Department of Physics and Astronomy
Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Alex Shluger's group
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David Mora Fonz

About me

I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineer at UJAT (Mexico) in 2011. In 2012, I moved to London to start my PhD in Computational Chemistry under the supervision of Prof Richard Catlow at UCL. I received my PhD in 2016 and continued to work in collaboration with the UK Catalysis Hub at Harwell until 2017. From 2017, I am working as Research Associate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCL as part of the group of Prof. Alexander Shluger.

My main research interests can be summarised under the headings interatomic potentials development, metal oxides, surface science, catalysis and global optimisation methods. During my PhD, my particular interest was directed at the clean and defective surfaces of metal oxides and their interaction with supported nanoparticles for catalytic purposes.


Defects in Solid Materials My research, in the group of Prof Alexander Shluger, focusses on the study of amorphous metal oxides for electronic applications. These oxides include ZnO, SnO2, ZnSnO. My main goal is to provide detailed information on the atomic and electronic structure of these amorphous materials for the development and understanding of the next generation of optoelectronics. Specifically, at the moment, my work involves the study of flexible and cheap materials with high levels of conductivity and transparency.


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