Simon Brown

ProfessorSimon Brown

West - Room 808
Internal Phone: 94255


Research Interests

My main research interest is in the properties of nanometre scale particles (called 'atomic clusters') and in developing ways of building nano-electronic devices from these clusters - we are focused on neuromorphic computing ("a computer chip that thinks like the brain"). We also have a the only scanning tunneling microscope in NZ. This allows us to study novel nanostructures with atomic scale precision - we focus on topological instlators and related materials.

Recent Publications

  • Chan JR., Casey-Stevens CA., Le Ster M., Shaib A., Tadich A., Cowie BCC., Trodahl HJ., Brown SA., Granville S. and Ruck BJ. (2023) Epitaxial growth of gadolinium and samarium thin films and their subsequent facile nitridation at ambient temperatures. Applied Surface Science 632
  • Mallinson JB., Heywood ZE., Daniels RK., Arnold MD., Bones PJ. and Brown SA. (2023) Reservoir computing using networks of memristors: effects of topology and heterogeneity. Nanoscale 15(22): 9663-9674.
  • Salehitaleghani S., Maerkl T., Kowalczyk PJ., Le Ster M., Wang X., Bian G., Chiang TC. and Brown SA. (2023) Edge states of α-bismuthene nanostructures. 2D Materials 10(1)
  • Salehitaleghani S., Maerkl T., Kowalczyk PJ., Wang X., Bian G., Chiang TC. and Brown SA. (2023) Moiré pattern modulated topological phase and in-gap edge modes in α-antimonene. Applied Surface Science 635
  • Bose SK., Mallinson JB., Galli E., Acharya SK., Minnai C., Bones PJ. and Brown SA. (2022) Neuromorphic behaviour in discontinuous metal films. Nanoscale Horizons 7(4): 437-445.

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