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Department of Physics

Staff profile

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

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

(email at


Teaching activity

I am on research leave in the 2017/8 academic year and my teaching is therefore limited to the following:


  • Level 2 Bridge Projects


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

  • 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 (£229175.06 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)