Charles is a senior research scientist in the Nanoanalysis Group. Charles's research has a focus on developing and understanding scanning probe microscopy techniques in order to give quantitative information on a surface at the nanoscale beyond 'pretty pictures'. He also has an interest in novel probe techniques such as scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM). He obtained his PhD from the university of Sheffield supervised by Prof Graham Leggett. Charles is the chair of the British standards institute panel on characterisation and measurement techniques in nanotechnologies (BSI NT1/1 Panel 2), a mirror committee for ISO TC229/JWG2.
He is a UK expert for ISO/TC229 (nanotechnologies) as well as the liaison officer between ISO TC201 and TC229. He is a key member of the international standardisation committee on scanning probe microscopy (ISO TC/201/SC9) including convenor of the probe properties sub-committee. He is the winner of the 2005 NPL Rayleigh award and organised the first three highly successful NMAET conferences and the RMS UK SPM 2009.
Charles is a member of the Institute of Physics and Royal Microscopical Society (RMS).