Leonard Deepak Francis

Group Leader
Nanostructured Materials

Leonard Deepak Francis is a group leader in the Department of Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL). His broad area of research is focused on the use of advanced electron microscopic techniques for the study of materials/nanomaterials for various applications, as well as in the study of fundamental physical phenomena and dynamics at the nanoscale. He also employs the Focused Ion Beam (FIB) technique extensively towards the investigations of nanodevices.

Leonard received his Ph.D. in 2005 from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral fellow (2006–2008) at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Leonard has published more than 95 papers and 8 review articles in major international journals. In addition he has three book chapters. Two of his articles have made it to the cover page of journals. He served as the guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Nano Materials: Nanomaterial Properties: Size and Shape Dependencies. He has participated in two major European projects: NANOHVAC and NANoReg and three regional projects. Currently he is involved in several national projects (funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and the ERDF through COMPETE2020). In addition he is an acting referee for various ACS, RSC and Elsevier journals among others. More recently he has edited two books entitled “Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy – Applications to Nanomaterials” – Springer (2015) and “Metal Nanoparticles and Clusters: Advances in Synthesis, Properties and Applications” – Springer (2018). Leonard also holds 3 joint patents. His articles have been cited over 1000 times in total and has a h-index of 26.

Selected Publications

  • E. A. Anumol, A. N. Enyashin, F. L. Deepak
    Single Walled BiI3 Nanotubes Encapsulated within Carbon Nanotubes
    Scientific Reports 2018, 8, 10133.
  • Junjie Li, Zhongchang Wang and Francis Leonard Deepak
    Direct Atomic-Scale Observation of Intermediate Pathways of Melting and Crystallization in Supported Bi-Nanoparticles
    J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9, 961–969
  • Francis Leonard Deepak and Gilberto Casillas
    Recent Highlights in advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques: Applications to nanomaterials
    (Specialist Periodical Reports, Royal Society of Chemistry), Vol 4, 2017, 4, 29-56 (Eds: P. John Thomas and Neerish Revaprasadu).
  • E. A. Anumol, A. N. Enyashin, N. M. Batra, P. M. F. J. Costa and Francis Leonard

    Structural and chemical analysis of gadolinium halides encapsulated within WS2 nanotubes
    Nanoscale 2016, 8, 12170-12181
  • Nitin M Batra, Shashikant P Patole, Ahmed Abdelkader, Dalaver H Anjum, Francis Leonard Deepak and Pedro M F J Costa
    Structural changes of electron and ion beam-deposited contacts in annealed carbon-based electrical devices
    Nanotechnology, 2015, 26, 445301.