Dr Richard Pilkington

Senior Lecturer

  • Newton Building Room 166
  • T: +44 (0)161 295 4176
  • E: r.d.pilkington@salford.ac.uk
  • SEEK: Research profile

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1978   BSc Physics/Chemistry, University of Salford

1985   PhD University of Salford

1982   Research Fellow, Dept of Chemistry

1984   Research Fellow, Dept. of Chemistry (University of Strathclyde)

1985   Research Fellow, Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

1987   Senior Teaching Company Assistant, Plessey

1990   Research Fellow, Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

1992   Lecturer, Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

1996   Lecturer, Dept. of Physics

1998   Senior Lecturer, Joule Physics Laboratory


Electronics & Optoelectronics

Electronics Laboratory

2nd Year Physics Laboratory

Frontiers of Physics

Computer Interfacing

Final Year Project Coordinator

Research Interests

The production of thin films of novel materials such as ternary and quaternary semiconductors e.g. Copper Indium/Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) with controlled properties. This work includes research into novel magnetron sputtering methods.

The interaction of laser radiation with various materials including carbon fibre composites stainless steel etc. Research concentrates on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). This is a fundamental experimental study to develop a new theoretical model to describe transient plasma events; replacing the existing stable plasma model. The feasibility of using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for the characterisation of bone, archaeological samples etc.


Karthikeyan S, Hill A E & Pilkington R.  2011 Nano-structured morphological features of pulsed direct current magnetron sputtered Mo films for photovoltaic applications. Thin Solid Films Volume 520, Issue 1, 266–271.

Cowpe J, Moorehead R, Moser D,  Astin S, Karthikeyan S, Kilcoyne S, Crofts G & Pilkington R. 2011, 'Hardness determination of bio-ceramics using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy', Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy.

Karthikeyan S, Hill A E, Pilkington R, Cowpe J, Hisek J & Bagnall D M. 2010, 'Single step deposition method for nearly stoichiometric CuInSe2 thin films', Thin Solid Fims, 519(10), pp.3107-3112.

Karthikeyan S, Hill A E, Cowpe J, & Pilkington R.  2010, 'The influence of operating parameters on pulsed D.C. magnetron sputtering plasma,', Vacuum, 85(5), pp.634-638.

Boag N, Jackson A D, Lickiss P D, Pilkington R & Redhouse A D. 2010, 'Trans-Bis(1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoropentane-2,4-dionato-kappa O-2,O ')bis(4-methyl-1,2,3-selenadiazole-kappa N-3)copper(II)', Acta Crystallographica Section E-Structure Reports Online, 66, pp.M241-U1437.

Cowpe J,  Pilkington R & Hill A E. 2009, 'The effect of ambient pressure on laser-induced silicon plasma temperature, density and morphology', Journal of Physics D:Applied Physics, 42, pp.1-8.

Cowpe J, Astin S, Pilkington R & Hill A E.  2008, 'Temporally resolved laser induced plasma diagnostics of single crystal silicon - Effects of ambient pressure', Spectrochimica Acta Part B, 63(10), pp.1066-1071.

Pilkington R, Cowpe J, Astin S & Hill A E. 2008, 'Application of Response Surface Methodology to laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy: Influences of hardware configuration', Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy , Vol 62, Iss 12, pp.1335-1342.