William Morrish - co-supervised with Al Meldrum
I grew up in rural Alberta and graduated from the University of Alberta. My background is primarily in physics and computing science. I have a wide range of academic interests, including astro- and high energy physics, but especially condensed matter physics. I am also very interested in the intersection of physics and computing, whether that be writing code to investigate physical principles or applying physics to make computers better, faster, and smaller. My area of research is hybrid nanomaterials using ultrafast spectroscopy with a focus on the use of biomaterials as a lasing medium. Outside of the lab, I enjoy photography, playing video games, spending time with my family, and reading.
I grew up in the northern island of the Philippines and eventually received my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics from the University of the Philippines. I obtained my MSc. in Physics from the National University of Malaysia where I worked on photoacoustics for material characterization. Then after several years of teaching, I decided to pursue my PhD in the University of Alberta. Here, I am privileged to have Dr. Frank Hegmann as my mentor and whose expertise in THz spectroscopy gave me a chance to investigate carrier dynamics in semiconductors at the ultrafast scale. Far from the white sand beaches, I now enjoy the hiking trails in Edmonton and the majestic views of the Rockies.
I was born and raised in Edmonton and I completed my undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Alberta. I chose to stay to do my graduate studies in the Ultrafast Nanotools lab because of my great experience with research here as an undergrad. My scientific interests are focused on the use of intense terahertz pulses to probe nonlinear dynamics in transient states of matter. I am especially interested in luminescent materials and exploring the use of terahertz pulses to quench, enhance, and even drive light emission. Away from the lab, I like to be active in my free time by playing sports. I enjoy volleyball and basketball in the winter and ultimate frisbee and beach in the summer.
I attended the University of Alberta where I obtained an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics and a Masters degree in Physics. I am now a PhD student, and my research focuses on experimentally investigating light-matter interactions. I grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and with nature at my doorstep I grew to enjoy hiking, camping, photography and woodworking.