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Professor of Materials Science

BSc (Eng) Imperial College
PhD University of Cambridge

Materials Science of Functional Oxides

About me

I am Professor of Materials Science in Cambridge and Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Advanced Memory Materials.  I am a Visiting Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and am founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, APL Materials, from the American Institute of Physics ( I am a Fellow of the  Royal Academy of Engineering, the Materials Research Society, American Physical Society, IOM3, and IOP. 

About the work of the Driscoll group

Prof. Driscoll and her group’s research interests lie in the following areas and more details can be found on the Driscoll group website:

Theme 1. Efficient ICT.
Theme 2. Efficient Materials for Storage, generation and transmission.

We are concerned with the nanoscale design and tuning of functional oxide thin film materials for energy efficiency. The films are complex in terms of compositions, defects and interface effects. Also, for many applications device structural dimensions are required down to nanometre length-scales. Together, all these factors produce exciting challenges. 

Oxide thin films and interfaces

The Driscoll group uses nanoscience to engineer oxide materials. We focus on basic science through to application.  Our work is highly interdisciplinary straddling the fields of applied physics, chemistry and engineering. We work closely with industries in the UK and abroad and a number of our discoveries/inventions have been adopted by industry. We fabricate high quality thin films using advanced pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with laser heating and in-situ XPS. We also use atmospheric pressure spatial atomic layer deposition (AP-SALD), standard ALD, and sputtering.


Images: Structure and Properties of the LBMO/STO superlattice system. Layers of LBMO and STO are shown in different formats.Centre and right hand side show 40 uc and 5 uc LBMO superlattices with different levels of octahedral tilting depending on ability of the STO layer to pin the LBMO. Magnetisation and resistivity versus temperature of the 40 uc films show Tc above room temperature and critically an insulating behaviour also (10.1002/advs.201901606). 


  • H Wang, X Sun, JL MacManus-Driscoll,  SC Wimbush on "Spontaneous Patterning in the Growth of Oxides”, Annual Review of Materials Research, May 2020; 5, 14.1-14.25.
  • Choi EM, Maity T, Kursumovic A, Lu P, Lee OJ, Bi Z, Park Y, Wu R, Gopalan V, Wang H, MacManus-Driscoll JL, Nanoengineering Giant Room Temperature Ferroelectricity into Orthorhombic SmMnO3 Films, Nature Communications. May 2020; 11, 2207.
  • Kursumovic A, Cho S, The DHL, and MacManus-Driscoll JL, Lead-Free Relaxor Ferroelectric Thin Films with Huge Energy Storage Density and Low Dielectric Loss for High Temperature applications Nano Energy. May 2020; 71 , 104536.
  • W Li, B Zhu, Q He, AY Borisevich, C Yun, R Wu, P Lu, Z Qi, Q Wang, A Chen, H Wang, SA Cavill, KH Zhang, JL MacManus-Driscoll, “ Interface Engineered Room‐Temperature Ferromagnetic Insulating State in Ultrathin Manganite Films”, Advanced Science. Jan 2020; 7, 1901606.
  • EM Choi, A Di Bernardo, B Zhu, P Lu, H Alpern, KLH Zhang, T Shapira, J Feighan, X Sun, J Robinson, Y Paltiel, O Millo, H Wang, QX Jia, JL MacManus-Driscoll, "3D strain-induced superconductivity in La2CuO4+δ using a simple vertically aligned nanocomposite approach", Science Advances. April 2019; 5, eaav5532.