Steve Skowron

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Steve Skowron is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Computational Nanoscience group, applying principles of chemistry to electron microscopy imaging techniques in order to use them as tools for chemical kinetics and synthesis. This follows on from work during his PhD, completed under the supervision of Prof. Elena Besley in 2016, in which he studied the effects of electron irradiation, using accurate ab initio calculations coupled with experimental TEM images to investigate structure transformations in carbon nanomaterials. Steve was awarded his M.Sci. degree in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2012, during which time he collaborated with Dr. Nick Besley in developing inexpensive methods for computing NEXAFS spectra using time-dependent DFT.

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; determining mechanisms of atomic structure change in 2D materials.
  • 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
Chemical reactions of molecules promoted and simultaneously imaged by the electron beam in transmission electron microscopy.
Skowron, S. T., Chamberlain, T. W., Biskupek, J., Kaiser, U., Besley, E. and Khlobystov, A.
Accounts of Chemical Research, 2017, 50, 1797-1807.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00078
Published as part of the Accounts of Chemical Research special issue "Direct Visualization of Chemical and Self-Assembly Processes with Transmission Electron Microscopy".
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, 11, 2509-2520.
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b08228
ACS Editors' Choice
Research Highlights Nature Nanotechnology, 2017, 12, 286.
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.
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR03474H
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.
DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.04.020
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.
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00499J
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.
DOI: 10.1002/smll.201402081

Cover DOI: 10.1002/smll.201570027
Corrigendum: Small, 2017, 13, 1770095.
DOI: 10.1002/smll.201700766
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.
DOI: 10.1039/C3DT53385A
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.
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR02130K
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.
DOI: 10.1007/s00214-012-1267-y