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Dr Chuck Witt joins the MTG

The Materials Theory Group welcomes its newest research associate, Dr Chuck Witt.

The light Group-1 metals Li, Na and K are nearly-free electron (NFE) metals. Under compression however, these metals do not become more free-electron like – rather, they undergo unusual and complex structural phase transitions. This behaviour can be studied using dynamic compression and X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs).

Dr Witt is joining the Materials Theory Group as a research associate, as part of a large-scale collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh, York and Oxford. This collaboration aims to use XFEL and computational structure prediction to study the high-pressure behaviour of alkali metals, among other materials.

Dr Witt was previously based at Princeton University in the group of Emily Carter, where he worked extensively on orbital-free density functional theory.

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