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Dr. Tim Mercer

Dr. Tim Mercer

Senior Lecturer in Physics

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Leighton Building, LE113

+44 (0) 1772 89 3161

tmercer1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Physics

Dr. Tim Mercer is a Senior Lecturer in Physics in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy. He leads the Magnetic Materials Research Group and is a member of the Surface Patterning Group in the multi-disciplinary Institute of Nanotechnology & Bioengineering.

Full Profile

Dr. Tim Mercer is a Senior Physics Lecturer in the School, located in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy. His teaching responsibilities are primarily focussed on physics modules, including being the Module Leader for the first year physics laboratory and the final year BSc(Hons) and MPhys(Hons) Project Co-ordinator. His research interest in the area of Magnetic Materials was born out of his own undergraduate BSc(Hons) project, from which he went on to complete his PhD for studies on the dispersions of magnetic particles that are used to produce magnetic data storage media. He has carried out postgraduate and postdoctoral work at Southampton, Preston and Liverpool on a number of projects, including the fabrication and characterisation of thin films that exhibit Colossal Magnetoresistance and noise studies on advanced dual-layer magnetic recording media as a means of probing the structure of assemblies of magnetic nanoparticles. Prior to his academic career, Tim was an Avionics Technician in the Royal Air Force and a Technician Trainer and Product Support Engineer at British Aerospace. He has other work experience as a Sales/Automation Engineer, an IT help-desk Engineer and as a Software Engineer building LabVIEW test tools for an aerospace defence contractor.

Recently, Tim's research in magnetic materials has widened to include two further themes:

  • Multiferroic composite materials with interest in their magnetic properties, the Magneto-Electric effect, electrical excitation and the interactions between these aspects. These multifunctional materials are of high interest because of their potential applications in the continuing miniaturisation of technology.
  • Magnetic nanoparticles that have potential biomedical, decontamination and catalysis applications.

Qualifications
PhD Magnetic Materials/Applied Physics, UCLan, 2002
BSc(Hons) Applied Physics & Astronomy, UCLan, 1995
BTec HND in Aerospace Studies (Avionics), Royal Air Force, 1983

Publications

Peer-reviewed papers indexed in the Thomson-Reuters ISI (Web of Knowledge) science indexes:

T. Mercer and P.R. Bissell, "The Observed Linearity and Detection Response of Magnetic Fluid Concentration Magnetometry - A Theoretical and Experimental Description", IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (in Press)

T. Mercer and P. R. Bissell,"Measurement of the Structural Unit in magnetic dispersions", European. Physical Journal Web of Conferences, 40 (2013) 01003

T. Sen, S. J. Sheppard, T. Mercer, M. Eizadi-sharifabad, M. Mahmoudi and A. Elihissi “Simple one-pot fabrication of ultra-stable core-shell superparamagnetic nanoparticles for potential application in drug delivery” RSC Advances, 2 (2012) 5221

T. Sen, I.J Bruce and T. Mercer, “Fabrication of novel hierarchically ordered porous magnetic nanocomposites for bio-catalysis”, Chemical Communications, 46 (2010) 6807.

More publications

Research

In addition to continuing work on Magnetic Fluids, Tim is also currently involved with investigations on Multiferroic composite materials with interest in their magnetic properties, the Magneto-Electric effect, electrical excitation and the interactions between these aspects and Superparamagnetic nanoparticles that have potential biomedical, decontamination and catalysis applications.

Projects

Effects on the magnetic properties of electrically activated multiferroic composites (in collaboration with NPL).

Study of porous magnetic nano composites for bio-catalysis and drug delivery.

Multifunctional Nanocomposites for the Separation of Pollutants from Industrial and Municipal Sewage Water (joint project in collaboration with Fudan University, China and Feedwater Ltd. UK).

Social Media

UCLan Magnetics

 

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

AP1011 First Year Physics Laboratories (Module Leader)

AP1840 Waves and Optics

MS1063 Maths for Engineers

AP2857 Interfacing and LabVIEW

AP3031 Research Methods

AP3215 Virtual Instrumentation

AP3950 Third Year BSc (Hons) Projects

AP4852 Advanced Laboratory

AP4852 Fourth Year MPhys (Hons) Project

Project Co-ordinator for the BSc (Hons) and MPhys (Hons) Projects

Conferences

Oral and Poster presentations at the prime International Magnetics Conferences such as MMM, Intermag, ICM & JEMS (Chicago 2013, Parma 2012, San Sebastian 2006, Amsterdam 2002, Grenoble 2001, Maastricht 1998, Cairns 1997).

"Physics Research and the New Parliament", House of Commons, London (2005).

Memberships

Member of the Institute of Physics