The University of Southampton

Daniel Newbrook 

Daniel Newbrook is a Post Doctoral Researcher in the Sustainable Electronic Technologies (SET) research group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. He studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton, recieving a first class honours degree in 2017. He then studied for his PhD under the supervision of Kees de Groot, working toward a thesis entitled "Characterisation of thin film thermoelectric materials deposited by low pressure chemical vapour deposition". Following his PhD he started a post doctoral research position at the University of Southampton, on an EPSRC IAA project on the development of flexible thermoelectric generators for energy generation from heat pipes.


Research interests

  • Thermoelectric characterisation of thin film materials including Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivitiy, and thermal conductivity.
  • Development of methods for the measurements of thin film thermal conductivity, using frequency domain techniques.
  • Improving thermoelectric performance by alloying, nanostructuring, and quantum confinement of thin film materials.
  • Thermoelectric generator device optimisation by using simulation, mathematical modelling, and neural networks.
  • Microfabrication of thermoelectric generators


Newbrook, Daniel, William, Huang, Ruomeng, Richards, Stephen P., Sharma, Shivank, Reid, Gillian, Hector, Andrew L. and De Groot, Cornelis (2019) Mathematical model and optimization of a thin-film thermoelectric generator. Journal of Physics: Energy. (doi:10.1088/2515-7655/ab4242).

Newbrook, Daniel William, Richards, Stephen P., Greenacre, Victoria, Hector, Andrew L., Levason, William, Reid, Gillian, De Groot, Cornelis and Huang, Ruomeng (2020) Selective chemical vapor deposition approach for Sb2Te3 thin film micro-thermoelectric generators. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3 (6), 5840-5846. (doi:10.1021/acsaem.0c00766).

Cicvarić, Katarina, Meng, Lingcong, Newbrook, Daniel W., Huang, Ruomeng, Ye, Sheng, Zhang, Wenjian, Hector, Andrew L., Reid, Gillian, Bartlett, Philip N. and De Groot, C.H. Kees (2020) Thermoelectric properties of bismuth telluride thin films electrodeposited from a non-aqueous solution. ACS Omega, 5 (24), 14679-14688. (doi:10.1021/acsomega.0c01284).

Newbrook, Daniel William, Richards, Stephen P, Greenacre, Victoria, Hector, Andrew L., Levason, William, Reid, Gillian, De Groot, C.H. and Huang, Ruomeng (2020) Improved thermoelectric performance of Bi2Se3 alloyed Bi2Te3 thin films via low pressure chemical vapour deposition. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 848, [156523]. (doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2020.156523).

Robinson, Fred, Newbrook, Daniel William, Curran, Peter, De Groot, Kees, Hardie, Duncan, Hector, Andrew L., Huang, Ruomeng and Reid, Gillian (2021) Low temperature CVD of thermoelectric SnTe thin films from the single source precursor, [nBu3Sn(TenBu)]. Dalton Transactions, 50 (3), 998-1006. (doi:10.1039/D0DT03760E).

Robinson, Fred, Curran, Peter J., De Groot, Kees, Hardie, Duncan, Hector, Andrew L., Holloway, Katherine, Huang, Ruomeng, Newbrook, Daniel, William and Reid, Gillian (2021) nBu2Sn(SnBu)2 and nBu3SnEnBu (E = S or Se) - effective single source precursors for the CVD of SnS and SnSe thermoelectric thin films. Materials Advances, 2 (14), 4814-4823. (doi:10.1039/D1MA00331C).

Zhu, Yuxiao, Newbrook, Daniel, William, Dai, Peng, De Groot, Kees and Huang, Ruomeng (2021) Artificial neural network enabled accurate geometrical design and optimisation of thermoelectric generator. Applied Energy - Elsevier, 305, [117800]. (doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.117800).


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