School of Physical Sciences


Dr. Donna Arnold was awarded her B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Hertfordshire in 1997, with a placement year spent conducting research at the University of Toledo, USA with Dr David Dollimore investigating rare earth oxalates. After a brief spell in the pharmaceutical industry, Donna completed a M.Sc. in New Materials at the University of Aberdeen (2000) and a PhD at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (2004), the latter working on the structure and electronic properties of porous manganese oxides, supervised by Dr Mark Green. She then moved to the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Crete to work with Dr Alexandros Lappas on superconducting layered oxides, before undertaking postdoctoral research at University College Cork, Ireland on functional nanomaterials at the Center for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) with Professor Michael Morris and Dr Justin Holmes. During this time she was instrumental in the design of the first patterned substrates manufactured by Intel to meet key research needs and received national recognition for this.  Donna then returned to the UK for further postdoctoral research at the University of St Andrews, working with Dr Finlay Morrison on novel ferroelectric and multiferroic materials.  Donna joined the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent as a Lecturer in Forensic Science in 2010.

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Vera Stimpson, L. et al. (2017). Investigation of the role of morphology on the magnetic properties of Ca2Mn3O8 materials. Dalton Transactions [Online] 46:14130-14138. Available at:
Carcan, B. et al. (2017). Phase diagram of BiFeO3/LaFeO3 superlattices: antiferroelectric-like state stability arising from strain effects and symmetry mismatch at heterointerfaces. Advanced Materials Interfaces [Online] 4:1601036. Available at:
Vera Stimpson, L. et al. (2017). Investigation of the role of morphology on the magnetic properties of Ca2Mn3O8 materials. Dalton Transactions [Online] 46:14130-14138. Available at:
Miller, A. et al. (2015). Effect of local A-site strain on dipole stability in A6GaNb9O30 (A = Ba, Sr, Ca) tetragonal tungsten bronze relaxor dielectrics. Dalton Transactions [Online] 44:10738-10745. Available at:
Lennox, R. et al. (2015). PZT-like structural phase transitions in the BiFeO3–KNbO3 solid solution. Dalton Transactions [Online] 44:10608-10613. Available at:
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Research Interests

My research interests lie in the synthesis and characterisation of functional oxide materials (both bulk and nanomaterials) with particular interest in the combination of magnetic and ferroelectric properties to form novel multiferroic materials. Multiferroic materials have many potential uses as sensors and memory devices; however, incorporating these two properties into a single material provides a significant challenge since they tend to be mutually exclusive. I am interested in synthesising novel multiferroic materials by combining ferroelectric and magnetic materials into single geometries to form composite materials (such as core-shell nanocables) or by incorporating small amounts of ions such as Mn or Fe into ferroelectric lattices to form dilute magnetic ferroelectrics (similar to the concept of dilute magnetic semiconductors). 
I am also interested in the understanding and improvement (through doping) of functional properties of known multiferroics such as BiFeO3.   

I have been invited to present my research findings at international conferences including the Rank Prize Funds minisymposium on Electro-Optic Nanostructured Arrays (Lake District, UK, 2006) and the 2nd UK-Taiwan, International Networking for Young Scientists, Symposium on Advanced Oxide Materials: Catalysis, Energy, and Spintronics, (Taipei, Taiwan, 2009).  Both these symposia aimed to bring promising young scientists together with eminent researchers in a field to further establish the career of the young scientist and build future national and international collaborations thus attendance at both symposia was by invitation only.  I have also received a best contributed talk at the Rank Prize Funds symposium which led in some part to the fruitful collaboration I enjoyed with Dr Morrison at the University of St Andrews. back to top

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Last Updated: 19/10/2017