Professor Zoe Barber
Vice Master, Fellow in Materials Science and Metallurgy
Professor of Materials Science


My research interests are based around thin-film deposition using a range of techniques: magnetron sputtering, ionized sputter deposition, pulsed-laser ablation, as well as novel chemical growth techniques. As a member of the Device Materials Group in the Materials Science & Metallurgy Department, I am involved with many different thin film device materials (which may be amorphous, polycrystalline or single crystal): magnetic alloys and compounds (and the field of 'spintronics'), ferroelectrics, dielectrics, superconductors and novel materials such as ferromagnetic semiconductors, as well as tunnel barriers, buffer layers (e.g. for wide band-gap semiconductor applications), contacts and encapsulation layers. However, I also particularly enjoy working on a wider range of thin film applications, which includes: ultra-hard coatings (nano-composites and epitaxial nitride multilayers); biomedical coatings (doped hydroxyapatite for the promotion of bone growth on joint implants); shape memory metals and precise free-standing structures for nanotechnology applications; and carbon-based catalyst layers for potential fuel cell applications. I also work on the development of film growth techniques to further improve the control of film structure (e.g. ion enhanced deposition), and am using optical emission spectroscopy and plasma probes for detailed diagnostics of the film growth environment.

K Senapati, M G Blamire & Z H Barber, Spin-filter Josephson junctions. Nature Materials 10 (2011) 849 - 852

E S Thian, J Huang, Z H Barber, S M Best & W Bonfield, Surface modification of magnetron-sputtered hydroxyapatite thin films via silicon substitution for orthopaedic and dental applications. Surf. & Coat. Technol. 205 (2011) 3472 – 3477

K Senapati, T Fix, M E Vickers, M G Blamire & Z H Barber, Structural evolution and competing orders in polycrystalline GdN films. Phys. Rev. B 83 (2011) 014403

S Sanjabi & Z H Barber, The effect of film composition on the structure and mechanical properties of NiTi shape memory thin films. Surf. & Coat. Technol. 204 (2010) 1299 - 1304

B C Bayer, A F Khan, M Mehmood & Z H Barber, Effect of substrate on processing of multi-gun sputter deposited, near-stoichiometric Ni2MnGa thin films. Thin Solid Films 518 (2010) 2659 - 2664

M G Blamire, J L MacManus-Driscoll, N D Mathur & Z H Barber, The Materials Science of Functional Oxide Thin Films. Advanced Materials 21 (2009) 3827 - 3839

Z H Barber & M G Blamire, High throughput thin film materials science. Mat. Sci & Technol. 24 (2008) 757 - 770

C D A Brady, E J Rees, G T Burstein & Z H Barber, Passivation and electrocatalytic behavior of an amorphous nickel-carbon film in sulfuric acid. J. Electrochemical Soc. 155 (2008) B461-B466