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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.


Recent Publications

  • Li, Zhuolu, Shen, Shengchun, Tian, Zijun, Hwangbo, Kyle, Wang, Meng, Wang, Yujia, Bartram, F. Michael, He, Liqun, Lyu, Yingjie, Dong, Yongqi, Wan, Gang, Li, Haobo, Lu, Nianpeng, Zang, Jiadong, Zhou, Hua, Arenholz, Elke, He, Qing, Yang, Luyi, Luo, Weidong & Yu, Pu (2020). Reversible manipulation of the magnetic state in SrRuO3 through electric-field controlled proton evolution. Nature Communications 11(1): 184.
  • Darvishi, N., Masouminia, M. R. & Ostrolenk, K. (2020). kt factorization versus collinear factorization in W+W− pair production at the LHC. Physical Review D 101(1): 014007.
  • Wyn Jones, Eurig, James Holliman, Peter, Bowen, Leon, Connell, Arthur, Kershaw, Christopher & Elizabeth Meza-Rojas, Diana (2020). Hybrid Al2O3-CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskites towards Avoiding Toxic Solvents. Materials 13(1): 243.
  • Talmantaite, A., Hunt, M.R.C. & Mendis, B.G. (2020). Electron Compton scattering and the measurement of electron momentum distributions in solids. Journal of Microscopy
  • Lancaster, Tom (2019). Skyrmions in magnetic materials. Contemporary Physics 60(3): 246.
  • Franke, K. J. A., Dean, P. R., Hatnean, M. Ciomaga, Birch, M. T., Khalyavin, D. D., Manuel, P., Lancaster, T., Balakrishnan, G. & Hatton, P. D. (2019). Investigating the magnetic ground state of the skyrmion host material Cu2OSeO3 using long-wavelength neutron diffraction. AIP Advances 9(12): 125228.
  • Crucho, Carina I.C., Avó, João, Nobuyasu, Roberto, N. Pinto, Sandra, Fernandes, Fábio, Lima, João C., Berberan-Santos, Mário N. & Dias, Fernando B. (2020). Silica nanoparticles with thermally activated delayed fluorescence for live cell imaging. Materials Science and Engineering: C 109: 110528.
  • Troughton,Joe & Atkinson, Del (2019). Amorphous InGaZnO and metal oxide semiconductor devices: an overview and current status. Journal of Materials Chemistry C 7(40): 12388-12414.
  • Berlie, Adam, Terry, Ian, Cottrell, Stephen P., Hu, Wanbiao & Liu, Yun (2020). Understanding the role of electrons in the magnetism of a colossal permittivity dielectric material. Materials Horizons 7(1): 188-192.
  • Qi, Yu, Ju, Yiwen, Tan, Jingqiang, Bowen, Leon, Cai, Chunfang, Yu, Kun, Zhu, Hongjian, Huang, Cheng & Zhang, Weilai (2020). Organic matter provenance and depositional environment of marine-to-continental mudstones and coals in eastern Ordos Basin, China—Evidence from molecular geochemistry and petrology. International Journal of Coal Geology 217(2): 103345.