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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

  • Tian, Chang, Chaudhuri, Ushnish, Singh, Navab & Adeyeye, Adekunle O (2020). Direct mapping of spin wave modes of individual Ni80Fe20 nanorings. Nanotechnology 31(14): 145714.
  • Tjhung, Elsen & Berthier, Ludovic (2015). Hyperuniform Density Fluctuations and Diverging Dynamic Correlations in Periodically Driven Colloidal Suspensions. Physical Review Letters 114(14).
  • Nardini, Cesare, Fodor, Étienne, Tjhung, Elsen, van Wijland, Frédéric, Tailleur, Julien & Cates, Michael E. (2017). Entropy Production in Field Theories without Time-Reversal Symmetry: Quantifying the Non-Equilibrium Character of Active Matter. Physical Review X 7(2).
  • Tjhung, E., Tiribocchi, A., Marenduzzo, D. & Cates, M. E. (2015). A minimal physical model captures the shapes of crawling cells. Nature Communications 6(1).
  • Birch, M.T., Cortés-Ortuño, D., Turnbull, L.A., Wilson, M.N., Groß, F., Träger, N., Laurenson, A., Bukin, N., Moody, S.H., Weigand, M., Schütz, G., Popescu, H., Fan, R., Steadman, P., Verezhak, J.A.T., Balakrishnan, G., Loudon, J.C., Twitchett-Harrison, A.C., Hovorka, O., Fangohr, H., Ogrin, F.Y., Gräfe, J. & Hatton, P.D. (2020). Real space imaging of confined magnetic skyrmion tubes. Nature Communications 11: 1726.
  • Goodband, Sarah Jane, Armstrong, Steven, Kusumaatmaja, Halim & Voïtchovsky, Kislon (2020). The Effect of Ageing on the Structure and Properties of Model Liquid Infused Surfaces. Langmuir 36(13): 3461-3470.
  • Scholz, Reinhard, Kleine, Paul, Lygaitis, Ramunas, Popp, Ludwig, Lenk, Simone, Etherington, Marc K., Monkman, Andrew P. & Reineke, Sebastian (2020). Investigation of Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence from a Donor–Acceptor Compound with Time-Resolved Fluorescence and Density Functional Theory Applying an Optimally Tuned Range-Separated Hybrid Functional. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 124(8): 1535-1553.
  • Tanner, BK & Tanner, RE (Published). The legacy of Robert Grosseteste and the teaching of experimental physics to 14-16 year-olds in England. In Robert Grosseteste and the theory of learning: The ordered human. Cunningham, J & Puttick, S Routledge. 118-141.
  • Thomson D & Tanner BK (Published). The seven liberal arts: Commentary and Analysis. In Knowing and speaking: Robert Grosseteste's De artibus liberalibus 'On the liberal arts' and De generatione sonorum 'On the generation of sounds'. Gasper, GEM, Panti, C, McLeish TCBM & Smithson, HE Oxford University Press. 1: 448-482.
  • Tanner BK (2018). Spin-out, licence or collaborate: The Knowledge Transfer Dilemma. Magnews - The International Publication of the Magnetics Society (3): 24-27.