KP Technology collaborates with many research institutes and universities all over the world. Susanna Challinger is an industrial PhD student under the supervision of Professor Iain Baikie and Professor Ifor Samuels at the University of St Andrews.
Susanna works on materials analysis at KP Technology studying the energy levels of materials using the company’s scanning Kelvin probe, ambient pressure photoemission and surface photovoltage techniques alongside aiming to advance the instrumentation used to measure the energy levels of materials including diamond, perovskite solar cells and silicon nanowires. Additionally, building on KP Technology’s considerable research experience in high-resolution work function imaging she looked to recover latent fingerprints from metallic surfaces using electronic imaging. Susanna’s research forms the basis of an industrial PhD linked to the Organic Semiconductors Group at the University of St Andrews. In 2016, Susanna was awarded an Industrial Fellowship to support this work, funded by the ERA Foundation, from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
KP Technology also contribute to the funding of a PhD student, Matyas Daboczi, under the supervision of Professor Ji-Seon Kim at Imperial College London.