Monterey Jack


I'm Jack, and I go by the nickname Monterey Jack (yes, the American cheese). I work in research at the University of Southampton, and specialise in nanotechnology, photovoltaics, and software development. Some of my favourite things include coffee, sarcasm, food, coffee, computers, driving, and coffee.

I design websites for individuals, groups and businesses, helping them manage their web presence. This is something I have done since 2009 and thoroughly enjoy. You can find out more about this here.

I am an electronic engineer from Crawley, West Sussex. In 2015 I moved to Southampton to study at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. In 2018, I was given a full doctoral scholarship after completing a research project with the Centre for Hybrid Biodevices. Later that year, I moved to the Sustainable Electronic Technologies group where, under the supervision of Dr. Stuart Boden and Dr. Tasmiat Rahman, I began work on multi-scale ‘hybrid’ black silicon technologies for photovoltaic applications. This research project was conducted in partnership with the University of Oxford under the million pound Black Silicon Photovoltaics research grant (EP/R005303/1).

My PhD is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics (CDT-PV - EP/L01551X/1), a multi-million pound research conglomerate involving seven other universities in the UK. The CDT-PV allowed me to study at the Universities of Bath, Cambridge, Liverpool, Loughborough, Oxford, and Sheffield.

I was also lucky enough to become friends with the other members of the CDT-PV, who are without a doubt some of the most intelligent and loving people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I often refer to these guys as my CDT family, especially after being on placement with them for a total of 14 weeks throughout the first year of my PhD!

Aside from work, I enjoy playing my guitar, driving to explore new places, and working on random computer-based projects. Naturally, I do this whilst drinking substantial quantities of coffee.