Surface and nanometer scale properties of materials. Study of mechanical properties using nanoindentation and of surface atomic structure and transport processes using scanning tunnelling microscopy. Development of atom resolved AFM and force spectroscopy of single bonds.
Holweck Medal, Sociéte Francaise de Physique & IoP, 2002
Hughes Medal, Royal Society, 2001
Rosenhain Medal and Prize, Institute of Materials, 1997
Sabbatical Chair, Sony corporation R&D, Japan, 1993-4