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Prof David Bowler
London Centre for Nanotechnology
17-19 Gordon St
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  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I studied Natural Science at Clare College, Cambridge, reading Physics & Theoretical Physics in my final year.  After a year's voluntary work, I spent two years working as a device physicist in a small industrial company specialising in modelling field effect transistors in GaAs.  I then moved to the Department of Materials in Oxford University for my D. Phil.

After a year at Keele University, I moved to UCL in the summer of 1998 as a PDRA. I am now a Professor of Physics, working on electronic structure modelling of semiconductors and ferroelectrics.  I am one of the lead developers of the large scale density functional theory (DFT) code, Conquest.

Research Summary
My research is split into two themes: development of novel computational approaches to electronic structure; and modelling of semiconductor systems using these techniques.  In recent years I have also become interested in apply electronic structure techniques to ferroelectric systems.

My main technique is a linear scaling electronic structure technique (CONQUEST) which is capable of calculations with ab initio accuracy on systems containing millions of atoms.  This code has been developed in close collaboration with the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan, in particular with Dr. Tsuyoshi Miyazaki.

I have modelled the growth of silicon, diffusion of hydrogen on silicon, and more recently the structure of bismuth nanowires on silicon.  All these calculations have been carried out in close collaboration with experimental groups in the UK, Geneva and Japan.

Academic Background
2006   Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 University College London
1997   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1995   Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1991   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Cambridge
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