Dr Alan Drew

Dr Alan Drew

Reader in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Telephone: 020 7882 3435
Room: G O Jones 222
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Research Interests:

Dr Alan Drew is a recently appointed Leverhulme Fellow in the Condensed Matter Physics Group (CMP) at Queen Mary, University of London and a 'collaborateur externe' (Visiting Research Fellow) in the Physics Department, University of Fribourg. His main research interests are using spin sensitive probes situated at central facilities to characterise and understand the fundamental properties of materials, as well as laboratory based research (e.g magnetic, structural and electrical characterisation, thin film growth, raman/IR spectroscopy, electro/photo luminescence). His main interests are understanding spin and charge carrier dynamics in organic materials and the properties of materials with novel quantum mechanical states. Further details can be found on his website: http://www.mmp.ph.qmul.ac.uk/~drew/

Funding ID

  • £966, Royal Society International Travel Grant "Spin coherent transport in organic materials: the effect of interfaces": 4/12/2009 - 14/12/2009. Primary Investigator.
  • £267,447 (2009-2012), EPSRC "Investigation of intrinsic charge and spin transport mechanisms in organic molecules". Awarded 1 postdoc, equipment (vacuum storage vessel), travel & consumables. Primary Investigator.
  • £1978, ISIS Experiment Consumables. Primary Investigator.
  • £81,000 (September 2008 - September 2011), Early Career Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust: Awarded 50% salary (£66,000 over 3 years) at QMUL and research expenses (£15,000 over three years). Primary Investigator.
  • CHF 600,000 (submission date September 2007), Swiss National Science Foundation (Independent Research) 200020-119784: Awarded for 2 postdocs, 2 PhD students, general lab running costs/consumables, travel on the interplay of magnetic correlations with electronic transport and superconductivity in oxides with strongly correlated charge carriers and subsequent multilayers. Co-investigator (PI:Prof. C. Bernhard).
  • CHF 330,000 (submission date February 2007), Swiss National Science Foundation (R' Equip) 206021-117403: Awarded for a multipurpose chemical vapour deposition system and carousel for sample transfer from existing pulsed laser deposition system. Co-investigator (PI: Prof K Fromm).
  • CHF 800,000 (2006-2009) FriMat private donation: Awarded for pulsed laser deposition system, consumables, 1 postdoc and 1 PhD student dedicated to epitaxial perovskite oxide growth. Co-investigator (PI:Prof. C. Bernhard).
  • CHF 250,000 (submission date February 2006), Swiss National Science Foundation (R'Equip) 206021-113057: Awarded part payment for pulsed laser deposition system for epitaxial perovskite oxide growth. Co-investigator (PI:Prof. C. Bernhard).
  • £3,162 (18th January - 20th March 2005. Paul Scherrer Institute), Royal Society International Short Visit: Awarded travel expenses for equipment development: Low Energy Muon Spin Rotation. Primary Investigator.
  • £50,000 (October 2004 - October 2006), Research Fellowship of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851: Awarded salary and research expenses. Primary Investigator.

Professional Activities

  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Queen Mary representative on the management committee of the Imperial-Queen Mary £6.5M DTC in plastic electronics.
  • Referee of a number of articles in scientific journals, including Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, New Journal of Physics and Physica B.
  • Referee for beamtime allocation on NIST NCNR, referee for the American Chemical Society and EPSRC research grant proposals.
  • Expert evaluator for the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community, unit G2 of Directorate General "Information Society and Media" of the European Commission.
  • Member of an international panel of experts: Radioactive Beam Research, IAEA, Vienna.
  • Member of the STFC Facilities Access Panel (ISIS FAP6).

Academic Positions

  • Sept 2008 - Present: Leverhulme Fellow, Department of Physics, Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Additional post: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (from September 2008).
  • Jan 2006 - Sept 2008: öberassistant (Senior scientist), Department of Physics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Additional posts: Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (until Oct 2006) & Visiting Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London (until September 2008).
  • Oct 2004 - Jan 2006: Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Split between: School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, UK; ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK; and the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland.
  • Oct 2003 - Sept 2004: Research Assistant, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews.


  • Oct 2000 - Aug 2004: Ph.D. Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews.
  • Oct 1999 - Sept 2000: M.Phil. Materials Engineering (M.Res.), University of Birmingham.
  • Sept 1996 - Sept 1999 2:1 B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics, University of Birmingham.

This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.


Selected publications

The new high field photoexcitation muon spectrometer at the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source
Yokoyama K, Lord JS, Murahari P et al.
Review of Scientific Instruments, 27th December 2016.
DOI: 10.1063/1.4972827

Temporal mapping of photochemical reactions and molecular excited states with carbon specificity
DREW AJ, wang K, Murahari P et al.
Nature Materials, 12th December 2016.
DOI: 10.1038/nmat4816

Spintronic and electronic phenomena in organic molecules measured with μSR
DREW AJ, Wang, Schulz L et al.
Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 15th September 2016.
DOI: 10.7566/JPSJ.85.091011

Muon spin spectroscopy: magnetism, soft matter and the bridge between the two
Nuccio L, Schulz L, Drew AJ
JOURNAL OF PHYSICS D-APPLIED PHYSICS, Volume 47, issue 47, 26th November 2014.
DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/47/47/473001

Importance of spin-orbit interaction for the electron spin relaxation in organic semiconductors.
Nuccio L, Willis M, Schulz L et al.
Phys Rev Lett, Volume 110, issue 21, page 216602, 24th May 2013.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.216602

Engineering spin propagation across a hybrid organic/inorganic interface using a polar layer.
Schulz L, Nuccio L, Willis M et al.
Nat Mater, Volume 10, issue 1, page 39, 1st January 2011.
DOI: 10.1038/nmat2912