Sam Harrison

Sam Harrison




Sam Harrison works within WP2, studying the fate and behaviour of engineered nanomaterials.

I started my scientific life as a quantum physicist, theoretically and experimentally studying the optical and electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures for a wide variety of applications, such as the solar-powered production of hydrogen by photoelectrolysis, and high-speed lasers for next-generation data communications. For my Ph.D., I was a member of the Quantum Nanotechnology Group in Lancaster University’s Department of Physics, and I graduated in December 2016.

My work developing nanostructures has given me a unique perspective on their use, as well as experience working on interdisciplinary research, drawing on theory from areas such as nanotechnology, electrochemistry and semiconductor physics. I am excited to be applying this knowledge and my modelling experience to study the fate and behaviour of engineered nanomaterials as part of WP2.

My research interests are diverse, and I particularly enjoy studying our interactions with the natural world, and the implications of those interactions on us and on our planet as a whole. Ultimately, I am motivated by a desire to promote good environmental practices and to encourage sustainability.

Outside of academia, I enjoy all manner of outdoors-related activities, such as mountain running, climbing, mountaineering, cycling and hill walking.