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Monica Craciun is Professor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Exeter, which she joined in 2010 as Research Fellow. She was appointed to Senior Lecturer in 2012, to Associate Professor in 2014 and to her current role in 2017. Prof Craciun currently holds one of the 5-year EPSRC Engineering Fellowships for Growth (£1.45m) awarded to leading UK academics in the area of Advanced Materials and was investigator on more than 30 funded research projects. Prior to joining Exeter she held a very prestigious fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2007-2009, at the University of Tokyo), she was postdoctoral researcher (2006-2007, at the University of Twente, The Netherlands), and gained a PhD in Applied Physics (2006, from Technical University Delft, The Netherlands).
Her academic work spans from applied research in nanotechnology, electronic and optoelectronic devices to fundamental research in nanoscience (quantum phenomena, molecular electronics, nano electronics, spintronics) and materials science. She currently leads a group hosting over 35 researchers including one Royal Academy of Engineering Research fellowship, one Royal Academy of Engineering Entrepreneurial fellowship and two EU Marie Curie fellowships. Her current research focuses on two dimensional materials (i.e. graphene, functionalised graphene, dichalcogenides), as well as their use in emerging technologies such as highly efficient solar cells, light emitting devices, electronic textiles and multifunctional smart coatings.
The research outputs of her group are of the highest calibre, with over 200 publications in leading international journals (e.g. Nature & Science family journals, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano) and several papers ranked in the top 1% in Materials Science & Engineering and Physics. Her most notable contributions include the discovery that trilayer graphene is the only gate-tuneable semimetal [Nature Nanotech. 2009]; the discovery of GraphExeter (i.e. few-layer graphene intercalated with FeCl3), the best carbon-based transparent conductor [Adv. Mater. 2012]; a novel growth method for graphene [Adv. Mater. 2015]; the design of fast, highly efficient two dimensional opto-electronics [Adv. Mater. (2017)]; GraphExeter devices for high-definition sensing and video technologies [Science Advances (2017)].