Biography: dr. Stephen Potts

Stephen Potts is a Chemistry Teaching Fellow at University College London (UCL, UK) with a focus on e-learning techniques. He graduated from UCL with an MSci degree in Chemistry in 2005. He stayed at UCL to undertake a PhD in materials chemistry, during which he designed and synthesised a variety of novel imido-, cyclopentadienyl- and guanidinate-based precursors for chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD) processes to tungsten and zirconium (carbo)nitride films. In 2008, he began a postdoctoral position at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Plasma & Materials Processing group. He focused on the testing of new metalorganic precursors to oxide, nitride and metallic films and the development of low-temperature (<150 °C) ALD processes suitable for temperature-sensitive substrates and corrosion protection. During his time in Eindhoven, he was the winner of the Electrochemical Society’s Norman Hackerman Young Author of the Year Award (2010) for his article “Low Temperature Plasma-Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition of Metal Oxide Thin Films”. In 2013, Stephen returned to the UK to focus on teaching matters as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry (Teaching & Scholarship) at Queen Mary University of London. He was responsible for teaching undergraduate chemistry courses from foundation up to third year level, with a particular focus on transition metal coordination chemistry. His teaching research involved the introduction of tablets to first-year undergraduates and development of the lab skills acquisition record. His efforts were recognised in 2016, when students voted him “Teacher of the Year” at the Queen Mary Student Union awards. At UCL, aside from undergraduate teaching, Stephen’s role has a particular focus on e-learning methods for enhancing the student (and staff) experience, although he can always spare time for ALD and precursor-related matters.