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Dr Uche Onwukwe
Research Fellow


Uche is a researcher with a background in Materials Science and a PhD in biomimetics towards the green synthesis of functional materials. They have  extensive experience in the use of various characterisation techniques including electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), various spectroscopic techniques (Raman, FTIR, UV-VIS-NIR) , a range of X-Ray techniques (XRF, XRD) and an understanding of the use of  different thermal techniques. 

Their research interests lies in nanomaterials synthesis and characterisation, biomimetics and presently in circular economy - specifically  phytomining and hyperaccumulators. 


Some of the works Uche has carried out are 

  • Microplastics Investigation using Perkin Elmer Micro FTIR.
  • Method development for microplastic investigation using KORE Time of Flight Secondary Ions Mass Spectrometry (TOF -SIMS).
  • Low asbestos content investigation on the Jeol 2100- TEM.
  • Heavy metal contamination investigation on biomass and soil samples using a Rigaku X-Ray Fluoresence (XRF) spectroscopy.
  • Lithium investigation in biomass samples and various subtrate using TOF-SIMS.  
  • Scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) imaging and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy   (EELS) on organic samples.

Uche also holds the following posts:

Ionising radiation and laser safety committee (IRLCA) member (Brunel University)

Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS)

Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) champion 

Newest selected publications

Onwukwe, U. and Anguilano, L. (Accepted) 'Advanced Characterizations of Oxides for Optoelectronic Applications', in Ray, A. (ed.) Oxide Electronics.

Book chapter

Salimian, A., Hasnath, A., Anguilano, L., Onwukwe, U., Aminishahsavarani, A., Sachez, C. and et al. (2020) 'Highly conductive zinc oxide based transparent conductive oxide films prepared using RF plasma sputtering under reducing atmosphere'. Coatings, 10 (5). pp. 1 - 17.Open Access Link

Journal article

Jaffer Al-Timimi, IA., Onwukwe, UK., Worsley, MP. and Sermon, PA. (2016) 'Biomimetic TiO2 formation from interfacial sol-gel chemistry leading to new photocatalysts'.SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering. San Diego, CA. 13 - 31 August. SPIE. pp. 99280E - 99280E. ISSN: 0277-786X

Conference paper
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