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Materials Theory Group



Peter is a PDRA in the MTG in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy.

He has studied a range of materials including solid hydrogen, polymer composites and organic semiconductors.
His research uses a combination of novel method development and large simulation packages such as CASTEP and LAMMPS.

His work with Prof. Chris Pickard is focused on studying materials under extreme conditions generated by dynamic shock.


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Research Associate


Latest news

Fast and easy exploration of crystal properties using machine-learned Ephemeral Data-derived Potentials

12 January 2024

Machine learning is quickly gaining prominence in the field of computational materials science. In the Materials Theory Group, we develop so-called ‘machine learned interatomic potentials’ (MLIPs), which can describe the...

Structure and colour in nitrogen-doped lutetium hydride

19 December 2023

Superconducting materials have a wide range of applications - from efficient power transmission to the advanced electromagnetics used in MRI machines - due to their loss-free conductivity. Current practical superconductors...

Quantum-induced hydrogen hopping in high-temperature superconducting lanthanum polyhydride

14 April 2023

Figure caption : Quantum effects are essential for hydrogen to dynamically explore different configurations. On the left, we see how the hydrogen atoms cover much larger distances at all temperatures when quantum effects are...

Flat water and ice

26 September 2022

Figure Caption : Pentagonal ice – a two-dimensional form of ice predicted to form when water is squeezed between graphene sheets. Water can be found trapped in nanoscale cavities, for example in biological membranes, or in...

Congratulations Ben Shires!

2 August 2022

Ben completed his PhD viva last week, covering his work on SHEAP , and he will soon be Dr Shires. Congratulations! shires.jpg

Quicker Crystals

14 July 2022

First-principles structure prediction has enabled the computational discovery of materials with extreme, or exotic properties. For example, the dense hydrides, which following computational searches have been found to...

New carbonates uncovered

7 January 2022

A study by Joseph Nelson and Chris Pickard of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge and the AIMR, Tohoku University, uses structure prediction to exhaustively explore the Ti-C-O and Al-C-O ternary systems.