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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

The Skyrmion Project

(4 Aug 2020) » More about The Skyrmion Project



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

  • Curley, S. P. M., Scatena, R., Williams, R. C., Goddard, P. A., Macchi, P., Hicken, T. J., Lancaster, T., Xiao, F., Blundell, S. J., Zapf, V., Eckert, J. C., Krenkel, E. H., Villa, J. A., Rhodehouse, M. L. & Manson, J. L. (2021). Magnetic ground state of the one-dimensional ferromagnetic chain compounds M(NCS)2(thiourea)2 (M=Ni,Co). Physical Review Materials 5(3).
  • Huddart, B. M., Gomilšek, M., Hicken, T. J., Pratt, F. L., Blundell, S. J., Goddard, P. A., Kaech, S. J., Manson, J. L. & Lancaster, T. (2021). Magnetic order and ballistic spin transport in a sine-Gordon spin chain. Physical Review B 103(6).
  • Hicken, T. J., Wilson, M. N., Franke, K. J. A., Huddart, B. M., Hawkhead, Z., Gomilšek, M., Clark, S. J., Pratt, F. L., Štefančič, A., Hall, A. E., Ciomaga Hatnean, M., Balakrishnan, G. & Lancaster, T. (2021). Megahertz dynamics in skyrmion systems probed with muon-spin relaxation. Physical Review B 103(2).
  • Mirzaeian, Mojtaba, Abbas, Qaisar, Hunt, Michael R.C., Galeyeva, Alina & Raza, Rizwan (2021). Na-Ion Batteries. In Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Elsevier.
  • Christy, Andrew T. R., Kusumaatmaja, Halim & Miller, Mark A. (2021). Control of Superselectivity by Crowding in Three-Dimensional Hosts. Physical Review Letters 126(2): 028002.
  • Crisanti, M., Birch, M. T., Wilson, M. N., Moody, S. H., Štefančič, A., Huddart, B. M., Cabeza, S., Balakrishnan, G., Hatton, P. D. & Cubitt, R. (2020). Position-dependent stability and lifetime of the skyrmion state in nickel-substituted Cu2OSeO3. Physical Review B 102(22): 224407.
  • Liu, Yang, McCabe, Emma E., Sinclair, Derek C. & West, Anthony R. (2009). Synthesis, structure and properties of the hexagonal perovskite, h-BaTi1−xHoxO3−x/2. Journal of Materials Chemistry 19(29): 5201.
  • Giddings, A.T., Stennett, M.C., Reid, D.P., McCabe, E.E., Greaves, C. & Hyatt, N.C. (2011). Synthesis, structure and characterisation of the n=4 Aurivillius phase Bi5Ti3CrO15. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 184(2): 252.
  • McCabe, E.E. & Greaves, C. (2008). Structural and magnetic characterisation of Aurivillius material Bi2Sr2Nb2.5Fe0.5O12. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 181(11): 3051.
  • Wu, Y., Pasero, D., McCabe, E.E., Matsushima, Y. & West, A.R. (2009). Partial cation-order and early-stage, phase separation in phase W, Li x Co 1− x O: 0.075≤ x ≤0.24−0.31. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 465(2106): 1829.