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Professor Dagou Zeze, FIET, SRF RAEng/Leverhulme Trust

Professor in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42531
Room number: E208 (Christopherson)

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  • Professor of Nanotechnology & Microsystems
  • Director of Next Generation Materials & Microsystems Research Challenge;
  • Chair of the Durham University EU Liaison Group.
  • Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Fellow of the World Academy of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Director of Postgraduate Studies: 2014-2017.
  • Senior Research Fellow - Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust: 2013-2014
  • BSc Physics (University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast: 1990).
  • MPhil & PhD in Electronics (Université of Clermont-Ferrand, France: 1996).
  • Postdoctoral research: University of Ulster (Thin amorphous carbon films: 2000
  • Postdoctoral research: University of Surrey (Microfabrication: 2003).

Professor of Nanotechnology & Microsystems within the Department of Engineering, Durham University, He has research interests in nanostructured materials, micro and nanofabrication, multifunction devices, i.e. the integration of nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes and semiconductor nanowires) in devices. He has contributed to seven European Framework programme FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects, representing more than €12.5 million. He is the scientific coordinator of three Marie Curie Actions international consortia on semiconductor nanowires, FUNPROB, NanoEmbrace and the current H2020 INDEED ITN, all of which involve significant international academic and industrial collaboration across Europe. He has also led several national and international research projects.

Further Details

Main Research Interest: Nanotechnology & Nanomaterials Devices
Current research themes
  • Integration of Nanostructured Materials in Device Fabrication
  • Nanofabrication & Microfabrication
  • Carbon nanotubes Smart Devices
  • Semiconductor nanowires
  • Multifunction devices

Other activities

  • Thin Films Technology
  • Organic Electronics
  • Liquid Handling Robotic System Design

Research Groups

Department of Engineering

  • Next Generation Materials and Microsystems

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials device integration
  • Semiconductor nanowires
  • Nanotechnology
  • Electronics Research

Teaching Areas

  • Microbrication (20 hours/year.)
  • Optoeletronics (20 hours/year.)
  • Sensors & Actuators (10 hours/year.)


Chapter in book

  • Sundes Fakher, Adam Sleiman, A. Ayesh, A. Al-Ghaferi, M.C. Petty, D. Zeze & Mohammed Mabrook (2017). Organic Floating-Gate Memory Structures. In Emerging Materials and Structures. Panagiotis Dimitrakis Springer. 2: 123-156.
  • Sleiman, A., Mabrook, M.F., Sayers, P.W. & Zeze, D.A. (2015). CNT-based two terminal organic nonvolatile memory devices. In Handbook of Flexible Organic Electronics: Materials, Manufacturing and Applications. Logothetidis, S. Woodhead Publishing Series. 413-428.
  • Mabrook, MF, Kolb, D, Pearson, C, Zeze, DA & Petty, MC (2009). Fabrication and Characterisation of MIS Organic Memory Devices. In Smart Materials & Micro/Nanosystems. Pietro Vincenzini, P. & D'Arrigo, G. 54: 474-479.

Journal Article

  • Nazarenko, Maxim, Rosamond, Mark C., Gallant, Andrew J., Kolosov, Oleg V., Dubrovskii, Vladimir G. & Zeze, Dagou A. (2017). A simplified model to estimate thermal resistance between carbon nanotube and sample in scanning thermal microscopy. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 50(49): 494004.
  • Tian (田琳), Lin, Di Mario, Lorenzo, Minotti, Antonio, Tiburzi, Giorgio, Mendis, Budhika G., Zeze, Dagou A. & Martelli, Faustino (2016). Direct growth of Si nanowires on flexible organic substrates. Nanotechnology 27(22): 225601.
  • Massey, M.K., Kotsialos, A., Volpati, D., Vissol-Gaudin, E., Pearson, C., Bowen, L., Obara, B., Zeze, D.A., Groves, C. & Petty, M.C. (2016). Evolution of Electronic Circuits using Carbon Nanotube Composites. Scientific Reports 6: 32197
  • Cirlin, G. E., Buyskih, A. C., Bouravlev, A. D., Samsonenko, Yu. B., Kaliteevski, M. A., Gallant, A. J. & Zeze, D. (2016). Investigation of non-equilibrium electron-hole plasma in nanowires by THz spectroscopy. Optics and Spectroscopy 120(5): 751.
  • Timofeev, M., Bolshakov, A., Tovee, P. D., Zeze, D. A., Dubrovskii, V. G. & Kolosov, O. V. (2016). Scanning thermal microscopy with heat conductive nanowire probes. Ultramicroscopy 162: 42-51.
  • Fakher, Sundes, Nejm, Razan, Ayesh, Ahmad, AL-Ghaferi, Amal, Zeze, Dagou & Mabrook, Mohammed (2016). Single-Walled Carbon-Nanotubes-Based Organic Memory Structures. Molecules 21(9): 1166.
  • Massey, M. K., Kotsialos, A., Qaiser, F., Zeze, D. A., Pearson, C., Volpati, D., Bowen, L. & Petty, M. C. (2015). Computing with carbon nanotubes: optimization of threshold logic gates using disordered nanotube/polymer composites. Journal of Applied Physics 117(13): 134903.
  • Mabrook, Mohammed & Zeze, Dagou (2015). Editorial: Graphene Electronics (Special issue on Graphene Electronics). IET Circuits, Devices & Systems 9(1): 2-3.
  • RR Nejm, AI Ayesh, DA Zeze, A Sleiman, MF Mabrook, A Al-Ghaferi & M Hussein (2015). Electrical Characteristics of Hybrid-Organic Memory Devices Based on Au Nanoparticles. Journal of Electronic Materials 44(8): 2835-2841.
  • Volpati, D., Massey, M. K., Johnson, D. W., Kotsialos, A., Qaiser, F., Pearson, C., Coleman, K. S., Tiburzi, G., Zeze, D. A. & Petty, M. C. (2015). Exploring the alignment of carbon nanotubes dispersed in a liquid crystal matrix using coplanar electrodes. Journal of Applied Physics 117(12): 125303.
  • Trukhin, V.N., Buyskih, A.S., Bouravlev, A.D., Mustafa, I.A., Samsonenko, Yu. B., Trukhin, A.V., Cirlin, G.E., Kaliteevski, M.A., Zeze, D.A. & Gallant, A.J. (2015). Generation of terahertz radiation by AlGaAs nanowires. JETP Letters 102(5): 316-320.
  • Zeze, Dagou & Mabrook, Mohammed (2015). Graphene Electronics, Volume 2. IET Circuits, Devices & Systems 9(6): 385.
  • Petrova, N.V., Yakovkin, I.N. & Zeze, D.A. (2015). Metallization and stiffness of the Li-intercalated MoS2 bilayer. Applied Surface Science 353: 333-337.
  • Koryakin, A. A., Sibirev, N. V. & Zeze, D. A. (2015). Modeling of axial heterostructure formation in ternary III-V nanowires. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 643: 012007.
  • Kotsialos, A., Massey, M.K., Qaiser, F., Zeze, D.A., Pearson, C. & Petty, M.C. (2014). Logic gate and circuit training on randomly dispersed carbon nanotubes. International Journal of Unconventional Computing 10(5-6): 473-497.
  • Sibirev, N., Nazarenko, M.V., Zeze, D.A. & Dubrovskii, V.G. (2014). Modeling the nucleation statistics in vapor-liquid-solid nanowires. Journal of Crystal Growth 401: 51-55.
  • Tovee, P.D., Pumarol, M.E., Rosamond, M.C., Jones, R., Petty, M.C., Zeze, D.A. & Kolosov, O.V. (2014). Nanoscale resolution scanning thermal microscopy using carbon nanotube tipped thermal probles. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16(3): 1174-1181.
  • Jombert, Alice S., Bayazit, Mustafa K., Herron, Christopher R., Coleman, Karl S. & Zeze, Dagou A. (2013). Synthesis and Characterization of Molecularly-Bridged Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Electrical Properties of Their Films. Science of Advanced Materials 5(12): 1967-1973.
  • Stone, R, Rosamond, M, Coleman, K, Petty, M C, Kosolov, O, Bowen, L, Dubrovskii, V & Zeze, D (2013). Tungstate sharpening: a versatile method for expanding the profile of ultra sharp tungsten probes. Review of Scientific Instruments 84(3): 035107.
  • Pumarol, Manuel, Rosamond, Mark Christopher, Tovee, Peter D., Petty, Michael C., Zeze, Dagou A, Falko, Vladimir I & Kolosov Oleg V. (2012). Direct nanoscale imaging of ballistic and diffusive thermal transport in graphene nanostructures. Nano Letters 12(6): 2906–2911.
  • Massey, M.K., Rosamond, M.C., Pearson, C., Zeze, D.A. & Petty, M.C. (2012). Electrical Behavior of Langmuir–Blodgett Networks of Sorted Metallic and Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Langmuir 28(43): 15385-15391.
  • Alba-Martin M, Firmager T, Atherton J, Rosamond MC, Ashall D, Ghaferi A Al, Ayesh A, Gallant AJ, Mabrook MF, Petty MC & Zeze DA (2012). Improved memory behaviour of single-walled carbon nanotube charge storage nodes. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 45(29): 295401.
  • P Tovee, M Pumarol, D Zeze, K Kjoller & O Kolosov (2012). Nanoscale spatial resolution probes for scanning thermal microscopy of solid state materials. Journal of Applied Physics 112(11): 114317.
  • Sleiman A, Mabrook MF, Nejm RR, Ayesh A, Ghaferi A Al, Petty MC & Zeze DA (2012). Organic bistable devices utilizing carbon nanotubes embedded in poly(methyl methacrylate). Journal of Applied Physics 112(2): 024509.
  • A. Sleiman, M.C. Rosamond, M. Alba Martin, A. Ayesh, A. Al Ghaferi, A.J. Gallant, M.F. Mabrook & D.A. Zeze (2012). Pentacene-based metal-insulator-semiconductor memory structures utilizing single walled carbon nanotubes as a nanofloating gate. Applied Physics Letters 100(2): 023302.
  • M.C. Rosamond, A.J. Gallant, M.C. Petty, O. Kolosov & D.A. Zeze (2011). A versatile nanopatterning technique based on controlled undercutting and liftoff. Advanced Materials 23(43): 5039-5044.
  • Baragwanath, A.J., Swift, G.P., DeChang, D., Zeze, D.A., Gallant, A.J. & Chamberlain, J.M. (2011). Micro-machined fluidic devices for terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. physica status solidi (c) 8(9): 2935-2937.
  • Massey, MK, Pearson, C, Zeze, DA, Mendis, BG & Petty, MC (2011). The electrical and optical properties of oriented Langmuir-Blodgett films of carbon nanotubes. Carbon 49(7): 2424-2430.
  • J.J. Atherton, M.C. Rosamond, S. Johnstone & and D.A. Zeze. (2011). Thermal characterisation of µL volumes using a thin film thermocouple based sensor. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical 166(1): 34.
  • Cirlin, G.E., Dubrovskii, V.G., Samsonenko, Y.B., Bouravleuv, A.D., Durose, K., Proskruryakov, Y.Y., Mendes, B., Bowen, L., Kaliteevski, M.A., Abram, R. & Zeze, D.A. (2010). Self-catalyzed, pure zincblende GaAs nanowires grown on Si(111) by molecular beam epitaxy. Physical Review B 82(3): 035302.
  • Venet, C, Pearson, C, Jombert, AS, Mabrook, MF, Zeze, DA & Petty, MC. (2010). The morphology and electrical conductivity of single-wall carbon nanotube thin films prepared by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physiochemical and Engineering Aspects 354(1-3): 113-117.
  • Mabrook, MF, Yun, YJ, Pearson, C, Zeze, DA & Petty, MC (2009). A pentacene-based organic thin film memory transistor. Applied Physics Letters 94(17): 173302.
  • Mabrook, MF, Yun, YJ, Pearson, C, Zeze, DA & Petty, MC (2009). Charge Storage in Pentacene/Polymethylmethacrylate Memory Devices. IEEE Electron Device Letters 30(6): 632-634.
  • Mabrook, M.F., Jombert, A.S., Machin, S.E., Pearson, C., Kolb, D., Coleman, K.S., Zeze, D.A. & Petty, M.C. (2009). Memory effects in MIS structures based on silicon and polymethylmethacrylate with nanoparticle charge-storage elements. Materials Science And Engineering B-advanced Functional Solid-state Materials 159-160: 14-17.
  • Mabrook, MF, Pearson, C, Jombert, AS, Zeze, DA & Petty, MC (2009). The morphology, electrical conductivity and vapour sensing ability of inkjet-printed thin films of single-wall carbon nanotubes. Carbon 47(3): 752-757.
  • Dimitrakis, P, Normand, P, Tsoukalas, D, Pearson, C, Ahn, JH, Mabrook, MF, Zeze, DA, Petty, MC, Kamtekar, KT, Wang, CS, Bryce, MR & Green, M (2008). Electrical behavior of memory devices based on fluorene-containing organic thin films. Journal of Applied Physics 104(4): 044510.
  • Mabrook, MF, Pearson, C, Kolb, D, Zeze, DA & Petty, MC (2008). Memory effects in hybrid silicon-metallic nanoparticle-organic thin film structures. Organic Electronics 9(5): 816-820.
  • Jombert, A.S., Coleman, K.S., Wood, D., Petty, M.C. & Zeze, D.A. (2008). Poole-Frenkel conduction in single wall carbon nanotube composite films built up by electrostatic layer-by-layer deposition. Journal of Applied Physics 104(9): 094503.
  • Pearson, C., Ahn, J.H., Mabrook, M.F., Zeze, D.A., Petty, M.C., Kamtekar, K.T., Wang, C.S., Bryce, M.R., Dimitrakis, P. & Tsoukalas, D. (2007). Electronic memory device based on a single-layer fluorene-containing organic thin film. Applied Physics Letters 91(12): 123506.
  • Gallant, A.J., Kaliteevski, M.A., Wood, D., Petty, M.C., Abram, R.A., Brand, S., Swift, G.P., Zeze, D.A. & Chamberlain, J.M. (2007). Passband filters for terahertz radiation based on dual metallic photonic structures. Applied Physics Letters 91(16): 161115.
  • Palumbo, M, Lee, KU, Ahn, BT, Suri, A, Coleman, KS, Zeze, D, Wood, D, Pearson, C & Petty, MC (2006). Electrical investigations of layer-by-layer films of carbon nanotubes. Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics 39(14): 3077-3085.
  • Miyajima, Y, Nitta, S, Silva, SRP & Zeze, DA (2005). Surface induced bulk modifications of amorphous carbon nitride films bypost-deposition oxygen and hydrogen plasma treatment. Thin Solid Films 491(1-2): 161-167.
  • Boskovic, B. O., Stolojan, V., Zeze, D. A., Forrest, R. D., Silva, S. R. P. & Haq, S. (2004). Branched carbon nanofiber network synthesis at room temperature using radio frequency supported microwave plasmas. Journal of applied physics 96(6): 3443-3446.
  • Zeze, D. A., Cox, D. C., Weiss, B. L. & Silva, S. R. P. (2004). Lithography-free high aspect ratio submicron quartz columns by reactive ion etching. Applied Physics Letters 84(8): 1362-1364.
  • Zeze, DA, Silva, SRP, Haq, S & Harris, SJ (2003). Comparison of the X-ray photoelectron and electron-energy-loss spectraof the nitrogen-doped hydrogenated amorphous carbon bond. Philosophical Magazine 83(16): 1937-1947.
  • Zeze, DA, Joyce, AM, Anderson, CA & Brown, NMD (2002). Control and mass selection of CnHm+ fragments in an inductively coupledpulsed plasma. Applied Physics Letters 80(1): 22-24.
  • Zeze, D.A, Forrest, R. D., Carey, J. D., Cox, D. C., Robertson, I. D., Weiss, B. L. & Silva, S. R. P. (2002). Reactive ion etching of quartz and pyrex for micro electronic applications. Journal of applied physics 92(7): 3624-3629.
  • Zeze, D. A., Silva, S. R. P., Brown, N. M. D., Joyce, A. M. & Anderson, C. A. (2002). Targeting mass-selected cluster ions for the deposition of advanced carbonaceous materials using an inductively coupled plasma. Journal of applied physics 91(4): 1819-1827.
  • Papakonstantinou, P, Zeze, DA, Klini, A & McLaughlin, J (2001). Chemical bonding and nanomechanical studies of carbon nitride filmssynthesised by reactive pulsed laser deposition. Diamond And Related Materials 10(3-7): 1109-1114.
  • Zeze, DA, North, DR, Brown, NMD & Anderson, CA (2000). Comparison of CxNy H films obtained by deposition using magnetronsputtering or an inductively coupled plasma. Surface And Interface Analysis 29(6): 369-376.
  • Zeze, DA, North, DR, Brown, NMD & Anderson, CA (2000). Investigation of the uniformity and coverage of CxNy H overcoatingsduring PECVD in an inductively coupled plasma. Surface And Interface Analysis 29(3): 201-207.
  • Kapsa, R, Stara, I, Zeze, D, Gruzza, B & Matolin, V (1998). AES and EELS study of aluminium oxide thin films. Thin Solid Films 317(1-2): 77-80.
  • Zeze, DA, O'Toole, EP, Crawford, RI, Cui, N, Anderson, CA & Brown, NMD (1998). Characterization of carbon nitride films grown using aninductively-coupled plasma with adamantane as the source hydrocarbon. Surface And Interface Analysis 26(12): 896-+.
  • Toth, J, Varga, D, Cserny, I, Kover, L, Gruzza, B, Zeze, D, Jardin, C & Gergely, G (1998). Resolution correction in EELS. Vacuum 50(3-4): 473-479.
  • Stara, I, Zeze, D, Matolin, V, Pavluch, J & Gruzza, B (1997). AES and EELS study of alumina model catalyst supports. Applied Surface Science 115(1): 46-52.
  • Zeze, D, Bideux, L, Gruzza, B, Golek, F, Danko, D & Mroz, S (1997). Retarding field analyser used in elastic peak electron spectroscopy. Vacuum 48(3-4): 399-401.
  • ZEZE, D, GRUZZA, B, GUGLIELMACCI, JM & JARDIN, C (1994). Au, Ag and Ag/Au samples, studied using elastic peak electron spectroscopy (EPES) and computer-simulation. Journal Of Electron Spectroscopy And Related Phenomena 68: 757-762.

Conference Paper

  • Vissol-Gaudin, E., Kotsialos, A., Massey, M. K., Zeze, D. A., Pearson, C., Groves, C. & Petty, M. C. (2016), Training a Carbon-Nanotube/Liquid Crystal Data Classifier Using Evolutionary Algorithms, in Amos, M. & Condon, A. eds, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9726 15th International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation. Manchester, UK, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, 130-141.
  • Swift, G. Peter, Gallant, Andrew J., Dai, DeChang, Kaliteevski, Mikhail A., Brand, Stuart, Zeze, Dagou A., Wood, David, Petty, Michael C., Abram, Richard A. & Chamberlain, J. Martyn (2008), Negative refracting materials at THz frequencies, 33rd International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves. Pasadena, CA, IEEE, Piscataway, 496-497.
  • Gallant, A.J., Levitt, J.A., Kaliteevski, M., Wood, D., Petty, M.C., Abram, R.A., Brand, S., Swift, G.P., Zeze,D.A. & Chamberlain, J.M. (2007), Artificial plasmonic materials for THz applications, in Linden, K.J. & Sadwick, L.P. eds, Proceedings of SPIE 6472: Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics VI. San Jose, CA, SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 647206.
  • Gallant, A.J., Zeze, D.A., Wood, D., Petty, M.C., Dai, D. & Chamberlain, J.M. (2007), Flexible polymer based artificial materials for terahertz applications, Joint 32nd International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 2007 and the 2007 15th International Conference on Terahertz Electronics. IRMMW-THz. Cardiff, Wales, IEEE, 961-963.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Zeze, Dagou (2013). Connecting with the Nano World. Science Omega Review UK (1): 1-2.