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Durham University

Department of Physics

Staff profile

Dr Michael Hunt, M.A.(Cantab) Ph.D SFHEA

Associate Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43648
Room number: 145
Member of the Durham X-ray Centre

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  • PHYS2641 Laboratory Skills and Electronics: Level 2 Bridge Projects
  • PHYS3711/4271 Condensed Matter Physics 3/4: Symmetry, Structure and Excitations
  • PHYS3581 Team Projects
  • PHYS3701 BSc Projects
  • PHYS4213 MPhys Projects


  • Symmetry and Group Theory in Physics and Chemistry
  • Data Analysis (ReNU CDT)
  • Structure and Spectroscopies (ReNU CDT)



  • PHYS4151 Advanced Condensed Matter Physics: Low Dimensional Solids (2010-2017)
  • PHYS3641 Advanced Physics 3: Optical Properties of Solids (2015-2017)
  • PHYS3601 Laboratory Project: Condensed Matter Physics (2010-2017)
  • PHYS2531 Thermal and Condensed Matter Physics: Electrons in Solids (2008-2012)
  • PHYS2551 Laboratory Skills and Practice (2002-2010)
  • PHYS3561 General Problems (2003-2007)
  • PHYS1122 Foundations of Physics I: Electricity and Magnetism (2003-2007)


  • Image Analysis (2011-2016)
  • Physics at Surfaces (2003-2010)


  • Level 1 Course Director (2019-)
  • Member of SSCC (2019-)
  • Member of Education Committee (2019-)
  • Level 3 Laboratory Leader (2012-2017)
  • Member of Laboratories Committee (2012-2017)
  • Chair Level 3 Examination Papers Committee (2015-2017)
  • Member of Level 2 Examination Paper Committee (2014)
  • Undergraduate Admissions Selector (2015-2017)

Research interests

My group researches the growth, modification, and characterisation of low-dimensional (nanometre scale) structures. Experimental techiques such as scanned probe microscopy, low energy electron diffraction, electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy are combined with ab-initio and semi-empirical computation in order to understand the behaviour of two-dimensional layers (such as graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides), nanoparticulates and nanotubes and how their properties can be modified in a controlled fashion for use in electronic devices, energy generation and storage.

Research Groups

Department of Physics

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Carbon Nanostructures


Book review

Chapter in book

  • Abbas, Qaisar, Mirzaeian, Mojtaba & Hunt, Michael. R.C. (2020). Materials for Sodium-Ion Batteries. In Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering.
  • Butenko, Yuriy, Šiller, Lidija & Hunt, Michael R.C. (2014). Carbon Onions. In Carbon Nanomaterials. Gogotsi, Yury & Presser, Volker CRC Press. 279-302.
  • Butenko, Yuriy V., Šiller, L. & Hunt, M.R.C. (2010). Carbon Onions. In Handbook of Nanophysics: Clusters and Fullerenes. Sattler, K.D. CRC Press. 1-18.

Journal Article

Selected Grants

  • 2017: NECEM (£228875.41 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)