: Electrochemistry in supercritical fluids. In, Hunt, Andrew J and Attard, Thomas M (eds.) Catalyst-free Organic Synthesis. (RSC Green Chemistry, , (doi:10.1039/9781788013543-00262), 57, 2018-January) 57 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 262-303. (doi:10.1039/9781788013543-00262).

Kissling, Gabriela, Aziz, Mohsin, Lodge, Andrew, Zhang, Wenjian, Alibouri, Mehrdad, Huang, Ruomeng, Hector, Andrew L., Reid, Gillian, De Groot, Cornelis, Beanland, Richard, Bartlett, Philip N. and Smith, David (2018) Electrodeposition of crystalline HgTe from a non-aqueous plating bath. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 165 (16), D802-D807. (doi:10.1149/2.0421816jes).

Corsi, Josephine, Kissling, Gabriela, Aziz, Mohsin, Lodge, Andrew, Zhang, Wenjian, Alibouri, Mehrdad, Huang, Ruomeng, Hector, Andrew L., Reid, Gillian, De Groot, Cornelis, Beanland, Richard, Bartlett, Philip N. and Smith, David (2018) Dataset for Electrodeposition of crystalline HgTe from a non-aqueous plating bath. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D0711 [Dataset]

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