School of Physics and Astronomy

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Snailv2 Best way to rid a garden of snails revealed by QMUL scientist
16 May 2014

Gardeners wanting to rid their spring flowerbeds of pesky snails may have to ditch the beer traps and egg shells and revert to developing a strong throwing arm, according to new research co-authored by a physicist at Queen Mary University of London. 

Congratulations to Dr Koji Yokoyama
27 October 2017

Congratulations to Dr Koji Yokoyama, one of our PDRAs working on the MuSES project with Alan Drew, who recently won the poster prize at the international conference on muon spin spectroscopy.

Dr Helen Duncan
27 October 2016

Congratulations to Dr Helen Duncan, who has been awarded her PhD for a thesis entitled Modelling local order in organic and metal-organic ferroic materials using the reverse Monte Carlo method and total neutron scattering, supervised by Dr Anthony Phillips and Prof. Martin Dove.

Two postdoctoral research assistant positions
27 October 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has two vacancies for 36 months for a Postdoctoral Research Assistants.

Liquid-like metals under pressurev2 Liquid-like metals under pressure
18 November 2016

There is currently a surge of interest in mechanical behaviour of nanoscale systems with the aim to understand if metastability in a variety of materials can be achieved, explained and indeed exploited.

New insights into the glass transition New insights into the glass transition
4 May 2011

What happens to a liquid when you cool it to obtain a glass? Despite the apparent simplicity of this question, understanding glass transition has defied the previous efforts of many theorists, and has become has become one of the "most interesting unsolved problem in solid state theory", according to eminent scientists. This is particularly exciting because we now claim to understand such exotic states of matter such as superfluidity and superconductivity, yet cooling a liquid to obtain glass comes across as conceptually simple.

small_graphical_abstractv2 Local insight into electric ordering
10 November 2016

Hybrid perovskite analogues – materials that combine small organic ions with metals to create a framework structure – have important applications in fields ranging from solar power generation to computing and data storage.

Experiments Exploiting Central Facilities
4 January 2016

The centre makes considerable use of beams of radiation produced at national facilities such as ISIS and Diamond. ISIS generates beams of neutrons and muons, and Diamond is a synchrotron that produces high-intensity beams of electromagnetic radiation of x-ray wavelengths and larger. 

pyrochlorev2 Functional Materials
6 January 2016

Functional materials have physical and chemical properties that are sensitive to a change in their environment: for instance, they might depend on temperature, pressure, electric field, magnetic field and optical wavelength.

Dr Alston J. Misquitta
13 February 2019

Congratulations to Dr Alston J. Misquitta who has received an International Exchange Cost Share (with CNRS) grant of £10.8K from the Royal Society. 

Professor Alan Drew
6 January 2019

Congratulations Prof Alan Drew  who has received a £20k Global Challenges Research fund (GCRF).  

Dr Jan Mol
27 October 2018

Dr Jan Mol has joined CCMMP as a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow. 

Dr Kostya Trachenko
2 September 2018

Dr Kostya Trachenko has been awarded an EPSRC innovation acceleration award (£45,600). 

Dr Andrei Sapelkin: Researcher Links Workshop grant 2019
30 April 2019

Congratulations to Dr Andrei Sapelkin who has received a Researcher Links Workshop grant of £49,536 from the British Council.  

British Council Researcher Links Workshop 2019, SPA, 3-5 September 2019
26 August 2019

On 3-5 September 2019 Dr Andrei Sapelkin will be running the Researcher Links Workshop 2019 sponsored by the British Council. The workshop title is "Collective dynamics and pair correlations in atomic and colloidal systems across coupling regimes". The workshop will bring together top experts in the field of structure and dynamics in complex many-body systems.

The aim of the workshop is to foster links between UK and Russian early carrier scientists (ECS). This workshop is a good opportunity for PhD and ECSs to show off their work, to get to know each other and to start collaborations. Some of the workshop events (mentor sessions, coffee, lunch, dinner) are only opened to the registered participants, but everyone is welcome to come along to the talks and poster sessions.