Associate Professor Jennifer MacLeod

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PhD (Queen's University at Kingston), MSc (Queen's University at Kingston)

Jennifer MacLeod holds MSc and PhD degrees in Physics from Queen’s University (Canada), where she worked on instrumentation development for scanning tunneling microscopy studies of semiconductor surfaces.

Jennifer has since held an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Università degli Studi di Trieste (Italy) and a Research Associate position at INRS (Canada), where she worked on a range of topics in nanoscience.  Her current research interests include self-assembly and reactions of molecules at surfaces, and the growth and modification of graphene and other 2D materials.  She draws on a range of experimental and computational techniques, with a focus on using scanning probe microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to elucidate these systems.

Funded projects

  • 2017-2019: Electronic Structure on Both Sides of the Fermi Level in Molecular Material
    ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
    Jennifer MacLeod
  • 2016-2018:  Graphene-based Thin Film Supercapacitors
    Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaborative Science Fund (QCAS)
    Nunzio Motta, Yuegang Zhang, Peter Talbot, Jose Alarco, Geoffrey Will, Anthony O’Mullane, Jennifer MacLeod, Cheng Yan

Projects (Chief investigator)


Additional information

Supervision of HDR students

Dr. MacLeod currently supervises PhD and MSc students in the following areas:

  • 2D Materials (applications and fundamental studies)
  • Surface-confined reactions of small aromatic molecules
  • Spatial constraint of graphene through ion-beam patterning
  • Hybrid materials based on graphene, BN and MoS2
  • Graphene for supercapacitors
  • Graphene coatings for corrosion protection
  • Controlled synthesis of covalent organic frameworks
  • Materials modification through energetic beams

Professional Service
Refereeing:  Publons

Conference organization:

  • Organizing Committee, 9th Vacuum and Surface Science Conference of Asia and Australia, Sydney, NSW, 13-16 August 2018.
  • Organizing Committee, International Symposium on Advanced Materials & Sustainable Technologies, Brisbane, QLD, 22-25 July 2018.
  • Conference Chair, 42nd Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 30 January – 02 February 2018.
  • Organizing Committee, NanoS-E3 International School and Workshop, Brisbane, QLD, 26-29 September 2017.
  • Local Organizing Committee, 5th International Symposium on Graphene Devices, Brisbane, QLD, 11-14 July 2016.
  • Organizing Committee, NanoS-E3 International School and Workshop, Kingscliffe, NSW, 27 September-2 October 2015.
Electronic Structure on Both Sides of the Fermi Level in Molecular Material
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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