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Structured surface to control liquid-solid interaction

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High performance supercomputer for electronic structure calculations

CMP's Vision Statement

Condensed Matter 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.

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Postgraduate Study Opportunities

We offer PhD and MScR research study opportunities across our broad range of experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics research activities

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Upcoming events

BiCuxMn7-xO12: Polar antiferromagnetism by inverse exchange-striction and an emergent helical texture of electric dipoles

Wednesday 29 November 2023 - Wednesday 29 November 2023
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ph30 (followed by refreshments in Ph132 James Knott Library)
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Automated Analysis of Impedance Spectroscopy Data

Monday 12 June 2023 - Monday 12 June 2023
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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Scattering from magnetic monopoles and antiferromagnetic domain manipulation in a frustrated pyrochlore iridate

Wednesday 3 May 2023 - Wednesday 3 May 2023
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ph30 (followed by refreshments in Ph132 James Knott Library)
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Turning on the heat with spins and their transport across interfaces in heterostructures

Tuesday 28 March 2023 - Tuesday 28 March 2023
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ph30 (followed by refreshments in Ph132 James Knott Library)
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CMP Research Highlights

Condensed Matter Physics Research Section came together for an Away Day

The whole Condensed Matter Physics research section (CMP) in Physics at Durham came together for an Away Day at Ushaw House for training and development activities to strengthen our research capabilities and support career progression.
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1st year PhD student Mian Faisal is awarded at major renewable energy conference for his poster and research

Mian Faisal, a first-year PhD student in CMP, attended the Ustinov Annual Conference 2023, which this year has been centred on Sustainability and Renewable Energy. His poster entitled “MoS2 Grown Carbon Cloth as a Pseudo Capacitive Electrode Material for Flexible Supercapacitors” was selected among the top three posters of the event.
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1st year PhD student Paul Dirk wins the CrystEngComm Poster Prize at the spring meeting of the British Crystallographic Association

Congratulations to 1st year PhD student Paul Dirk for winning the Cryst. Eng. Comm. poster prize for his poster entitled “Energy landscape of the brownmillerite Sr2ScGaO5 from first principles calculations” at the spring meeting of the British Crystallographic Association (April 2023, Sheffield).
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EPSRC National Fellowship in Fluid Dynamics awarded to Dr Abhinav Naga

Dr Abhinav Naga has been awarded a National Fellowship in Fluid Dynamics, funded by the EPSRC for a period of 3 years.
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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.
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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.
The research demonstrates that efficient interfacial spin transport depends on the proximity-induced-magnetism in “non-magnetic” heavy metal layers within spintronic multilayers.

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.
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Mystery over unusual topological magnets explained

The low temperature electronic and magnetic behaviour of materials hosting a topological magnetic state known as a soliton has been explained by Durham scientists, with the help of muon-spin spectroscopy experiments made at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.
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Get in Touch

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Head of Condensed Matter Physics

Professor Del Atkinson


General CMP Enquiries

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 4622


Postgraduate admissions

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 3745