Colm Durkan


Role: Reader in Nanoscale Engineering

Partner: University of Cambridge

Dr. Colm Durkan is the founder and head of the Scanning Probe Microscopy and Nanoelectronics group at the Nanoscience centre of the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.

Originally from Dublin, Colm obtained his primary degree in Physics from Trinity College Dublin, with first class honours. He was also a Trinity College Foundation scholar, and was the recipient of the Fitzgerald medal in 1992.

Colm obtained his PhD in Physics, also from Trinity College, on the topic of Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (SNOM), and built the first SNOM in the country. After spending a postdoctoral period at Konstanz University in Germany, during which time he was awarded an Alexandar von Humboldt visiting fellows scholarship, he came to work in Cambridge in August 1997 as a postdoc in Mark Welland's group.

Colm has been a University lecturer with full tenure since July 2000 and a Reader in Nanoscale Engineering since October 2010. He is on the editorial board of the journals Ultramicroscopy, Microscopy and Imaging and ISRN Nanotechnology.

As well as over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, Colm has also written a textbook on nanoscale electronics. Colm's research is focused on functional nanoscale imaging and manipulation of functional materials at the nanoscale to better understand how to create novel devices and structures, and on sensors for a wide range of applications.