EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow
I currently hold an independent research position funded by the EPSRC through a Career Accelaration Fellowship at the University of Oxford and I am a Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. Previously, I held a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship at the University of Bristol and University of Oxford. Before that, I was Departmental Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford, after my PhD in Oxford at the Queen's College. My part-time research work is combined with raising two small children.
I am currently involved with setting up the new Oxford Centre for Applied Superconductivity (CfAS) and its new research activities in Physics.
I was a member of the Superconductivity Group Committee of the Institute of Physics until October 2012, and the SelCom, EuroMagnet II Selection Committee for access to the high magnetic fields facilities in Europe until December 2012.
Since 2011 I have been organizing the Oxford Symposium on Quantum Materials combined with an expert visitor programme both funded by the EPSRC as well as a Cafe Scientifique dedicated to open discussions on quantum materials.
My research aims to probe experimentally the physics emerging in novel materials as result of the strong correlations between electrons. In particular, my current interest focuses to understand the electronic structure of iron superconductors, metallic systems on magnetically frustrated lattices and topological superconductors by using quantum oscillations. Quantum oscillations probe directly the Fermi surface of metallic systems or novel superconductors in their normal state. These studies provide direct access to the electronic states which are the basis of developing novel theories and help to the development of novel materials with improved properties. I use and plan to develop a variety of sensitive experimental techniques in high magnetic fields and low temperatures to probe new phases of matter in micron size crystalline materials. My research benefits from access to the highest magnetic fields available in the world and strong international collaboration with material scientists, inorganic and organic chemists and theoreticians.
My current teaching activities involves the supervision of MPhys project and Summer Student Project, as well as acting as an Assesor for the MPhys projects. I have a long experience as a Senior Demonstrator in the Condensed Matter Physics laboratorie and I was involved in College tutorials and 4th year Condensed Matter Physics problem classes.
MPhys projects and summer project supervision
I have been supervising more than 10 MPhys projects and 4 summer projects since 2011 and many of our students were awarded prizes.
MPhys project 2014
Joseph Prentice (University College) was awarded the Metaswitch Prize for a best use of Software in an MPhys Project;
Nathaniel Davies (Lincoln College) was awarded an MPhys Physics Prize in Condensed Matter Physics.
MPhys project 2013
James Edmands (Jesus College) was awarded the Gibbs Prize for the best use of experimental apparatus in a MPhys Project.
MPhys project 2012
Jonasz Slomka (Mansﬁeld College) was awarded the Gibbs Prize for the best use of experimental apparatus in a MPhys Project. Jonasz' project was entitled Heat transfer in a nanocalorimeter .
Samuel Blake (The Queen’s College) was awarded the Metaswitch Prize for the best use of Software in a MPhys Project. Sam's project was entitled Electronic structure of novel superconducting materials .
EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship [ (EP/I004475/1, 2011-present)
Emergent phenomena in novel correlated materials (£1,171,400);
EPSRC Standard Funding for Interdisciplinary Research (EP/I017836/1, 2011-present):
Frontiers in research of emergent materials (£85,891);
INSPIRE Physical Sciences: A synergy for next generation materials science
This is a collaboration with O. Cespedes, DA MacLaren, G. Teobaldi, J. Bos (£50,457)
Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2010
(offer declined in favour of the EPSRC CAF);
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (£215,644.90, 2005-2011)
Unconventional Ground States and Spin Effects in Low‐Dimensional Electronic Systems
Royal Society Research Grant (£15,000, 2010)
Novel electronic materials probed using patterned microstructures;
Royal Society Research Grant (£15,000, 2006);
Pressure: an essential tuning parameter in understanding phase competition in low dimensional organic superconductors
Here are the recent invited and contributed talks to international conferences and seminars:
- invited talk, Gordon Research Conference on Superconductivity , June 2017, Waterville Valley (USA)
- invited talk, DPG Spring Meeting 2017, Dresden (Germany)
- invited talk, APS March Meeting 2016, Baltimore (USA)
- invited talk, Strong Correlations and the Normal State of the High Temperature Superconductors, Dresden (Germany)
- invited talk, International Conference on Low-Energy Electrodynamics in Solids (Japan)
- talk, Frontiers in Unconventional Superconductivity, Superfluidity and Magnetism, Bristol (UK)
- invited talk, Theoretical and Experimental Magnetism Meetings 2016, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK)
- talk, IOP Superconductivity Group Winter Meeting
- invited seminar, Quantum Matter, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, UK
- invited Colloquium, School of Physics, St. Andrews University, UK,
- invited talk, Workshop on Strongly Correlated Systems, Rice University (2015),
- invited talk, Workshop on two-dimensional chalcogenides, Dresden (2015),
- invited talk, Materials and Mechanisms on Superconductivity, Geneva
- invited lecture, School and Workshop on Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
- talk, Research in High Magnetic Field Conference (Grenoble, France)
- invited talk, KITP Program: Magnetism, Bad Metals and Superconductivity: Iron Pnictides and Beyond , Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, USA. A link to the talk can be found here.
- invited talk, Condensed Matter in Paris 2014
- talk, Frontiers in Unconventional Superconductivity and Magnetism, University of Bristol, UK
- talk at the APS March Meeting 2014, Denver, Colorado;
- invited seminar, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
- invited lecture, Superconductivity Summer School organized by the IOP Superconductivity Group;
- invited talk, Condensed Matter Physics in the City 2014
- invited talk, Mott Physics Beyond the Heisenberg Model, Oxford, UK
- invited talk, Electronic properties of spin-orbit driven oxides, Dresden, Germany
- invited talk, Materials & Mechanisms of Superconductivity Conference , August 2012, Washington DC, USA;
- invited lecture, Superconductivity Summer School, Oxford, UK;
- invited talk, Condensed Matter in the City, June 2012, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK;
- invited talk, Itinerant Spin-Orbital Systems: From Magnetic Frustration to Novel Superconductivity, May 2012, Dresden, Germany;
- contributed talk, APS March Meeting 2012 , February 2012, Boston, USA
- contributed talk, Strongly Correlated Electron Systems (SCES 2011), 29 Aug-3 Sept 2011, Cambridge, UK;
- EuroMagnet prize 2011 talk, EuroMagnet II user meeting, June 2011, Tolouse, France;
- invited seminar, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Université Paris-Sud, June 2011, Orsay, France;
- invited seminar, Ecole Supérieur de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), June 2011, Paris;
- invited seminar, Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (LNCMI), June 2011, Grenoble;
- invited talk APS March Meeting 20112011, March 2011, Dallas, USA;
- invited talk at the KITP Miniprogram on Iron-Based Superconductors , Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Jan 2011, UC Santa Barbara, USA;
here is the link to the KITP talk.
- invited talk, Physical Phenomena in High Magnetic Fields, December 2010, Tallahassee, USA;
- invited lecture, Science in High Magnetic Fields, 2nd EuroMagNET Summer School, Sept 2010, Ameland, Netherlands;
- invited talk, First Summer Program Condensed Matter Physics in the City, July 2010, ISIS-Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK;
- invited talk, at the Gordon Conference on Correlated Electron Systems , June 2010, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, USA;
- invited talk, Electronic Structure of Fe-based Superconductors, May 2010, MPI Stuttgart, Germany;
- contributed talk, International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism, Antalya, Turkey, 2010;
- invited talk, DyProSo XXXII, Sep 2009, Antwerp, Belgium;
- invited talk, Research in High Magnetic Field Conference 2009, Dresden, Germany;
- MPI-PKS Workshop on Topological Order, 22 July 2009, Dresden, Germany;
- invited seminar, Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford, (4 June 2009);
- invited talk Gordon Conference on Superconductivity, 11 June 2009, Hong Kong;
- invited talk AGM IOP Superconductivity group (30 Jan 09)
- invited seminar, Cavendish Laboratory, 22 October 2008, Cambridge, UK;
- invited contribution at ICAM Workshop on Fe-pnictide, Nov 2008, Maryland, USA;
- contributed talk Correlated Electron Systems in High Magnetic Fields, Oct 2008,