Dr Brett Fisher
Brett Fisher is currently a Postgraduate Researcher at the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), University of Surrey. He is working towards a PhD in Electronic Engineering, funded by the EPSRC.
His current research is based on manipulating light on the nano-scale to improve the efficiency of Polymer Solar Cells (PSCs also known as Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs) or Organic Solar Cells (OSCs)). This involves looking at different methods such as utilising plasmonics through the inclusion of metallic nano-particles. He is in the process of designing and develop a mathematical model to explain the how the light interacts with the nano-structured device.
Also he has been known to characterise surfaces of nano-scale devices using spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. This includes X-Ray Photo-electron Spectroscopy (XPS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).
During his time at the University of Surrey, Brett has been involved in many activities ranging from Demonstrating for Undergraduate studies (first and second year Electronic Engineering Laboratories), undergraduate student mentoring, being involved in the Headstart program, and with external projects, such as the ‘I Believe in You‘ interactive light installation by Tine Bech.
Brett completed his MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree at Plymouth University, where he obtained a 1st class degree in 2013. His third year project was a non-invasive current sensor, measuring small changes in the magnetic field. This was applied as a residual current device. He was awarded Best Project in the BEng(Hons) Pathway, sponsored by Babcock, and Best Use of Research, sponsored by Rapid Electronics, for his project. He also has been awarded the Plymouth Award, and was on the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence for three consecutive years.
Whilst he was completing his Undergraduate, Brett was also involved in many other activities, such as being a Student Ambassador for Plymouth University. He participated in several secondary teaching experiences in target schools such as the Marine Academy Plymouth (Maths), and Sir John Hunt Community Sports College (Maths/Science), and external projects such as the motion activated art installation in Tower Bridge called ‘Battersea to Bermondsey’.
In 2012, Brett attended the European Magnetics Sensors and Actuators conference, which lead to a publication based on a current sensor utilising a Giant Magneto-Impedance sensor for non-invasive current measurements.