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I obtained my B.Sc (Hons) and PhD in Physics from Bristol University before joining the CSIR in South Africa where I developed convergent beam electron diffraction techniques to study crystal defects and became National Advisor on high-resolution electron microscopy. In 1989 I moved to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA) as a Staff Scientist and co-developed atomic resolution Z-contrast imaging with Dr. Steve Pennycook. During this period I was one of the first researchers to pioneer the field of strained layer self-assembly and quantum dot formation to which entire symposia at major materials conferences are now devoted. In 2000 I moved to Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) as a Reader in Physics to establish a nanodynamics group which focussed on the role of misfit strain in the self-organisation of quantum dot systems. In 2003 I then moved to Monash University in Melbourne, Australia as Professor of Physics and Deputy Head of School to create a cutting-edge low energy electron microscopy (LEEM) research group. This led to the development of Lloyd’s Mirror PEEM which facilitates the extraction of 3D information from 2D images and the first movies of Ga droplet dynamics which has elucidated a new driving force for motion during evaporation. In 2013 I became Chair of Experimental Physics and a Marie Curie Fellow at Cardiff University where my research group is applying LEEM to study quantum structure formation and dynamics.
Prof David Jesson is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Cardiff University and Condensed Matter and Photonics Group, Cardiff University.