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Durham University

Condensed Matter Physics

Condensed Matter Physics

Can data save us? Exploring the role of informatics on materials research

1 February 2023 14:00 in CG91



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The Living Shoe: Utilising microbes to create living materials, a new design principle for conferring structure and motility in biohybrid systems.

Dr Margarita Staykova from the Centre for Materials Physics has teamed up with Durham University sociologist Professor Tiago Moreira to discover some of the science and ethics of using microbes to create materials. Living materials are fabrics, paints and even building materials made with living cells. Would you wear a living shoe that you never had to throw away? Imagine a future where roads can self-heal, tiny robotic molecules can assemble themselves into household objects, and living buildings can harvest carbon dioxide to generate power and purified water. Would we be able to control how the cells evolved? Or, would we have to form symbiotic relationships with living materials similar to the relationships we had with working animals in the past?

(1 Nov 2022) » More about The Living Shoe: Utilising microbes to create living materials, a new design principle for conferring structure and motility in biohybrid systems.

Durham research highlighted by U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory

Collaborative international research on spin transport aimed at energy efficient spintronics led by Condensed Matter Physics at Durham has been recognised as a Science Highlight for work involving X-ray experiments at the Advanced Photon Source synchrotron facility.

(23 Jun 2022) » More about Durham research highlighted by U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory

CMP PhD students win two Department of Physics Postgraduate Awards

We are pleased to announce that two Condensed Matter Physics postgraduates have won Physics Postgraduate Prizes this year. Congratulations to Alina Talmantaite, who has won the Graham Russell Prize, awarded for outstanding overall performance in applied Physics, and congratulations to Thomas Hicken who has won the Alan Martin PhD Prize, recognising the best Ph.D. thesis in Physics.

(24 May 2022)

Recent Publications

  • Aufderhorst-Roberts, Anders & Staykova, Margarita (2022). Scratching beyond the surface — minimal actin assemblies as tools to elucidate mechanical reinforcement and shape change. Emerging Topics in Life Sciences 6(6): 583-592.
  • Mendis, B.G. (2023). Coherent electron Compton scattering and the non-diagonal electron momentum density of solids. Ultramicroscopy 245: 113664.
  • Tan, Zhengwei, Martins, Sofia, Escobar, Michael, de Rojas, Julius, Ibrahim, Fatima, Chshiev, Mairbek, Quintana, Alberto, Lopeandia, Aitor, Costa-Krämer, José L., Menéndez, Enric & Sort, Jordi (2022). From Binary to Ternary Transition-Metal Nitrides: A Boost toward Nitrogen Magneto-Ionics. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 14(39): 44581-44590.
  • Kariuki, Rashad, Penman, Rowan, Bryant, Saffron J., Orrell-Trigg, Rebecca, Meftahi, Nastaran, Crawford, Russell J., McConville, Chris F., Bryant, Gary, Voïtchovsky, Kislon, Conn, Charlotte E., Christofferson, Andrew J. & Elbourne, Aaron (2022). Behavior of Citrate-Capped Ultrasmall Gold Nanoparticles on a Supported Lipid Bilayer Interface at Atomic Resolution. ACS Nano 16(10): 17179-17196.
  • Turnbull, L. A., Littlehales, M. T., Wilson, M. N., Birch, M. T., Popescu, H., Jaouen, N., Verezhak, J. A. T., Balakrishnan, G. & Hatton, P. D. (2022). X-ray holographic imaging of magnetic surface spirals in FeGe lamellae. Physical Review B 106(6): 064422.
  • Rigby, O. M., Richards-Hlabangana, T., Ramasse, Q. M., MacLaren, I., Lomas-Zapata, R. A., Rumsey, M. S., McKenna, K. P. & Mendis, B. G. (2022). Structure and electronic properties of domain walls and stacking fault defects in prospective photoferroic materials bournonite and enargite. Journal of Applied Physics 132(18): 185001.
  • Twitchett-Harrison, Alison C., Loudon, James C., Pepper, Ryan A., Birch, Max T., Fangohr, Hans, Midgley, Paul A., Balakrishnan, Geetha & Hatton, Peter D. (2022). Confinement of Skyrmions in Nanoscale FeGe Device-like Structures. ACS Applied Electronic Materials 4(9): 4427 - 4437.
  • Al Bacha, Sandy, Saitzek, Sébastien, McCabe, Emma E. & Kabbour, Houria (2022). Photocatalytic and Photocurrent Responses to Visible Light of the Lone-Pair-Based Oxysulfide Sr6Cd2Sb6S10O7. Inorganic Chemistry 61(46): 18611-18261.
  • Pollard, Joseph & Fielding, Suzanne M. (2022). Yielding, shear banding, and brittle failure of amorphous materials. Physical Review Research 4(4): 043037.
  • Datta, Sujit S., Ardekani, Arezoo M., Arratia, Paulo E., Beris, Antony N., Bischofberger, Irmgard, McKinley, Gareth H., Eggers, Jens G., López-Aguilar, J. Esteban, Fielding, Suzanne M., Frishman, Anna, Graham, Michael D., Guasto, Jeffrey S., Haward, Simon J., Shen, Amy Q., Hormozi, Sarah, Morozov, Alexander, Poole, Robert J., Shankar, V., Shaqfeh, Eric S. G., Stark, Holger, Steinberg, Victor, Subramanian, Ganesh & Stone, Howard A. (2022). Perspectives on viscoelastic flow instabilities and elastic turbulence. Physical Review Fluids 7(8): 080701.