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Christopher Ashcroft

Technical Assistant - Patents

PhD Physics / Molecular Engineering (awaiting graduation), Cambridge University MSci Physics, Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB)

Languages:
English
Spanish

 

Christopher graduated from Queen's University, Belfast with a 1st class honours degree in Physics (MSci) in 2013. His research project focused on the controlled injection of domain wall structures in inorganic ferroelectric materials, in an effort to devise new nano-data storage devices.

 

Upon completing his honours degree he was accepted on to a PhD programme in Molecular Engineering of non-linear optical (NLO) materials at The Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

 

His research explored new classes of dipolar organic and octupolar organometallic materials for telecoms applications, where computations have predicted them to serve with superior NLO properties. This work provides a significant fundamental contribution to a current dearth in material science. It is salient given the applicability of such materials in the development of next-generation all-optical circuitry, micro/nano-optical data storage devices and telecoms.

 

Christopher joined Maucher Jenkins in May 2019 and is currently working towards qualification as a Patent Attorney.

 

Interests outside work:

 

Outside of work Christopher is a keen oenophile, holding a WSET Level 2 & 3 in wine. He also enjoys classic literature, opera and good coffee.

 

Publications:

 

Ashcroft, C. M.; Jacqueline M. Cole; Boardman, E. A.; Lin, T.-C.; Perez-Moreno, J.; Clays, K. Molecular Origins of the Nonlinear Optical Responses of a Series of α-(X-2-Pyridylamino)-o-Cresol Chromophores from Concerted X-Ray Diffraction, Hyper-Rayleigh Scattering, and Ab Initio Calculations. J. Phys. Chem. C 2019, 123 (1), 665–676.

 

Cole, J. M.; Ashcroft, C. M. Generic Classification Scheme for Second-Order Dipolar Nonlinear Optical Organometallic Complexes That Exhibit Second Harmonic Generation. J. Phys. Chem. A 2018.

 

Cole, J. M.; Lin, T.-C.; Ashcroft, C. M.; Perez-Moreno, J.; Tan, Y.; Venkatesan, P.; Higginbotham, A. P.; Pattison, P.; Edwards, A. J.; Piltz, R. O.; et al. Relating the Structure of Geminal Amido Esters to Their Molecular Hyperpolarizability. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120 (51), 29439–29448.

 

Whyte, J. R.; McQuaid, R. G. P.; Ashcroft, C. M.; Einsle, J. F.; Canalias, C.; Gruverman, A.; Gregg, J. M. Sequential Injection of Domain Walls into Ferroelectrics at Different Bias Voltages: Paving the Way for “Domain Wall Memristors.” J. Appl. Phys. 2014, 116 (6), 066813.

 

Ashcroft, C. M.; Cole, J. M. Ch. 18 Molecular Engineering of Organic and Organometallic Second-Order Non-Linear Optical Materials. In Handbook of Organic Materials for Electronic and Photonic Devices; Elsevier.

 

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