Sarah Haigh

Photograph of Sarah Haigh

Role: ICAM Director

Partner: The University of Manchester

Sarah Haigh is a Professor of Materials Characterisation at The University of Manchester, where she leads a research group that pioneers cutting edge electron microscopy characterisation in the field of 2D material heterostructures and inorganic nanoparticles.

Before moving to The University of Manchester in 2010, Sarah worked as consultant application specialist to JEOL UK. She completed her undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Material Science at the University of Oxford.

She is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers and sits on their Materials Science Committee. She was Chair of the Institute of Physics EMAG group (2016-2018), Honorary Secretary and Treasurer (2014-2016), a member of council for the RMS (2014-2018) and is on the advisory board for the EPSRC’s SuperSTEM laboratory

She has published over 160 peer review papers and has attracted grant funding of >£4M as principle investigator and >£27M as co-investigator.

She has won several award for her work including IOM3 Rosenhain Medal in 2017, the RMS Medal for Innovation in Applied Microscopy in 2016, School award for best undergraduate teaching scores in the material science and engineering programmes (2015) IOM3 Silver award in 2013.

Her research interests and teaching are complemented by a strong commitment to outreach. She is also committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion having led the Department of Materials’ successful Silver Athena Swan application.

She was appointed Deputy Director of the ICAM in 2019, and Director in 2020.