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Dr Matthew Burton

Research Officer, Materials Science and Engineering
Open Plan Office - A224
Second Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus


I joined SPECIFIC as a technology transfer fellow in 2017 to lead the research in thermoelectrics. My research centres around materials development and some of my latest work can be seen in Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials and the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Highlights of my thermoelectric research include the record efficiency factor (ZT) for a printed thermoelectric material, developing tin selenide (SnSe) thermoelectric generators and developing efficient Earth Abundant and non-toxic printed thermoelectric materials. I regularly present my work at international conferences and I was an invited speaker and session chair at the 2019 International Conference on Thermoelectrics.

One of my other research interests is microscopy. I am fully trained on FEG-SEM and high resolution TEM/STEM and I am always open to collaborations. A recent publication of mine in this area can be seen in ACS Nano.

Prior to joining SPECIFIC I completed my PhD on "Soft-Templating of Nanostructured Materials for Thermoelectric Power Harvesting and Catalysis" at the University of Southampton. My PhD work can be seen across 9 publications in 6 different journals. I was awarded a MChem from the University of Southampton in 2013, with my master's research conducted at Merck on thermotropic liquid crystals.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Thermoelectrics
  • Microscopy
  • Electrodeposition
  • Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Lecturer of CH006 - Fundamental Mathematics for Chemist

Lecture in EGSM12 – Postgraduate Module on Analytical and Instrumental Techniques

Research Award Highlights Collaborations