Professor of Physics, Faculty of Science
Philip Moriarty is a Professor of Physics and an Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham. His research interests span a number of topical themes in nanometre scale science with a particular current focus on single atom/molecule manipulation. He has coordinated a number of multi-partner European networks (including, most recently, ACRITAS), and is currently Chair of the Institute of Physics Nanoscale Physics and Technology Group committee, a member of the Science Board of the Institute of Physics, and was a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for Physics from 2005 - 2006.
Moriarty has a keen interest in outreach activities and both science and higher education funding policy. In addition to participating in a number of research council-funded public engagement projects (including Giants of the Infinitesimal), and his membership of the Steering Committee of the Council for the Defence of British Universities, he has interacted with national and international media (including The Independent, The Guardian, Times Higher Education, BBC Radio 4, Die Zeit, and The Economist) on these issues. He is also a regular contributor to Nottingham's Sixty Symbols YouTube project which has, as of December 2012, attracted a little over 15 million views (across 200 videos).
Although he does not share his infamous namesake's fascination with the binomial theorem, in his spare time Moriarty enjoys exploring the relationships between mathematics/physics and music
- 2005 - present Professor of Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham [EPSRC Leadership Fellow from 2008 - 2014]
- 2003 - 2005 Reader, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham
- 1997 - 2003 Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Nottingham
- 1994 - 1997 Postdoctoral researcher, Dept. of Physics, University of Nottingham [Research supervisor: Prof. PH Beton]
- 1990 - 1994 PhD, School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University [Supervisor: Prof. Greg Hughes]
- Single atom/molecule imaging, manipulation, and spectroscopy using scanning probes. [ An Atomic Switch (Sixty Symbols video); Flipping The World's Smallest Light Switch (ScienceNow). Example publication: Toggling Bistable Atoms via Mechanical Switching of Bond Angle, A. Sweetman et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 136101 (2011).]
- Self-organisation and pattern formation in nanostructured systems. [See Foam Physics. Example publication: Coerced Mechanical Coarsening of Nanoparticle Assemblies, MO Blunt et al, Nature Nanotechnology 2 167 (2007)]
- Molecular self-assembly and intermolecular interactions. [Example publication: Precise Orientation of a Single C60 Molecule on the Tip of a Scanning Probe Microscope, C. Chiutu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 268302 (2012)]
- Synchrotron-based spectroscopy of hybrid organic-inorganic systems. [Example publication: Does an Encapsulated Atom 'Feel' the Effects of Adsorption?: X-ray Standing Wave Spectroscopy of Ce@C82 on Ag(111), RAJ Woolley et al., Nano Lett. 4 361 (2004)]
F31FIP Frontiers of Physics. 1st year module. Lecture and tutorial videos uploaded at my YouTube channel.
F31ST1 Thermal and Kinetic Physics
F32SMS Applications of Fourier Analysis
F33AS5 Atoms and Molecules at Surfaces
F32EX2 2nd year Undergraduate Laboratory. [2nd year lab. organiser from 1997 - 2004. See Graphical Computing In The Undergraduate Laboratory, P. Moriarty et al., Am. J. Phys. 71 1062 (2003)]
F31YL1 Year 1 Error Analysis lectures
F34NIN Introduction to Nanotechnology
F34CHA Physical Characterisation of Nanostructures
My current research primarily involves imaging, spectroscopy, and manipulation down to the single chemical bond level using dynamic force microscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions and at cryogenic… read more
CHIUTU, C., SWEETMAN, A.M., LAKIN, A.J., STANNARD, A., JARVIS, S., KANTOROVICH, L., DUNN, J.L. and MORIARTY, P., 2012. Precise orientation of a single C60 molecule on the tip of a scanning probe microscope Physical Review Letters. 108(26), 268302 SWEETMAN, A., JARVIS, S., DANZA, R., BAMIDELE, J., GANGOPADHYAY, S., SHAW, G.A., KANTOROVICH, L. and MORIARTY, P., 2011. Toggling bistable atoms via mechanical switching of bond angle Physical Review Letters. 106(13), 136101 BLUNT, M.O., MARTIN, C.P., AHOLA-TUOMI, M., PAULIAC-VAUJOUR, E., SHARP, P., NATIVO, P., BRUST, M. and MORIARTY, P.J., 2007. Coerced mechanical coarsening of nanoparticle assemblies Nature Nanotechnology. 2(3), 167-170
MARTIN, C.P., BLUNT, M.O., PAULIAC-VAUJOUR, E., STANNARD, A., MORIARTY, P., VANCEA, I and THIELE, U., 2007. Controlling pattern formation in nanoparticle assemblies via directed solvent dewetting Physical Review Letters. 99(11), 116103
My current research primarily involves imaging, spectroscopy, and manipulation down to the single chemical bond level using dynamic force microscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions and at cryogenic temperatures (77 K / 5 K). We largely focus on clean and adorbate-covered silicon surfaces, but have an increasing interest in insulating substrates. Overviews of the type of projects in which we're involved are available at the ACRITAS website. ACRITAS is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network focused on science at the single bond limit.
(1) Self-organisation in nanostructured systems. Colloidal nanoparticle solutions produce a remarkably wide variety of intricate and striking non-equilibrium patterns. Scanning probe microscopy coupled with quantitative image analysis/morphometry and Monte Carlo simulations has bben used to study (and, in some cases, control) pattern formation and evolution in these systems. The dynamics of dewetting plays a central role in the assembly of nanoparticle arrays from solution and our work focussed on controlling just how the solvent wets and subsequently dewets the substrate.
(2) Electrons in Molecular Assemblies. We extensively used synchrotron radiation spectroscopies (photoemission, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray standing wave spectroscopy) to study the interactions and electronic properties of fullerenes (including endohedral, functionalised, and "on-cage" doped species) and phthalocyanines with semiconductor and metal surfaces.
(3) Scanning probe instrument development. The Nottingham Nanoscience group has a track record in developing constructing scanning probe instruments (including SPM controllers). For example, a hybrid scanning near field optical microscope (SNOM)- scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) instrument, based on imaging using indium tin oxide-coated fibreoptic tips, was developed in the group.
For more details see the Nanoscience Group website.