Dr Rachel C Evans
Email: raevans AT tcd.ie
Dr Rachel Evans is currently the Ussher Assistant Professor in Device Fabrication within the School of Chemistry and leads the Materials and Device Photochemistry Group. The group’s research is focused on the design, development and characterisation of functional hybrid materials for application in optical sensors and photovoltaic devices. We use interfacial engineering to manipulate and control the conformation, orientation or dimensionality of photoactive molecules, clusters and polymers and to understand the influence that this has on the photophysical properties in solution, thin films and gels. Our interdisciplinary research transects the fields of physical and materials chemistry and involves the use of a wide range of spectroscopic, microscopic and scattering characterisation techniques, in addition to sol-gel and thin film preparation.
Dr Rachel Evans graduated with a First Class MChem degree from Swansea University (UK) in 2002. Following a year working in industry, Rachel embarked on PhD studies in Physical Chemistry at Swansea, during which she spent time as a Marie Curie Training Fellow at the Universidade de Aveiro (Portugual), graduating in 2007. She was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Ronald Belcher Memorial Lectureship in 2007 for her PhD research and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Université Paris-Sud (France), supported by a Marie Curie Fellowship. In 2008 Rachel returned to Portugal as an FCT independent research fellow between the Universidade de Aveiro and Universidade de Coimbra. She cut this fellowship short in 2009 to move to Trinity College Dublin, first as a contract lecturer, before later being appointed to her current faculty position in 2011.