Principal Investigator:

Prof. Stephan Hofmann
Short CV
Extn: 48346, Email:sh315 {at}

Dr Rob Weatherup
Extn: 48376, Email:rsw31

Rob is a research fellow at St. John’s College. He studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge, specialising in electronic engineering, and holds MA and MEng degrees. He received his PhD in May 2013 for his thesis entitled “In Situ Studies of Catalytic Graphene Growth”. Rob works on the growth of two-dimensional nanostructures such as graphene. In particular, he investigates the mechanisms involved in the catalytic growth of nanostructures and how these can be tuned to improve material properties. He is also an Associate of the Nano Science & Technology Doctoral Training Centre Cambridge (NanoDTC).

Jack Alexander-Webber
Extn: 48376, Email:jaa59 {at}

Jack is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Hofmann group and a Junior Research Fellow of Churchill College. He received his DPhil in Physics from the University of Oxford in 2013 with his thesis entitled 'High magnetic field effects in low-dimensional carbon nanostructures'. He also holds an MSci in Physics from Royal Holloway, University of London. His current research interests lie in exploring the nature of low-dimensional nanomaterials such as graphene and boron nitride and exploiting their exceptional properties for electronic and optoelectronic applications. Publications List

Dr Priyanka Periwal
Extn: 48293, Email:pp412 {at}

Priyanka is a Postdoctoral research associate in the Hofmann group. She obtained her PhD in Material Science from Laboratory of Microelectronics technology-CNRS, CEA Grenoble, France. She holds her masters in Nanotechnology where she was sent in an exchange program at Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France. Her research interests include understanding the growth and doping mechanism of semiconducting nano materials and their characterization.

Dr Vitaly Babenko
Extn: 65240, Email: vb373 {at}

Vitaly is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Hofmann group. He received his DPhil in Material Science from Oxford University in 2015 with his thesis titled "Tailoring the synthesis of graphene and other 2D materials towards applications". He also worked on nanomaterial utilisation in Li-ion batteries under an EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account award. Vitaly completed an MPhys degree in Physics from Oxford University in 2012. His research interests include developing scalable production methods for the highest quality 2D materials.

Dr Bernhard Christian Bayer
Extn: 48291, Email:bernhard.bayer{at}

Bernhard is an academic visitor in the Hofmann group and post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna, Austria. Previously he was a Research Associate in the Hofmann group and a College Research Fellow at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He holds a Bachelor degree in Technical Physics from the Graz University of Technology, Austria, as well as a Master degree in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise and a PhD degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. His research interests are one- and two-dimensional nanomaterials. Bernards personal website.

Dr Ye Fan
Extn: 48291, Email: yf281 {at}

Ye is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Hofmann group. He received his B.Eng. degree from Tsinghua University, China, where in his thesis he studied Monte-Carlo simulations of nucleation and crystal growth. He then joined the University of Oxford, UK, as a Clarendon scholar and received his DPhil degree with his thesis focussed on electronic and optoelectronic applications of CVD 2D materials. His research now focuses on integrated 2D materials CVD for device application.

Prof. Shigeya Naritsuka
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Shigeya is a visiting researcher in the Hofmann group. He is a professor at Meijo University (Japan) and for his sabbatical is based at the University of Cambridge. He received his PhD. in Electronic Engineering from University of Tokyo in Japan. His research interests include developing new 2D materials using special growth techniques and he now focuses on the study of mechanisms of graphene precipitation.

Philipp Braeuninger
Extn: 48376, Email:pab96 {at}

Philipp joined the Hofmann group as a PhD student in October 2013. He received a MSc in Micro- and Nanotechnology from ETH Zurich in 2013, where he worked on the growth and integration of single walled carbon nanotubes. He received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2011.

Tomasz Cebo
Extn: 48376, Email:tc377 {at}

Tomasz joined the Hofmann group as a PhD student in 2013. His research project is concerned with interactions between graphene and liquid crystals. Tomasz obtained his Master’s degree in Chemical Physics from the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of Nanotechnology Doctoral Training Centre and St. Edmund’s College.

Long Xiao
Extn: 48376, Email:lx229 {at}

Long completed his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering in 2012 from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. He then worked as a research engineer at Singapore Institute of Materials Research and Engineering. He began his PhD in the Hofmann group in April 2014. His research includes CVD synthesis and characterization of carbon based materials. He is a member of St. Edmunds College and a Singapore National Science scholar.

Ruizhi Wang
Extn: 48376, Email:rw520 {at}

Ruizhi joined the Hofmann Group in 2014 as a PhD student. His work focuses on the growth of novel 2D materials and their device applications. He graduated in 2014 from ETH Zurich with a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering focusing on Nanotechnology. During his masters project, which he conducted during an appointment as a visiting research scholar at UC Berkeley, he worked on the basic characteristics and applications of laser ablation of graphene. Ruizhi is a member of Pembroke College.

Kenichi Naganishi
Extn: 48376, Email:kn325 {at}

Kenichi joined the Hofmann group as a PhD student in October 2015. His research explores the bottom-up synthesis of unique novel structural materials, based on catalyst template control combined with CVD and ALD of 2D materials. Kenichi obtained his Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a member of Nanotechnology Doctoral Training Centre and Clare College.

Zenas Van-Veldhoven
Extn: 48376, Email:zav20 {at}

Zenas is a PhD student in the Hofmann Group studying the growth and characterisation of 2D materials' heterostructures. He obtained a Master in Research in Graphene Technology at the Univeristy of Cambridge in 2015. In addition, he holds a combined Master degree in Nanoscience and -physics from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Chalmers Technical University, Sweden. He is a part of the CDT in Graphene Technology at the Cambridge Graphene Centre and member of Wolfson College.

Oliver Burton
Extn: 48376, Email:ob303 {at}

Oliver joined the Hofmann group as a PhD student in 2016. His research hopes to investigate and improve the growth mechanisms of 2D films. He obtained a bachelors degree in 2015 from the University of Nottingham in Physics with Theoretical Physics; after his undergraduate degree he completed a masters degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge. Oliver is a DTA student at Fitzwilliam college.

Vlad P. Veigang-Radulescu
Extn: 48376, Email:vpv22 {at}

Vlad joined the Hofmann group as a PhD student in 2017. His work focuses on the growth and characterisation of 2D heterostructure materials. He obtained a MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London in 2017. He is a member of Wolfson College.

Ryo Mizuta
Extn: 48376, Email:rm832 {at}

Ryo joined the Hofmann group as a PhD student in 2017. His work focuses on the development of new CVD reactor designs for 2D material crystal growth and device integration. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Bath in Natural Sciences majoring in Physics, and began his postgraduate studies at Cambridge in 2016 as a student of the Doctoral Training Centre for Nanotechnology (NanoDTC). He is also a member of Christ's College.


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Former PhD students and Postdocs

Dr Marie-Blandine Martin, moved to: Thales (France)

Dr Stefan Tappertzhofen, moved to NMWP.NRW (Germany)

Dr Federico Panciera, moved to: NUS (Singapore)

Dr Andrea Cabrero-Vilatela, moved to: Imperial College London (UK)

Dr Sabina Caneva, moved to: University of Delft (Netherlands)

Dr Benjamin Michaelis, moved to: OSRAM (Germany)

Dr H. Aruni Fonseka, University of Warwick (UK)

Dr Andrew Gamalski, moved to: Intel Corporation (US)

Dr Ken Ogata, moved to: Samsung (Korea)

Dr Pola Goldberg Oppenheimer, moved to: University of Birmingham (UK)

Dr Adrianus Indrat Aria, moved to: Cranfield University (UK)

Dr Piran R. Kidambi, moved to: Vanderbilt University (US)

D. Thanuja L. Galhena, moved to: Graphene Ctr. Cambridge (UK)

Dr. Abhay A. Sagade, moved to: SRM University, Kattankulathur (India)

Project, summer and visiting (PhD) students

Sean Bourelle, Graphene CDT project student

Kate Sanders, NanoDTC project student

Edward Chalklen, IIB/4th year project student

Patrick R. Whelan, PhD exchange student from DTU Denmark

Daniel McMitchell, Graphene CDT project student

Michael Walker, NanoDTC project student

Omid Siddiqui, Sensor CDT project student

M Hadi Modarres, NanoDTC project student

Jamie Williams, Visiting PhD student from University of Leicester

Charles Creissen, NanoDTC project student

Eugen Hildebrandt, Master student from KIT Germany

Mustafa Caglar, Graphene CDT project student

Carmen Palacios Berraquero, NanoDTC project student

Cyan Williams, Graphene CDT project student

Tahmida Huq, Graphene CDT project student

Luis Pazos, NanoDTC project student

Zenas Van Veldhoven, Graphene CDT project student

Jasmine Rivett, NanoDTC project student

Andrew Salmon, NanoDTC project student

Adam E. Fraser,NanoDTC PhD student

Amalya Konstanyan, Nano- and Nanotechnology MPhil project student

Chris J. Kerr, NanoDTC PhD student

Sebastian John, NanoDTC project student

Kathrin Holtzmann,NanoDTC project student