Jim Doyle specializes in materials science and plasma physics, specifically in the application of low temperature laboratory plasmas to thin film growth and the surface modification of materials. Current projects include studies of zinc oxide deposition by magnetron sputtering for transparent conducting oxide applications in solar cells, and deposition and surface modification of bio-materials using hydrogen and hydrocarbon plasma discharges. As part of the latter project he is also interested in the biophysics of protein adsorption on surfaces.
The research is primarily experimental but also has a computational component. He has also recently started a new computational project on modeling the energy storage requirements when large amounts of solar and wind energy are added to the electrical grid.