Team members

Artem Mishchenko is a professor of condensed matter physics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Manchester. He got PhD in Molecular Electronics in 2010 at the Faculty of Science, Bern University, Switzerland. He is a leading expert in the physics of van der Waals materials. His research is centred on quantum phenomena in a large variety of systems: from single molecules transport to the structure of water in confined geometries and quantum transport in van der Waals materials. 

Dr Qian Yang is currently Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Manchester, UK. She got PhD in Material Science and Engineering in 2018. Her research focused on the mass transport in 2D nanocapillaries enabled by van der Waals technology, molecular properties under spatial confinement, nanofluidics and other electrokinetic phenomena.

Dr Ivan Timokhin (postdoc)

I got my PhD degree in Chemistry in 2012. My expertise includes crystal growth and instrument development. I have skills in chemical synthesis, handling high pressure and low temperature setups, and some engineering skills.


I got my PhD degree in Plasmonics in 20​19. My main expertise is the optical properties of noble metal nanostructures and nano-optics in 2D materials. During my career I have developed a diversity of skill that includes experience with pulsed lasers and optics, optical spectroscopy, scanning near-field optical microscopy, nano-FTIR spectroscopy, and FDTD simulations. I am currently working on the characterization of 2D materials using scanning near-field optical microscopy and nano-FTIR spectroscopy in inert atmosphere.

Dr Pablo Diaz Nunez (postdoc)

Ziwei Wang (postdoc)

I am a last year PhD student (started in September 2018) and will get my PhD degree in 2023. I have expertise in nanofabrication, 2D material optics, graphene transport phenomena (room temperature), confined water system, etc. My skills include Raman and IR spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, room temperature electron transport measurement, photo- and electron beam-lithography, etc. My main projects are: Spectroscopic investigation on 2D water sheets confined in layered mineral, graphene-water interface, Ion migration and memristor behaviour in 2D systems.


I got my PhD degree in Nano Science in 20​20. My expertise are in Condensed matter Physics, Graphene, 2D material heterostructures, Superconductivity, Quantum charge transport, and porous materials. My skills are in nano-device fabrication, low-temperature measurement, gas transport. I am currently working on gas transport through nanocapillary channels. 


Dr Yashar Mayamei (postdoc)

Dr Nicholas Kay  (postdoc)

In 2017 I obtained my PhD from the Graphene NOWNANO CDT, a joint program between Lancaster University and the University of Manchester. My thesis focused on new scanning probe microscopy techniques applied to 2D materials. Since then, I've spent time in industry, within the realm of photonics. Here, my work covered several areas, including conventional lens design, novel interferometry techniques, and building practical devices that make use of the quantum nature of light. I'm currently working on sSNOM and how this approach can be used and adapted to understand the behaviour of 2D materials and their devices/heterostructures.


I am a last-year Graphene NOWNANO CDT PhD student (started in Sep 2019). My expertise includes Micro-/nano- fabrication, Characterization, Molecule dynamics simulation (LAMMPS); Finite element method (Abaqus); Programming (Python, C++, MATLAB, Fortran, LabVIEW). I’m currently working on ‘Capillary Condensation in Artificial Atomic-scale Capillaries’ and novel fabrication method for nanofabrication.


Mingwei Chen

(Co-supervising with Prof A Geim)

Guilin Chen

(Co-supervising with Prof A Geim)

I am a third year PhD student (started in September 2020),  expertise in  two-dimensional (2D)  material heterostructures fabrication. My research focuses on investigating the underlying mechanisms behind the phenomenon of flow-induced voltage in 2D materials. 


I am a first-year PhD student (Started in September 2022). I got my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. I try to learn theories, model in simulations, and do experiments. Currently, I’m working on the low-temperature Quantum transport measurement in 2D materials. I’m interested in machine learning, van der Waals materials (graphene and graphite-based), the Quantum Hall effect (Fractional QHE), Neuromorphic computing, and nanoelectronics.  


Amit Singh (PhD)

Bilal Ahmad Ganie (PhD)

First year PhD student (started in January 2023).


I am a first year PhD student (started in January 2023). My expertise is studying physical chemistry phenomena by using chemical and electrochemical methods, including ion transport, separation technology, and energy harvest. My research is focused on the electrokinetic phenomena at the water-graphene interface.


Zhijia Zhang (PhD)

Chuhongxu Chen

(Co-supervising with Prof A Geim)

I joined the group in April 2023 and currently working as a first-year PhD student. My project focuses on discovering the possible interaction(s) between a flowing liquid and graphene.


I am a first year PhD student, started in January 2023. Expertise in synthesis and characterization of 2D materials and devices fabrication. I work with the fabrication of van der Waals assembly of two-dimensional materials, to explore the nanoconfinement effects.


Matheus Suenson Cardoso


Jing Yu (visiting PhD)

I am a third year PhD student, started in 1st September 2020. I have expertise in materials and physics. My project is atomic force microscopy based LAO.


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2-3 postdoc positions available


Mengjie Feng (PhD student 2019-2023)

Ciaran Mullan (PhD student 2019-2022)

Tamaghna Chowdhury (visiting PhD, 2022-2023)

Flavia-Alexandra Cimpean and Stephen Tipper (MPhys student Sept-Dec, 2022)

Katarzyna Kuras (Summer student)

Kate Mawdsley and Egle Rackaityte (MPhys student Mar-Jun, 2022)

Anupam Bhattacharya (visiting PhD student from 2021 to 2022)

John Baird (MPhys student 2021)

Adam Coxson (MPhys student 2020)

Wenyu Liu (visiting PhD student 2019-2020)

Dr Servet Ozdemir (PhD student 2017-2020) -  postdoc in Edinburgh

Dr Yaping Yang (PhD student 2017-2021)

Dr Jun Yin (postdoc 2016-2019) - professor in Nanjing

Dr Seok-Kyun Son (postdoc 2016-2019) - professor in Mokpo

Nikolai Semenov  (visiting Master student , 2019)

Yunzhe Du (visiting PhD student from 2017 to 2018)

Jidong Li (visiting PhD student from 2017 to 2018) 

Dale Chancellor (MPhys student 2017/18)

Michael Brown (MPhys student 2017/18)

Dr Matthew Holwill (PhD student from 2014 to 2018) - postdoc in Manchester University

Dr Mengjian Zhu (PhD student from 2013 to 2017) - professor in NUDT, China

Makars Siskins (MPhys student 2016/17) - PhD in Delft, Netherlands