Ian Shuttleworth

Ian Shuttleworth

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Physics and Mathematics


Dr Shuttleworth is involved with the following:


  • PHYS34622 Project & Professional Skills
  • PHYS32712 Ballistics and Firearms
  • PHYS22223 Optics & Semiconductors
  • PHYS22234 Thermal & Environmental Physics


  • 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's computational investigations are supported by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).


SHUTTLEWORTH, I.G., 2018. Binding site transitions across strained oxygenated and hydroxylated Pt(111). ChemistryOpen, 7 (5), pp. 356-369. ISSN 2191-1363

SHUTTLEWORTH, I.G., 2017. Development of the ReaxFF reactive force-field description of gold oxides. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121 (45), pp. 25255-25270. ISSN 1932-7447

SHUTTLEWORTH, I.G., 2017. Strain engineering of H/transition metal systems. Surface Science, 661, pp. 49-59. ISSN 0039-6028.

SHUTTLEWORTH, I.G., 2016. Controlled FCC/on-top binding of H/Pt(111) using surface stress. Applied Surface Science, 378, pp. 286-292. ISSN 0169-4332

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