Phillips Group

The vast family of framework materials has a multitude of potential applications, but these compounds’ useful properties depend on their structure in subtle and complex ways. My group uses neutron and X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy, backed up with theory ranging from simple pencil-and-paper models to sophisticated computation, to study these and related materials. Our research sits at the intersection of condensed matter physics, chemistry, and materials science; its ultimate goal is to use this knowledge to design new materials with targeted properties.

A warm welcome to the group’s newest PhD student, Bernet Meijer, who joins us following a joint Master’s degree between the University of Amsterdam and the London School of Economics. She will be co-supervised by Dr Helen Walker (ISIS Neutron and Muon Source), and will be collaborating with her and the ISIS sample environment team […]

Enormous congratulations to Jiaxun Liu, who has successfully defended her thesis Local structure of lead halide perovskites for optoelectronic applications!

We’re delighted to welcome Dr Richard Dixey to the group, to work on the structure and dynamics of barocaloric framework materials as part of our EPSRC-sponsored work with Dr Helen Walker at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. Richard was previously a PhD student of Dr Paul Saines at the University of Kent, where he worked […]