David Carey

Dr David Carey

Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
PhD (Dublin), CEng, FInstP
09 BB 04
By appointment
Personal Assistant: Kelly Green


Biography & Research Summary

David Carey is the Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Surrey.  

He holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, was previously an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow and is currently Reader in Electrical and Electronic Materials Engineering. Current research interests include 2D materials of single and few layer graphene, silicene and germanene; CVD growth of graphene and carbon nanotubes; electrical transport properties at high fields and frequency; and characterisation and processing of hybrid nanomaterials.

See full list publication list at Google Scholar.

Selected Research Publications & Invited Conference Presentations

1. Graphene Microstrip Patch Ultrawide Band Antennas for THz Communications, Mojtaba Dashti and J David Carey, Adv. Funct. Mater. 28, 1705925 (2018).

2. Engineering tunable single and dual optical emission from Ru(II)-polypydridyl complexes through excited state design, J. Romanova, Y Sadik, M.R.R.Prabhath, J David Carey and P.D. Jarowski, J. Phys. Chem. C 121, 2333 (2017).

3. (Opening Invited Lecture) Presented the Opening Lecture at the NanoteC16 on '2D and Related Materials: From Production to Advanced Electronic Applications'.

4. Organic-inorganic hybrid cathodes: Facile synthesis of polypyrrole/zinc oxide nanofibers for low turn-on electron field emitters, Ishpal Rawal, J David Carey, O.S. Panwar, R.K. Tripathi, RSC Advances 6, 46372 (2016).

5. Engineering Graphene Conductivity for Flexible and High-Frequency Applications, Alexander J Samuels and J David Carey, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 7, 22246 (2015).

6. High Quality Carbon Nanotubes on Conductive Substrates Grown at Low Temperatures, Muhammad Ahmad, Jose V. Anguita, Vlad Stolojan, Tony Corless, Jeng-Shiung Chen, J. David Carey and S. Ravi P. Silva, Adv. Funct. Mater. 25, 4419 (2015).

7. Best Poster Award Research student Piers Turner wins the Best Poster Prize at NanoteC 2015 (Oxford University).

8. GUEST Editor Special issue of the Journal of Nanomaterials on Functional Nanomaterials for Electronics, Optoelectronics and Bioelectronics (2015).

9. Our research on elemental two dimensional layered materials was presented at MRS Spring 2015 meeting. You can hear the talk and view the slides via the MRS OnDemand(R) service at Atomic Structure and Monolayer Stability in 2D Elemental Layered Materials: Silicene and Germanene.

10. Stable Elemental Monolayers of Silicene and Germanene, Nathanael J Roome and J David Carey, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 6, 7743 (2014).

11. INVITED Plenary Lecture Presented Opening plenary Lecture at the 8th Microwave Materials and Applications Conference, Boise, Idaho, June 2014. The title of the lecture was 'High Frequency Characterisation of Graphene, Carbon Nanotubes and Nanometals'.

12. BEST Paper Prize Our 2013 paper J Phys Chem B paper Influence of Acoustic Cavitation on the Controlled Ultrasonic Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes', has been awarded the 2014 NPL Rutherford Prize. The judges commented that the work was "performed with high scientific rigor and an accurate metrological approach resulting in potential impact for the characterization of nanomaterial dispersion". The research was funded by the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council as part of the Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies Centre for Doctoral Training. Further details here.

Other information

  • CEng Chartered Engineer
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Member of Institute of Engineering Technology,
  • Member of the American Physical Society.
  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College


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Here is a list of some recent research papers with links; a more complete list of peer-reviewed publications can be found via the Google Scholar website.