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Mr SEÁN KAVANAGH profile picture
  • Student
  • Dept of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
I’m a PhD student in the research groups of both Professor David Scanlon at University College London and Professor Aron Walsh at Imperial College London.

Please check out my personal website at seankavanagh.com for more info! 

Research Themes
Research Summary
My research uses computational methods such as Density Functional Theory (DFT) to simulate and predict the properties of materials. In particular, my PhD project is focused on the behaviour of defects in solar photovoltaic materials, and how they affect performance through non-radiative electron-hole recombination.
Teaching Summary
  • I was awarded a UCL MAPS (Mathematical & Physical Sciences) Faculty Education Award, and have been nominated for the UCL-wide Provost’s Education Awards, for Individual Excellence in Academic Supervision & Tutoring. It’s been an absolute pleasure to see the development of the many undergraduate, MSs and PhD students I’ve worked with over their projects!
  • I am a Moodle Tutor for the UCL Resources for New Chemistry Researchers (Computational Chemistry) module, having helped develop the online resources for this course.
  • I am a Tutor and Graduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) for the ‘Python for Chemical Modelling’ module at University College London (UCL).

Project Supervision

As well as of course working with colleagues in both my research groups on several projects and lending my knowledge and expertise where possible, I am directly supervising a PhD student, and am co-supervising 5 other PhD research projects for novice students. I have supervised many Masters’ (MSci and MSc) and summer student research projects, a large proportion of which have led to significant research outputs suitable for publication, as well as prizes and awards in recognition of research excellence.

For example:

  • Mosquera-Lois, I.; Kavanagh, S. R. In Search of Hidden Defects. Matter 2021, 4 (8), 2602–2605. 
  • MSci Student Helen Spong was awarded the Neil Sharp Prize for best performance in Theoretical/Computational Chemistry with this research project – a fantastic achievement given the large number of world-class computational research groups in the UCL Chemistry Department.
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