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Currently looking for excellent PhD candidates to join my group - if you are interested in completing a PhD on cutting edge imaging of 2D materials for water purification, quantum devices or energy efficient communications, or nanoparticles for improved reducing carbon emissions get in touch by email with a CV.


Sarah Haigh is a Professor of Materials Characterisation at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests centre on improving our understanding of nanomaterials structure and properties using transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging and analysis techniques. She has a particular interest in (i) advanced TEM characterisation of functional 2D materials and vertical stacked heterostructures and (ii) in developing in situ TEM imaging methods. Before moving to the University of Manchester in 2010 she worked as consultant application specialist to JEOL UK. She completed undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Material Science at the University of Oxford (2004 and 2008). In her doctoral studies she developed exit wave restoration techniques from series of high resolution TEM images under the supervision of Prof Angus Kirkland. She is an elected Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers and sits on their Material Science Committee and Venture Prize Committee. She was Chair of the Institute of Physics EMAG group (2016-2018) and EMAG Honorary Secretary and Treasurer (2014-2016) and a member of council for the RMS (2014-2018). She is Director of the University of Manchester’s Electron Microscopy Centre in the School of Natural Sciences. She is also Director of the bp International Centre for Advanced Materials an academic-industrial collaboration set up with $100M investment from bp and focused on research towards net zero. She has published more than 200 peer reviewed journal papers as an independent academic, including more than 45 as corresponding author, and 5 book chapters (H-index =61, over 18000 citations).


Research interests

My research group focuses on studying the structure and properties of nanomaterials using high resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging and spectroscopic analysis. Current research projects include:
·Imaging and analysis of novel 2D crystal heterostructure devices
·Developing optimal approaches for electron tomography to allow 3D structure and elemental analysis of complex nanostructured materials (with particular interest in the study of metal nanoparticles)
·Development and application of in-situ high spatial resolution energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy techniques to allow elemental analysis of nanomaterials transformations in liquids and gases
·Compositional analysis of nanoscale precipitates in high performance alloys using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).
·Ion induced degradation of nanomaterials and heterostructures

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Manchester Energy
  • Energy
  • National Graphene Institute


  • TEM
  • 2D materials
  • graphene
  • nano particles
  • Nanomaterials
  • nanotechnology
  • Microscopy


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