Adam currently works in the Electronic and Magnetic Materials Group in the Department of Engineering, Materials and Electrical Science at the National Physical Laboratory, based in Teddington, London, UK. His current projects include:
After graduating with an MEng degree in Electronic Engineering from the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton, Adam obtained his Ph.D from the Electronics and Electrical Engineering (EEE) Research group. The work was part of a collaborative project between the EEE and the National Centre for Advanced Tribology Southampton (nCATS) group. The focus of his research was on the development of microfludic devices for portable and in-situ analysis. The application of interest being corrosion monitoring, particularly crevice corrosion, with an interest in structural health monitoring. During the course of the research novel methods for enhancing electrophoretic separations in planar devices were investigated. Using both analytical and finite element methods (FEM) the separation enhancement techniques were investigated. Further to this, he fabricated a number of devices using a range of micro-fabrication techniques in the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre Cleanroom. This included: lithography, etching, lift-off processes, metal evaporation and sputtering, working with PDMS, as well as device characterisation.
Adam was based in the electromechanical research group, University of Southampton, working on the development of a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) switch to investigate the performance of CNT-composite materials for use in electrical contacts. The lifetime of metal-contacting MEMS switches are limited due to degradation of the contact surfaces. This degradation is a consequence of both electrical and mechanical interactions during the opening and closing switching events.
Left: Gold-coated silicon cantilever beam. Right: Gold-coated multi-walled carbon nanotubes.
Above: Labelled photograph of microfluidic device developed to test separation enhancement techniques. The microfluidic device was fabricated in PDMS which was sealed to a patterned glass wafer. For more information on the project visit the project website: http://mdfshm.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ or click here to access my thesis.