Staff profiles

Dr Jennifer Hatchell, Lecturer in Astrophysics

Jenny Hatchell joined the Exeter Astrophysics group in 2004 after holding positions in Cambridge, Manchester and Bonn. 

Her research focuses on studies of star formation and molecular clouds using telescopes at infrared and submillimetre wavelengths, including the Spitzer Space Telescope and the 15-metre James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. She coordinates the JCMT Gould Belt Survey of local star-forming regions and is funded by STFC

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Jennny is a first year tutor and teaches in the Practical Physics classes in Year 2

Dr Jennifer Hatchell, Lecturer in Astrophysics

Dr David Horsell, Lecturer in Physics

David Horsell became a Lecturer at the University in 2009.

His experimental research focuses on conduction mechanisms in nanostructures. This includes both fundamental and applied studies in a wide range of physical environments. He combines electrical measurements at temperatures down to 10 mK and magnetic fields up to 18 T with optical, scanning probe and electron microscopy studies to understand how conduction occurs. Currently, he is working on graphene-based devices and is developing sensors and other applications based on them.

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David teaches the first year module, Vector Mechanics and Relativity

Dr David Horsell, Lecturer in Physics

Dr Francesca Palombo, Lecturer in Biomedical Spectroscopy

Francesca Palombo joined the University of Exeter as a lecturer in 2013.

Her current research is focused on the development of novel applications of optical spectroscopy to biomedical sciences. She is particularly interested in chemical and physical aspects of biomaterials at a molecular level, as well their implications in health-related problems.

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Francesca teaches in the Practical Physics class in year 2, and is a first year tutor.

Dr Francesca Palombo, Lecturer in Biomedical Spectroscopy

Dr Annette Plaut, Senior Lecturer

Annette joined Exeter as a lecturer in 1990, in 2006 she was appointed to senior lecturer position. 

Her research uses magneto-optical techniques, including Raman, photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation, with complementary magnetotransport, to investigate nanostructures from a wide variety of materials. Her current focus is on graphene. These measurments, in zero and finite magnetic fields, at room temperature down to millikelvin, probe both the density of states above and below the Fermi energy and excitations - both collective electronic and phononic.

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Annette is a first year tutor and teaches the 2nd year module, Lasers, Materials and Nanoscale Probes for Quantum Applications

Dr Annette Plaut, Senior Lecturer

Dr Jacopo Bertolotti, Lecturer (Education and Research)

Following research positions at the Universities of Florence and Twente, Jacopo started his lecturer appointment at Exeter in 2013

His research is concerned with the effect of disorder and randomness on the world around us. In particular his research focuses on the properties of light (and more in general, wave) transport in disorder and "complex" media. From Anderson localization to random lasers, Lévy flights and superdiffusion to wavefront shaping. This research finds applications in biological imaging, where turbidity is a huge limiting factor, but also has an impact on more fundamental fields.

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Jacopo is a first year lecturer and teaches the Practical Physics modules

Dr Jacopo Bertolotti, Lecturer (Education and Research)

Dr Alan Usher, Reader in Physics

Alan Usher joined the University as a lecturer in 1988. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 1998, before achieving his current status as Reader in Physics in 2001.

His research is an experimental exploration of the ways in which quantum mechanics influences the properties of electrons in nanostructures. Alan has studied a range of nanostructures and nanomaterials, with his current focus being on graphene and related materials. His research combines a range of techniques involving low temperatures, high magnetic fields and optical, thermodynamic and electrical probes.

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Alan teaches the first year modules, Mathematics for Physicists and IT and Electronics Skills, and quantum mechanics, laboratory skills and problem-solving in later years

Dr Alan Usher, Reader in Physics

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