Dr Lidija Siller
Reader in Nanoscale Science

Roles and Responsibilities

PG Academic Selector in the School of CEAM
Research Committee in School of CEAM
University Research Committee in Chemical Nanoscience


BSc (Zagreb)
PhD (Cambridge)

Previous Positions

01/1996 – 9/1999 The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, UK
12/1994 – 12/1995 EC Postdoctoral Fellow at the, Physics department, University of Modena, Italy.


Institute of Physics (IOP)

Honours and Awards

EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, UK (1999-2004)

Associate Western Universities Fellowship, Washington State, USA (1999)

The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship, UK (1996-1999)

EC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Condensed Matter, Italy (1995)

Bryce Tebb Graduate Scholarship, Girton College, Cambridge. Awarded twice, in two consecutive years 1991/1992 and 1992/1993.

ORS Award



Informal Interests

Reading, music, geography, travel and painting

Research Interests

Nanoscale science and nanotechnology
Physics and Chemistry at Solid Surfaces
Optical, electronic and structural properties of nanoscale materials Electron and Photon stimulated desorption in ices

Research themes:
Products and Processes

Chemical Engineering Science

Other Expertise

High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS), photoemission, X-ray emission and X-ray absorption (NEXAFS),

Postgraduate Supervision

Currently I am supervisor of 2 PhD students
1. Mr. Luis Alves, Luis.Alves@ncl.ac.uk
2. Mr. Paul Coxon, P.R.Coxon@ncl.ac.uk

Currently in the research group are two very capable Post Doctorate Researchers
1. Marrie Currie Incoming Fellow
Dr. Yuriy Butenko, Yuriy.Butenko@ncl.ac.uk

2. Dr. Abel Brieva, Abel.Brieva@ncl.ac.uk

I have supervised successfully three PhD students: Dr. Y. Chao, Dr. M. Montalti, Dr. S. Krishnamurthy.

I am always very keen to start a new PhD or MPhil project especially with bright and enthusiastic students who would like to join us!

Esteem Indicators

Discovery of gold nitride has been the subject of significant media attention. I was interviewed by BBC Radio Newcastle, The Journal newspaper, and by ITV news. The discovery was also published on the BBC News web pages23, Physics World web pages, in Process Engineering, November 2003 issue (Centaur Publishing Ltd) and articles have appeared in other international newspapers and journals such as Physicist (Australia), Advanced Packaging (USA), and The Hindu (India).
The gold nitride work has been also featured in Sunday Times, 28th January 2007.

Invited presentations on work of gold nitride at Chalmers University, Sweden; Institute for Physics, Zagreb, Croatia; NCESS, Daresbury, U.K.

Referee for EPSRC College (since 2000)

Referee and Panel Member for DTI

Referee for Panel meetings (Material Science, Physics, Large National facilities)

Member of the Steering committee for the Portfolio partnership award in Nanophotonics - funded by EPSRC

Hon. Secretary of North-East Institute of Physics (IOP) branch, 2001-2003.

Referee for the following International research journals:
Physical Review B
Applied Physics Letters
Surface Science
Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
Nuclear Instruments and Methods B
Surfaces and Coatings
Materials Characterisation
Thin Solid Films

External and internal PhD thesis examiner

I am member of the newly formed EPSRC funded ‘AstroSurf’ Network (Surface Science applications in Laboratory Astrophysics)

Industrial Relevance


Specialist Equipment
Kratos XPS machine.


1.Contaminat Removal Method, international patent No. PCT/GB99/03409

2.L. Šiller, S. Krishnamurthy and Y. Chao, Method of making gold nitride, UK patent, GB 0413036.5, 10th June 2004

Undergraduate Teaching

CME4005 Nanoscale science I (Module leader and teaching 100%)
CME4006 Nanotechnology I (Module leader and teaching 100%)

Postgraduate Teaching

CME8056 Materials Manufacturing and Processes

CME881 Nanomaterials