Research interests: Functional nanomaterials; spatial atomic layer deposition; metal oxides; 2D nanomaterials; perovskite photovoltaics; high-frequency diodes; optoelectronic devices; memristive devices; chemical sensors; cancer theranostics
Professor Kevin Musselman performed his doctoral studies in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge with Professor Judith Driscoll. In 2010, Musselman was appointed the Hertha Ayrton Junior Research Fellow in Science at Girton College, Cambridge University. He performed his research in the Department of Physics with Sir Richard Friend and Professor Neil Greenham.
Musselman joined the University of Waterloo in 2015, where his research focuses on the development of functional nanomaterials for a variety of devices and applications, including photovoltaic solar cells, LEDs, high-frequency diodes, resistive memory, cancer theranostics, and novel sensors.
Musselman has developed atmospheric pressure spatial atomic layer deposition (AP-SALD) technology, including the construction of the first AP-SALD systems in Canada, and has helped pioneer the integration of AP-SALD thin films in (opto)electronic devices, including solar cells, LEDs, quantum-tunneling metal-insulator-metal diodes, and memristive devices. With Waterloo collaborators, he has also developed ultrafast laser processing techniques for the fabrication of novel 2D nanoparticles.
Notable distinctions include an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2019), Queen's University Engineering Excellence Award (2019), and University of Waterloo Engineering Research Excellence Award (2020).
- PhD, University of Cambridge, 2010
- MSc, University of British Columbia, 2006
- BSc, Queen's University, 2004
Professor Musselman's research focuses on the development of functional nanomaterials for a variety of applications, with a particular emphasis on sustainability and health. Materials of interest include nanostructured metal oxides, nanoparticles of 2D materials, and metal halide perovskites, among others. Current topics of focus include:
- Developing scalable manufacturing processes for nanomaterials, including new spatial atomic layer deposition techniques
- Improving the stability of next-generation devices, such as perovskite photovoltaics
- Developing 2D materials for chemical sensing of toxic heavy metal pollutants
- Developing 2D materials for cancer imaging and therapy
- Integrating combinatorial approaches and machine learning into the development of nanomaterials
Our group has modern facilities for nanomaterial synthesis, device fabrication, and device characterization. Facilities include:
- Wet chemistry
- Electrochemical workstation
- Spatial atomic layer deposition systems
- Glovebox device fabrication (spin coater, evaporator)
- Impedance spectroscopy
- Large-area class AAA solar simulator
- Steady-state and transient photoluminescence
- Photothermal conversion efficiency
Recent publications include:
Xiao, Ming, Daozhi Shen, Moritz H. Futscher, Bruno Ehrler, Kevin P. Musselman, Walter W. Duley, and Y. Norman Zhou. Threshold Switching in Single Metal‐Oxide Nanobelt Devices Emulating an Artificial Nociceptor. Advanced Electronic Materials (2019).
Elsharabasy, Ahmed Y., Abdullah H. Alshehri, Mohamed H. Bakr, M. Jamal Deen, Kevin P. Musselman, and Mustafa Yavuz. Near zero-bias MIIM diode based on TiO2/ZnO for energy harvesting applications.AIP Advances 9, no. 11 (2019).
Ibrahim, Khaled, Inna Novodchuk, Kissan Mistry, Michael Singh, Christopher Ling, Joseph Sanderson, Michal Bajcsy, Mustafa Yavuz, and Kevin P. Musselman. Laser‐Directed Assembly of Nanorods of 2D Materials. Small 15, no. 46 (2019).
Desai, Neha D., Kishorkumar V. Khot, Tukaram Dongale, Kevin P. Musselman, and Popatrao N. Bhosale. Development of dye sensitized TiO2 thin films for efficient energy harvesting. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 790 (2019).
Xiao, Ming, Travis Yeow, Viet Huong Nguyen, David Muñoz‐Rojas, Kevin P. Musselman, Walter W. Duley, and Y. Norman Zhou. Ultrathin TiOx Interface‐Mediated ZnO‐Nanowire Memristive Devices Emulating Synaptic Behaviors. Advanced Electronic Materials 5, no. 6 (2019).
Yeow, Travis, Jing Sun, Zheng Yao, Jean-Nicolas Jaubert, and Kevin P. Musselman. Evaluation of impedance spectroscopy as a tool to characterize degradation mechanisms in silicon photovoltaics. Solar Energy 184 (2019).
Alshehri, Abdullah H., Kissan Mistry, Viet Huong Nguyen, Khaled H. Ibrahim, David Muñoz‐Rojas, Mustafa Yavuz, and Kevin P. Musselman. Metal‐Insulator‐Metal Diodes: Quantum‐Tunneling Metal‐Insulator‐Metal Diodes Made by Rapid Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition (Adv. Funct. Mater. 7/2019). Advanced Functional Materials 29, no. 7 (2019).
Alshehri, Abdullah H., Kissan Mistry, Viet Huong Nguyen, Khaled H. Ibrahim, David Muñoz‐Rojas, Mustafa Yavuz, and Kevin P. Musselman. Quantum‐Tunneling Metal‐Insulator‐Metal Diodes Made by Rapid Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition. Advanced Functional Materials 29, no. 7 (2019).
Elsharabasy, Ahmed Y., Abdullah H. Alshehri, Mohamed H. Bakr, M. Jamal Deen, Kevin P. Musselman, and Mustafa Yavuz. Near zero-bias MIIM diode based on TiO2/ZnO for energy harvesting applications. AIP Advances 9, no. 11 (2019).
Please see Kevin Musselman's Google Scholar profile for a current list of his peer-reviewed articles.