Ian Shuttleworth

Ian Shuttleworth

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Physics and Mathematics


Dr Shuttleworth is involved with the following:


  • PHYS32221 Advanced Experimental Techniques
  • PHYS12513 Introduction to Laboratory Software
  • PHYS32712 Ballistics and Firearms
  • Level 2 Physics Laboratories


  • Density functional theory (DFT) investigations of chemical processes at surfaces

Career overview

Dr Shuttleworth started his career with a PhD in Surface Physics earned at the Cavendish Laboratories, Cambridge University. He then took up post-doctoral positions at both the University of Nottingham and then Rutgers University, before accepting a faculty position in the Middle East. He has subsequently returned to the UK and to the position he currently holds at NTU.

Research areas

Dr Shuttleworth's research interests lie in the field of chemical processes that occur during heterogeneous catalysis – that is, when the phase of the catalyst is different to the phase of the reactants. Broadly, investigations within his group follow the themes of:

  • Surface and interfacial science
  • Nano-chemistry, and defect chemistry

Current project fields include:

  • Strain engineering, and its consequences for catalysis
  • The development of reaction potentials to simulate solid state process

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Shuttleworth is currently performing research-level simulations of physical systems using supercomputing facilities backed by both the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC, UK) and the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST, KSA).


Controlled FCC/on-top binding of H/Pt(111) using surface stress. Shuttleworth IG, Applied Surface Science, 2016, 378, 286-292

Strategies for reducing basis set superposition error (BSSE) in O/Au and O/Ni. Shuttleworth IG, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, 2015, 86, 19-26

The magnetic properties of Ce/Pd surface alloys investigated using DFT. Shuttleworth IG, Chemical Physics Letters, 2014, 605-606, 5-9

The direct inversion of Helium Atom Scattering (HAS) diffraction spectra. Shuttleworth IG, Surface Review and Letters, 2012, 19 (1), 1250008

The catalytic properties of sub-surface H layers on Cu(111). Shuttleworth IG, Chemical Physics Letters, 2011, 514, 119-123

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