Nick Bennett received a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Warwick in 2004. Later in the same year he began a PhD at the University of Surrey. His research thesis investigated the effects of strain on dopants in silicon. In 2007 Nick joined Newcastle University as a Postdoctoral Researcher, continuing work on nano-scale doping of silicon- and germanium-based materials. In 2009 he accepted a research position at Dublin City University, initially in a Postdoctoral Researcher position, before assuming a Lecturing role and leading two projects as Principal Investigator – the first on novel doping metrologies for nano-electronics/photovoltaics, and the second on silicon nano-pillars for thermoelectrics.
Since 2013 Nick has been Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University where he leads the Nano-Materials Lab. His research aims to enhance the electronic, optical and thermal properties of silicon-based materials for applications in energy harvesting devices, such as thermoelectric generators or photovoltaic cells. Dr Bennett is an author on over 50 research publications, has presented work at numerous conferences worldwide, including two invited talks. He leads the Nano-Materials Lab at Heriot-Watt, a research group which currently consists of himself, 4 PhD students and 1 Research Fellow. He is theme leader for ‘Energy Materials and Storage’ within HWU’s cross-disciplinary Energy Academy. He lectures on the topic of renewable energy technologies and is Programme Director of HWU’s MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering.