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Department of Engineering

Dr Matthew T. Cole


Matthew T. Cole

Oppenheimer Research Fellow

Academic Division: Electrical Engineering

Research group: Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science

Telephone: +44 1223 7 48304


Personal website


Research interests

Dr Cole’s research aims to develop nanostructured electron sources and integrate them into desktop-scale applications. The principle themes include: elucidating the underlying growth mechanisms of carbon nanotubes and graphene growth by chemical vapour deposition, developing routes towards aligned synthesis of carbon nanotubes, and the heterogeneous integration of various nanomaterials to develop truly portable diode and triode field emission electron and X-ray sources.

Many mass critical applications such as travelling wave tubes, microwave amplifiers and displays require inexpensive, light weight electron sources that can be rapidly modulated whilst free electron lasers and electron microscopy applications require high brightness and fine control over the beam properties. Novel emitter morphologies are investigated to facilitate beam profiling, enhanced collimation whilst simultaneously affording rapid pulsed operation, all of which are critical for incumbent food security, medical diagnostics, spectroscopy, and border control systems.

Research projects

Nanostructured field emission electron sources. Further details can be found by visiting my personal website

Teaching activity

Director of Studies in Engineering – St Edmunds’ College

Research opportunities

  • Fourth year projects available.
  • Short-term summer projects available (unfunded).

n.b. Due to competition, preference will be given to incumbent University of Cambridge students.

Other positions

  • Tutor – St Edmunds’ College
  • Deputy Admissions Tutor – St Edmunds’ College


Dr Cole is a postdoctoral Research Fellow investigating the large area heterogeneous integration of chemical vapour deposited carbon nanotechnology. He is based in the Department of Engineering at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics and the Centre for Large Area Electronics. Dr Cole gained an MEng (Hons) in Engineering Sciences from Oxford University in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (FIoN), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Chartered Physicist (CPhys), a Eur Ing, and a STEM ambassador. He has won an Isaac Newton Trust Fellowship (2011), a Winston Churchill Trust Fellowship (2012), and the International Young Scientist Research Fellowship (2013). He has spent time as a visiting scholar at Harvard University, a research associate at Sharp Laboratories of Europe and is an AIXTRON Nanoinstruments Research Fellow.