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Dr Dan Read

Dr Dan Read

Senior Lecturer
Condensed Matter and Photonics Group
Equality and Diversity Officer

School of Physics and Astronomy

+44 (0)29 2087 5112
N/1.07, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
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Available for postgraduate supervision


I'm a Senior Lecturer in Experimental Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. My expertise are in the fields of nanoscale science and technology (in particular nanoscale magnetism).

As well as trying to further our understanding of fundamental physics relating to magnetism I am also looking to improve or replace current data storage technologies such as hard disk drives. I'm also very interested in using magnetic sensors for a variety of applications. I have more than 15 years experience in magnetism and magnetic materials.

Previous academic duties

  • Director of Postgraduate Studies
  • Chair of the Postgraduate Committee
  • Elected member of the School Board
  • Member of the Research Committee
  • Member of the Equality & Diversity Committee


I joined the academic staff at Cardiff University as a senior lecturer at the end of 2011.

Before moving to Cardiff I spent several years as a research fellow at Imperial College London working on a variety of projects relating to nanoscale magnetism and spintronics.

Prior to my position in London I worked as a post doctoral research associate at Florida State University. My work at FSU was mostly concerned with magnetic materials growth and nanoscale patterning techniques for spintronics applications.

I obtained my first degree and PhD from Durham University.

Professional memberships

  • Committee Member of the UK Magnetics Society
  • Member of the Institute of Physics
  • Member of the American Physical Society
  • GMAG Member


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I am currently on research leave and so am not undertaking teaching duties in the 2017-2018 academic session. My previous teaching duties have included;

  • Year 1 & 2 tutorials
  • Year 3 & 4 project supervision
  • Magnetism, Superconductivity & their Applications
  • Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
  • Gregynog (residential course for MPhys students)

My research work focusses on nanoscale science and technology (in particular nanoscale magnetism) and is aimed at understanding fundamental physics, improving data storage technologies and developing new magnetic sensors.

Broadly speaking my research interests relate to magnetism and spintronics. I am particularly interested in studying new and interesting functional nanoscale magnetic materials for technological applications.

Most recently I have worked on studying the effects of patterning magnetic materials on the nanoscale and investigating how changes in shape, chemical composition and structure affect their properties. I am especially interested in studying these systems in order to improve their application for future data storage technologies, but I am also interested in their usefulness as magnetic sensors (amongst other things).

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Past projects

I currently supervise the following postgraduate students;

  • Alex Evans
  • Josh Jones
  • Shawkat Jubair

I previously supervised the following postgraduate students;

  • Simon Olivari
  • Kane Esien
  • Matt Hunt

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