Phillips Group

Structure, dynamics, form and function


Current members

Jiaxun Liu

Jiaxun joined the group in 2015 from Sichuan University. Her PhD studies have focused on using total scattering methods to understand the structures of conventional and hybrid lead halide perovskites, and how these give rise to useful optoelectronic properties.

Adgar (Zhengqiang) Yang

Adgar joined the group in 2015 from Sichuan University. His PhD work has used both muon and neutron studies to investigate low-dimensional magnetic materials.

Mark Wilkinson

Mark joined the group in 2015, having previously completed his MSci with first-class Honours at Queen Mary University of London. His work focuses on adapting the reverse Monte Carlo algorithm to understand anomalous thermodynamic behaviour such as negative thermal expansion.

Guanqun Cai

Guanqun has been a PhD student since 2016, and previously studied at Loughborough University (MSc in Materials) and Beijing University of Chemical Technology. His research uses a wide variety of X-ray and neutron scattering techniques to study functional materials.

Shurong Yuan

Shurong joined the group as a PhD student in 2018. He was previously a Master’s student in computational condensed matter physics at South China University of Technology. His work will focus on simulating functional materials in order to understand their structure and dynamics.


Dr Edward Beake

Ed joined the group from the University of Oxford, and completed his PhD on Local structure of molecular materials via neutron total scattering and reverse Monte Carlo in 2015. He is now a professional data scientist.

Dr Helen Duncan

Helen graduated in 2016 with a PhD on Modelling local order in organic and metal-organic ferroics using the reverse Monte Carlo method and total neutron scattering. She was subsequently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh before taking up her current post at University College London.

Dr Serena Maugeri

Serena completed her PhD thesis, entitled Total scattering applied to the study of nanomaterials, in 2017. She then completed a PGCE through the INSPIRE programme, and is now a teacher of mathematics.

Dr Juan Du

Juan completed her PhD work in 2017, and recently successfully defended her thesis Reverse Monte Carlo studies of inorganic functional materials using neutron scattering.

Andrew Raj Kirkpatrick

Andrew graduated with an MSc in 2017, and is now a DPhil student in Physics at the University of Oxford.