The University of Southampton

Dr Marcus Newton PhD, MInstP, FHEA

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Dr Marcus Newton is an Associate Professor of Physics and a UKRI Future Leader Fellow. His research interests include:

  • The development and use of lens-less imaging techniques such as Bragg coherent X-ray diffraction imaging (BCXDI) to study nanoscale quantum materials at X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) facilities such as Euro-XFEL and x-ray synchrotron facilities such as the Diamond Light Source.
  • Ab-initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of emergent phenomena in multi-functional quantum materials using high-performance computing facilities.
  • Materials development for the capture of light and ambient vibrational energy such as photovoltaic devices and piezoelectric mechanical recouperation devices that can potentially enable low-cost and innovative renewable sources of energy.

Marcus has also worked closely with industry and has patents related to energy materials and devices. 


Research interests

Research Interests

  • Coherent x-ray diffraction imaging of nanoscale quantum materials.
  • Ultra-fast processes in quantum materials.
  • Advanced materials for energy harvesting.
  • Phase retrieval. Non-linear, non-convex numerical optimisation and inverse problems.

Research Group

Coherent X-ray Science Group


  • Module Title: Crystalline Solids
    • Module Code: PHYS3004
    • Role: Course leader
  • Module Title: Computer Techniques in Physics
    • Module Code: PHYS6017
    • Role: Course leader


Newton, Marcus C., Leake, Steven J., Harder, Ross and Robinson, Ian K. (2010) Letter. Three-dimensional imaging of strain in a single ZnO nanorod. Nature Materials, 9 (2), 120-124. (doi:10.1038/nmat2607). (PMID:20023632)

Newton, Marcus C., Harder, Ross, Huang, Xiaojing, Xiong, Gang and Robinson, Ian K. (2010) Phase retrieval of diffraction from highly strained crystals. Physical Review B, 82 (16), 165436. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.82.165436).

Li, F.M., Hsieh, G.-W., Dalal, Sharvari, Newton, M.C., Stott, J.E., Hiralal, P., Nathan, A., Warburton, P.A., Unalan, H.E., Beecher, P., Flewitt, A.J., Robinson, I., Amaratunga, G. and Milne, W.I. (2008) Zinc oxide nanostructures and high electron mobility nanocomposite thin film transistors. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 55 (11), 3001-3011. (doi:10.1109/TED.2008.2005180).

Newton, Marcus C., Sao, Mayu, Fujisawa, Yuta, Onitsuka, Rena, Kawaguchi, Tomoya, Tokuda, Kazuya, Sato, Takahiro, Togashi, Tadashi, Yabashi, Makina, Ishikawa, Tetsuya, Ichitsubo, Tetsu, Matsubara, Eiichiro, Tanaka, Yoshihito and Nishino, Yoshinori (2014) Letter. Time-resolved coherent diffraction of ultrafast structural dynamics in a single nanowire. Nano Letters, 14 (5), 2413-2418. (doi:10.1021/nl500072d).

Newton, Marcus, Parsons, Aaron, Wagner, Ulrich and Rau, Christopher (2016) Coherent X-ray diffraction imaging of photo-induced structural changes in BiFeO3 nanocrystals. New Journal of Physics, 18 (93003), 1-7. (doi:10.1088/1367-2630/18/9/093003).

Newton, Marcus, Pietraszewski, Adam, Kenny, Anthony, Wagner, Ulrich and Rau, Christoph (2017) Deformation of a bismuth ferrite nanocrystal imaged by coherent X-ray diffraction. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 849, [012029]. (doi:10.1088/1742-6596/849/1/012029).

Plašienka, Dušan, Martoňák, Roman and Newton, Marcus (2017) Ab initio molecular dynamics study of the structural and electronic transition in VO2. Physical Review B, 96 (5), [054111]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.96.054111).

Newton, Marcus C., Shi, Xiaowen, Wagner, Ulrich and Rau, Christoph (2019) Coherent diffraction imaging of a progressively deformed nanocrystal. Physical Review Materials, 3 (4). (doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.3.043803).

Newton, Marcus (2020) Concurrent phase retrieval for imaging strain in nanocrystals. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. (In Press)

Newton, Marcus, Firth, Steven, Matsuura, Takashi and Warburton, P.A. (2006) Synthesis and characterisation of zinc oxide tetrapod nanocrystals. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 26, 251 - 255. (doi:10.1088/1742-6596/26/1/060).

Newton, Marcus and Warburton, P.A. (2007) ZnO tetrapod nanocrystals. Materials Today, 10 (5), 50-54. (doi:10.1016/S1369-7021(07)70079-2).

Newton, Marcus, Firth, Steven, matsuura, Takashi and Warburton, P.A. (2006) ZnO tetrapod Schottky photodiodes. Applied Physics Letters, 89 (7), 072104. (doi:10.1063/1.2335949).

Burnett, Andrew, Borghesi, Marco, Comley, Andrew, Dean, Mark, Diaz-Moreno, Sofia, Dye, David, Greenwood, Jason, Higginbotham, Andrew, Kirrander, Adam, Marangos, Jon P., McMahon, Malcolm, Minns, Russell, Newton, Marcus, Orville, Allen M., Penfold, Thomas J., Regoutz, Anna, Robinson, Ian K., Rugg, David, Schroeder, Sven L.M., van Thor, Jasper J., Vinko, Sam, Wall, Simon, Wark, Justin, Weinstein, Julia, Zair, Amelle and Zhang, Xiaodong (2020) UK-XFEL Science Case

Newton, Marcus, Firth, Steven and Warburton, P.A. (2008) Photoresponse of ZnO tetrapod nanocrystal Schottky diodes. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 7 (1), 20 - 23. (doi:10.1109/TNANO.2007.915207).

Newton, Marcus, Nishino, Yoshinori and Robinson, Ian K. (2012) Bonsu: the interactive phase retrieval suite. Journal of Applied Crystallography, 45, 840-843. (doi:10.1107/S0021889812026751).

Newton, Marcus (2012) Compressed sensing for phase retrieval. Physical Review E, 85 (5), 056706-1 - 056706-5. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.85.056706).

Xiong, Gang, Leake, Steven J., Newton, Marcus, Huang, X., Harder, Ross and Robinson, Ian K. (2011) Coherent X-ray diffraction imaging for strain analysis on single ZnO nanorod. In AIP Conference Proceedings. vol. 1399, AIP Publishing. p. 1069 . (doi:10.1063/1.3666747).

Xiong, Gang, Huang, X., Leake, Steven J., Newton, Marcus, Harder, Ross and Robinson, Ian K. (2011) Coherent x-ray diffraction imaging of ZnO nanostructures under confined illumination. New Journal of Physics, 13, 033006-1 - 033006-11. (doi:10.1088/1367-2630/13/3/033006).

Newton, Marcus and shaikhaidarov, Rais (2009) ZnO tetrapod p-n junction diodes. Applied Physics Letters, 94 (15), 153112. (doi:10.1063/1.3119630).

Dieb, Thaer M., Yoshioka, Masaharu, Hara, Shinjiro and Newton, Marcus (2015) Framework for automatic information extraction from research papers on nanocrystal devices. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 6, 1872–1882. (doi:10.3762/bjnano.6.190).

Leake, Steven J., Newton, Marcus, Harder, Ross and Robinson, Ian K. (2009) Longitudinal coherence function in X-ray imaging of crystals. Optics Express, 17 (18), 15853-15859. (doi:10.1364/OE.17.015853).

Mohamed, Ahmed, Hussein Mokhtar Hussein, Serban, David, Alexandru and Newton, Marcus (2022) Simulation of Bragg coherent diffraction imaging. Journal of Physics Communications, 6 (5), [055003]. (doi:10.1088/2399-6528/ac6ab0).


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