Steve Skowron

ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Steve Skowron was awarded his M.Sci. degree in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2012, working with Dr Nick Besley in developing inexpensive methods for computing NEXAFS spectra using time-dependent DFT during his masters project. Moving to the Computational Nanoscience group in the same year, he studied the effects of electron irradiation, using accurate ab initio calculations coupled with experimental TEM images to investigate structure transformations of carbon nanomaterials. Steve completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Elena Besley in 2016, and is currently continuing his work in the group as a postdoctoral researcher.

Current Research Project

Irradiation-induced transformations in low dimensional nanomaterials in transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

Research Interests

  • The effect of the electron beam in carbon nanomaterials; inducing atomic structure change via elastic collisions (direct 'knock-on' damage).
  • Kinetics under the e-beam; using atomic resolution microscopy of individual beam-induced events to determine macroscopic parameters.
  • Initiating and observing chemistry at the atomic scale with TEM; reactions of molecular species encapsulated in carbon nanotubes.
  • The structure and dynamics of atomic defects in graphene and other two-dimensional materials.
List of Publications
ACS Editors' Choice
Stop-frame filming and discovery of reactions at the single-molecule level by transmission electron microscopy.
Chamberlain, T. W., Biskupek, J., Skowron, S. T., Markevich, A. V., Kurasch, S., Reimer, O., Walker, K., Rance, G. A., Feng, X., Müllen, K., Turchanin, A., Lebedeva, M. A., Majouga, A. G., Nenajdenko, V. G., Kaiser, U., Besley, E. and Khlobystov, A. N.
ACS Nano, 2017, in press.
Growth of single-layer boron nitride dome-shaped nanostructures catalysed by iron clusters.
La Torre, A., Åhlgren, E. H., Fay, M. W., Ben Romdhane, F., Skowron, S. T., Parmenter, C., Davies, A. J., Jouhannaud, J., Pourroy, G., Khlobystov, A. N., Brown, P. D., Besley, E. and Banhart, F.
Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 15079-15085.
Reaction kinetics of bond rotations in graphene.
Skowron, S. T., Koroteev, V. O., Baldoni, M., Lopatin, S., Zurutuza, A., Chuvilin, A. and Besley, E.
Carbon, 2016, 105, 176-182.
Energetics of atomic scale structure changes in graphene.
Skowron, S. T., Lebedeva, I. V., Popov, A. M., Bichoutskaia, E.
Chemical Society Reviews, 2015, 44, 3143-3176.

Isotope substitution extends the lifetime of organic molecules in transmission electron microscopy.
Chamberlain, T. W., Biskupek, J., Skowron, S. T., Bayliss, P. A., Bichoutskaia, E., Kaiser, U. and Khlobystov, A. N.
Small, 2015, 11, 622-629.
Formation of nickel-carbon heterofullerenes under electron irradiation.
Sinitsa, A. S., Lebedeva, I. V., Knizhnik, A. A., Popov, A. M., Skowron, S. T. and Bichoutskaia, E.
Dalton Transactions, 2014, 43, 7499-7513.
Approaches to modelling irradiation-induced processes in transmission electron microscopy.
Skowron, S. T., Lebedeva, I., Popov, A. and Bichoutskaia, E.
Feature Article, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 6677-6692.
Accurate time-dependent density functional theory calculations of the near edge X-ray absorption fine structure of large systems.
Skowron, S. T. and Besley, N. A.
Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, 2012, 131, 1267-1273.