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University College Cork, Ireland
Professor Martyn Pemble received his BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Southampton in 1976 and 1981 respectively. For his PhD studies he worked on the topic of surface enhanced Raman scattering from electrode surfaces. He then undertook postdoctoral studies in surface science at the University of California at Irvine and the University of East Anglia before taking up a Lectureship at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1984. In 1995 he was appointed to the Chair of Physical Chemistry at the University of Salford.
While in Salford he became Head of the Chemistry Department and also Associate Dean for Research. He also co-founded a spin-out company, CVD Technologies Ltd that provides bespoke technical solutions to the coatings industry.
In 2004 he was awarded a substantial grant by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to work at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, as an SFI Investigator, where he now heads the Advanced Materials and Surfaces Group. In November 2008 Prof Pemble was appointed as the Stokes Professor of Materials Chemistry.
His group studies the areas of chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD), including the use of templated substrates, passivation of III-V’s, growth andcharacterisation of photocatalytic, self-clean and antibacterial films and transparent conducting oxides, the growth of high-k dielectrics for advanced CMOS applications, novel organic photovoltaics and LEDs and the ALD growth of metals. In addition the group is well known for its work on the growth and characterisation of synthetic photonic crystals based upon colloidal assembly/crystallisation.
He has published over 300 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, currently has an h-index of 40 (Google Scholar) and has earned over €14M in funding since arriving in Ireland in 2004. He has supervised some 50 PhD students, 12 Masters students and > 30 postdocs. In 2013 he was awarded the Gold Medal from the Institute of Materials Finishing for his ’Outstanding contributions to surface engineering in Ireland’.