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Dr Rowan Leary

Rowan Leary's current interests revolve around high resolution and novel three-dimensional characterisation via transmission electron microscopy. In pursuit of these tasks, he has developed a strong interest in 'compressed sensing', a sampling and recovery strategy capable of reconstructing signals from far fewer measurements than traditional theories dictate are necessary. He also has a particular interest in the characterisation of nanoparticulate catalysts. In 2015 he completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Paul Midgley. 

Before moving to Cambridge he obtained his MEng/BEng in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Leeds. There he worked under the supervision of Professor Rik Brydson for his undergraduate research project, and during a number of additional summer research projects, using and developing electron microscopy techniques. As part of these projects he has worked in connection with GlaxoSmithKline, with whom he also collaborated during a summer research project in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge (just before starting his PhD), supervised by Dr Richard Langford. 

Rowan also enjoys encouraging the development of other research students and has co-supervised undergraduate and summer placement A-level students. He is an Associate of the Cambridge Nano Science & Technology Doctoral Training Centre ( He has also lectured annually since 2011 on the 'Principles and Practice of Electron Tomography' at the Royal Microscopical Society Electron Microscopy School 

A list of Rowan's peer reviewed publications and conference presentations can be found 
here. A link to the Google Scholar page can be found here