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Durham University

Centre for Materials Physics

 Centre for Materials Physics

Vision Statement: Materials Physics is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic fields in modern physics, encompassing all aspects of the solid and liquids states of matter. This breadth is reflected in the research undertaken at Durham which spans a wide range of subjects from light emitting polymers and solar cell materials to nanoscale magnetics. Our work aims to push forward the forefront of our understanding in the physics of materials using experiment, theory and computation.

CMP Research Highlight

Latest insights into developments in the thermally-activated delayed fluorescence field by researchers in OEM

In this review paper Paloma Lays dos Santos, Marc Etherington and Andy Monkman describe how thermally-activated delayed fluorescence can be tuned and controlled by chemical and conformational means; paving the way to new design principles.

(26 Apr 2018) » More about New review paper by OEM group



Centre for Materials Physics

The Centre for Materials Physics encompasses several research groups, covering a wide range of theoretical and experimental physics. These are divided into three main research themes:

Durham has a long tradition of welcoming excellent students from all over the world. If you are thinking of applying to Durham University, of course you should look through these web pages at the research and training (and in particular our Ph.D Booklet and Ph.D handbook), but also try to speak with some of our alumni, they are our greatest ambassadors.


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Recent Publications

  • Markovich, Tomer, Fodor, Étienne, Tjhung, Elsen & Cates, Michael E. (2021). Thermodynamics of Active Field Theories: Energetic Cost of Coupling to Reservoirs. Physical Review X 11(2): 021057
  • Tjhung, Elsen & Berthier, Ludovic (2020). Analogies between growing dense active matter and soft driven glasses. Physical Review Research 2(4): 043334.
  • Singh, Rajesh, Tjhung, Elsen & Cates, Michael E. (2020). Self-propulsion of active droplets without liquid-crystalline order. Physical Review Research 2(3): 032024(R).
  • Darvishi, N. & Masouminia, M. R. (2021). Signature of the maximally symmetric 2HDM via W±/Z -quadruplet productions at the LHC. Physical Review D 103(9): 095031.
  • Mendis, B.G. (2021). Surface Core Hole Electron Energy-Loss Fine Structure in MgO: Experiment and Theory. Microscopy and Microanalysis 1.
  • Pollard, Joseph , & Alexander, Gareth P (2021). Intrinsic geometry and director reconstruction for three-dimensional liquid crystals. New Journal of Physics 23(6): 1-13.
  • Pahlavan, Amir A., Yang, Lisong, Bain, Colin D. & Stone, Howard A. (2021). Evaporation of Binary-Mixture Liquid Droplets: The Formation of Picoliter Pancakelike Shapes. Physical Review Letters 127(2): 024501.
  • Shi, Jing, Yang, Lisong & Bain, Colin D. (2021). Wetting and Drying of Aqueous Droplets Containing Nonionic Surfactants CnEm. Langmuir 37(14): 4091-4101.
  • Giddings, Andrew T., Scott, Euan A. S., Stennett, Martin C., Apperley, David C., Greaves, Colin, Hyatt, Neil C. & McCabe, Emma E. (2021). Symmetry and the Role of the Anion Sublattice in Aurivillius Oxyfluoride Bi2TiO4F2. Inorganic Chemistry
  • Brearton, R., Turnbull, L. A., Verezhak, J. A. T., Balakrishnan, G., Hatton, P. D., van der Laan, G. & Hesjedal, T. (2021). Deriving the skyrmion Hall angle from skyrmion lattice dynamics. Nature Communications 12(1): 2723.