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Universe Dr Christopher Chen was featured on BBC2's programme, Universe: The Sun.
29 October 2021

The Astronomy Unit's Dr Christopher Chen, Senior Lecturer in Space Plasma Physics from the Queen Mary University of London featured on BBC2's programme, Universe: The Sun.

SPCS students work to highlight the scientific contributions of minoritised communities.
12 October 2021

Black History Month is important for raising awareness around racial inequalities while holding a spotlight to and celebrating black inspirational figures. 

Pearson's Inauguaral HE Innovate Awards Department of Chemistry a winner at Pearson’s inaugural HE Innovate Awards
20 September 2021

Department of Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London has won the award for ‘Most innovative hybrid or blended learning project’ at the first ever HE Innovate Awards.

Christopher Chen American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane Medal Dr Christopher Chen awarded medal for outstanding contributions to space science
15 September 2021

Dr Christopher Chen from Queen Mary University of London has won American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane Medal for his significant contributions to the geophysical sciences as an early career scientist.

Michael Royal Society Award Queen Mary University of London professors awarded prestigious medals by the Royal Society
24 August 2021

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

QMUL Science and Engineering Faculty of Science and Engineering establishes new School structure to continue delivering excellence in research and education
2 August 2021

The proposal to create a new School structure in Queen Mary’s Faculty of Science and Engineering has recently been approved by Senate and Council.

QMUL's Astronomical Observatory Captures Solar Eclipse
11 June 2021

Members of the Astronomy Unit gathered at the School of Physics and Astronomy's Observatory to witness the recent partial solar eclipse.

Queen Mary Physicist stars in new documentary opposite Stephen Hawking
8 June 2021

‘A black hole is stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers. It’s a region of space where gravity is so strong that nothing can escape. Once you are over the edge, there’s no way back’

– Stephen Hawking

World Environment Day - Delivering the Battery Revolution
4 June 2021

As part of a series of events running up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021, Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with the National Battery Research Institute and the British Council will be running the workshop ‘Delivering battery revolution: Reducing the drivers of climate change in Indonesia’. The workshop aims to explore the role of the Island nations role in climate change, both globally and locally.

The primordial goo created by the Big Bang may have flowed like water.
3 June 2021

“We do not fully understand the origin of this striking similarity yet but we think it could be related to the fundamental physical constants which set both the universal lower limit of viscosity for both ordinary liquids and quark-gluon plasma,” Kostya Trachenko, a physics professor at Queen Mary University of London and author of the recent paper, said in the statement.

Sanjaye's diagram Linguistic Matrix Theory
24 May 2021

A collection of short articles based on the research of Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam (CRST, QMUL) in the area of ``Linguistic Matrix Theory.’’

Important plasma waves in the solar atmosphere identified by AU researchers
11 May 2021

AU researchers have confirmed the existence of magnetic plasma waves, known as Alfvén waves, in the Sun’s photosphere.

A sky view of HERA National Space Day – Celebrating Queen Mary’s Astronomy Unit and their work exploring the Cosmos
7 May 2021

On the first Friday of May each year, countries around the world celebrate National Space Day. Established in the late 1990s, National Space Day encourages people to explore the wonders of the universe and promote cutting-edge astronomy and astrophysics research.

SEPnet Public Engagement Awards 2021
26 March 2021

Public engagement is central to Queen Mary’s commitment to work and collaborate with our local community for the good of all. We work hard to make sure that the world-class research carried out by the university and the School of Physics and Astronomy is understood and enjoyed by the public.

QMUL's Astronomy Unit Celebrates International Women's Day
8 March 2021

On Monday 8th March 2021, QMUL's Astronomy Unit celebrated International Women's Day by showcasing current staff, alumni, and eminent astrophysicists. A selection of tweets celebrating this day can be found below.

A decorative image of Queen Mary students in a laboratory Celebrating Queen Mary Women in Science
22 February 2021

The UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) aims to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. 


Research led by the AU finds black holes could reach ‘stupendously large’ sizes
20 January 2021

A recent study suggests the possible existence of ‘stupendously large black holes’ or SLABS, even larger than the supermassive black holes already observed in the centres of galaxies.

Chromosol logo Queen Mary spinout Chromosol wins Royal Society of Chemistry competition
30 September 2020

Chromosol, a spinout company from Queen Mary University of London has been announced as a winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

Computational Collaboration Project No 5 ImageCCP% Prof Kostya Trachenko awarded prestigious EPSRC-CCP Physics Prize
24 September 2020

Congratulations to Prof. Kostya Trachenko for receiving the EPSRC-CCP Physics Prize this year.

Nishma Thakor, GSK Meet the Placement student - Nishma Thakor, BSc Chemistry with a Year in Industry
15 September 2020

We spoke to Nishma, who reflected on her time as a placement student at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Supply Chain at Ware in the Incoming Materials Quality Control Laboratory.

Simranjeet_Duhra Meet the Undergraduate - Simranjeet Duhra, MSci Chemistry
12 August 2020

Simranjeet is going into her final year of her MSci Chemistry degree and in this blog reflects on her time so far, including the impact of the pandemic on studying.

Naeem Ahmed Student blog- How to survive uni life, Naeem Ahmed
11 August 2020

Naeem is just going into his final year of studying BSc Chemistry and in this blog shares his tips and tricks for new students

Tayibb_Ahmed_Saddique Meet the Undergraduate - Tayyib Ahmed Saddique, MSci Chemistry
11 August 2020

Tayyib has recently graduated from his MSci Chemistry degree and in this blog he explains what studying the subject at Queen Mary has been like 

European Commission H2020 Funding Opportunity Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (2020 Call) Calls for Expressions of Interest
29 May 2020

European Fellowships

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.

Universal Effect of Excitation Dispersion on the Heat Capacity and Gapped States in Fluids Nikita P. Kryuchkov, Lukiya A. Mistryukova, Andrei V. Sapelkin, Vadim V. Brazhkin, and Stanislav O. Yurchenko Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 125501 – Published 14 September 2020
21 May 2020

The article dealing with collective excitations (or "molecular dances") marks a successful collaboration between the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics and the Bauman Moscow State Technical University and Institute for High Pressure Physics RAS, also in Moscow.




First-Principles Many-Body Nonadditive Polarization Energies from Monomer and Dimer Calculations Only: A Case Study on Water
21 May 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 ( 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.