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Dr John Bunning

Dr John Bunning BSc (Hons), GradCert Education, PhD, M Inst Phys, C Phys

Principal lecturer and Quality Enhancement Coordinator for the Department of Computing


I have worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 1989, initially as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics and since its closure, in the Department of Computing.

Prior to this I spent 5 years lecturing in Physics at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic and 2 years at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.


I have spent 3 years at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, working as a Post Doctoral Research Assistant and 3 years teaching physics at a school in Derbyshire.

Most of my teaching is on aspects of Physics to a variety of courses, including Science Education, Sport Technology and Business and Enterprise.


My academic research has been in the field of liquid crystals, particularly measuring physical properties of these compounds, such as elastic constants, birefringence, order and structure. This has resulted in a number of academic publications.


Journal articles

Dharmadasa, I., Bunning, J.D., Samantilleke, A.P., & Shen, T. (2005). Effects of multi-defects at metal/semiconductor interfaces on electrical properties and their influence on stability and lifetime of thin film solar cells. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 86 (3), 373-384.

Theses / Dissertations

Forde, D.J. (2000). FTIR and X-ray investigation of triphenylene based discotic liquid crystals. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Bunning, J., & Spells, S.

Other activities

I am a member of the Institute of Physics and the Module Leader for Physics for the Northern Consortium of UK Universities.

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