The Centre for Condensed Mater and Material Physics, part of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), welcomes Expressions of Interest for researchers to apply jointly with a QMUL host supervisor, to the European Commission’s 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual European Fellowship Scheme.
Lei Tan has been selected to present a poster at the ‘STEM for Britain’ exhibition held in UK parliament on 9th March 2020.
First-Principles Many-Body Nonadditive Polarization Energies from Monomer and Dimer Calculations Only: A Case Study on Water
Rory A. J. Gilmore, Martin T. Dove, and Alston J. Misquitta
J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2020, 16, 224−242
In this paper from Rory's research work we have demonstrated how accurate many-body non-additive interaction models can be constructed for water in a general way that is applicable to other many-body molecular systems. Using the CamCASP code (https://app.ph.qmul.ac.uk/wiki/ajm:camcasp:start) and the iterated stockholder atoms algorithm and recent developments in SAPT(DFT) made here at QMUL, we have shown how these physics-based models can be constructed using a tiny fraction of the data normally used. We are now using these same ideas to make many-body models for larger, more complex systems together with Prof Sally Price from UCL in a collaboration funded by AWE.
Scientists discover just how runny a liquid can be
24 April 2020
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and the Russian Academy of Sciences have found a limit to how runny a liquid can be.
Viscosity, the measure of how runny a fluid is, is a property that we experience daily when we fill a kettle, take a shower, pour cooking oil or move through air.
We know that liquids get thicker when cooled and runnier when heated, but how runny can a liquid ever get if we keep heating it?
CCMMP Research Highlights in Nature - part 2
14 April 2020
The gemstone alexandrite has the remarkable ability to change colour under different lighting. Now, scientists have found that this trick is an optical illusion that hinges on how humans perceive colour.
Alexandrite stones appear to be a brilliant emerald green in daylight, but a rich ruby red under candlelight. By measuring the light that the stones transmit, David Dunstan at Queen Mary University of London and his colleagues found that alexandrite’s chromium atoms absorb both yellow and blue light, leaving green and red light to reach a viewer’s eye. That helps to explain the gem’s green tones when illuminated by sunshine, which is dominated by green wavelengths.
Using the specialised X-ray diffraction equipment at the Materials Characterisation Lab at ISIS (MCL), a collaboration involving scientists from the University of Surrey and three London universities has been able to investigate the effect of the different structures in hard carbons on ionic diffusion. Expanding on this with muon spectroscopy on EMU, they have also been able to test the materials after acting as an anode in a sodium-ion battery, explaining why these materials exhibit poor performance in practical testing
CCMMP Research Highlights in Nature - part 1
13 January 2020
Physicists have made the most precise measurements ever of deformations in the shape of a wire. They did the experiment inside the 60-metre-tall column in central London known as the Monument — built in the 1670s to commemorate the city’s great fire of 1666.
Working at night, when the landmark is closed to tourists, Waris Ali at Queen Mary University of London and his colleagues hung a 50-metre-long wire down the shaft of the Monument’s spiral staircase. They then twisted and untwisted the wire from its bottom tip, and allowed it to come to rest again.
Dr Jan Mol begins Future Leaders Fellowship
1 January 2020
Dr Jan Mol begun a Future Leaders fellowship in January 2020, funded by the
"The Future Leaders Fellowships will enable the most promising researchers and innovators to become leaders in their fields, working on subjects as diverse as climate change, dementia and quantum computing."
Dr Mark Baxendale gives plenary lecture "Magnetic carbon nanotubes for biotechnology" at 17th International Symposium on Bioscience and Nanotechnology, Toyo University, Japan, 6 December 2019
1 January 2020
Dr Mark Baxendale gave a plenary lecture "Magnetic carbon nanotubes for biotechnology" at 17th International Symposium on Bioscience and Nanotechnology, Toyo University, Japan, 6 December 2019