Eleanor Campbell


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Femtosecond Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Fullerenes<br/>Graphene-based nanoparticle detector<br/>Growth, functionalisation and properties of carbon nanotubes

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Personal profile


BSc (1st class hons) in Chemical Physics (University of Edinburgh 1982)

PhD in Chemistry (University of Edinburgh, 1985)

Dr.rer.nat.habil in Experimental Physics (University of Freiburg, 1992)


Visiting and Research Positions

Guest Professor, Division of Quantum Phases and Devices, Konkuk University, South Korea

Current Research Interests

Research in the ECampbell group ranges from very fundamental studies of the ionisation mechanisms and electron dynamics in complex molecules in the gas phase to the potential applications of nanocarbon materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene. The gas phase work involves the combination of femtosecond laser excitation/ionisation and velocity map imaging to simultaneously determine the photoelectron kinetic energies and angular distributions of the electrons. We are particularly interested in the interplay between thermal and direct photoionisation processes and in controlling the binding energies of diffuse Rydberg-like states in fullerene molecules via endohedral and exohedral functionalisation. Nanocarbon material research is concerned with fundamental studies of the growth and characterisation of carbon nanotubes and graphene and also in the manipulation and chemical functionalisation of these materials for porential applications such as carbon capture or gas sensing.

My research in a nutshell

Experimental studies of the formation, fundamental properties, manipulation and potential applications of carbon-based nanomaterials.


  • QD Chemistry
  • nanocarbon
  • fs photoelectron spectroscopy
  • velocity map imaging
  • fullerenes
  • CNT chemical functionalisation
  • QC Physics
  • molecular physics fullerenes
  • nanoelectromechanical systems


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  • Academia Europaea

    Campbell, Eleanor (Recipient), 24 Oct 2018

    Prize: Election to learned society