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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Dr Douglas Halliday, FInstP, CPhys, FHEA, FEI

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43571
Room number: 153

(email at

Co-Director of the Durham Energy Institute

University Responsibilities

Director of the Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy (2010-).

Director of the Durham Energy Institute Solar Network (2010-).

Dean of the Graduate School (2005-2010),

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science (2002-2005),

Director of Postgraduate Training of the Faculty of Science (2000-2002),

College Mentor at St Aidan's College,

Responsibilities within Physics Department

Member of the Staff Student Consultative Committee,

HE Academy Physical Sciences Departmental Representative

CMP Teaching Mentor

Teaching activity

Level 1 Tutor,

Teaching Level 2 Foundations of Physics 2B (module details),

Level 2 Workshops,

Level 2 Bridge Projects,

Level 3 Team Projects,

Supervising Level 4 projects,

Postgraduate Lecture Course in Condensed Matter Physics,

Postgraduate Lectures on MSc Energy and Society.

Research Interests

Advanced spectroscopic studies of quantum and novel behaviour in electronic materials and devices. The aim of my work is elucidate the fundamental physical mechanisms which underlie the operation of electronic devices, leading to improvements in device operation. This is achieved through innovative, state of the art materials characterisation and optical spectroscopy facilities.

At present the main areas of my work are:

  1. Novel solar energy materials for thin film photovoltaic solar cell structures, novel quantum solar cell structures and sustainable materials for photovoltaic applications (Dr Hindmarch, Dr Mendis, Dr Szablewski)
  2. Rare earth doped Chevrel phase and metallic superconductors, noble metal films and nanostructures (Professor Hampshire)
  3. Vapour grown bulk II-VI crystals
  4. Polymer-Semiconductor organic-inorganic heterostructures (Professor Pettty, Dr Mendis, Dr Groves and Dr Szablewski)

(Please see CMP research group web pages for further details

PhD Projects Available

Please contact me if you are interested in a PhD project.

Other Activities

Higher Education Reviewer for Quality Assurance Agency,

Member of UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee and Honorary Treasurer,

Member of UNI-SET Steering Committee,

Physics External Examiner.

Research Groups

Department of Physics

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Inorganic Opto-Electroactive Materials

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

Journal Article

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Condensed Matter Physics: Solar Cells
  • Renewable energy: Renewable Energy
  • Condensed Matter Physics: Semiconductors
  • Condensed Matter Physics: Optical Spectroscopy

Selected Grants

  • 2017: NECEM (£240040.61 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)