Mike Glazer

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Mike Glazer

Emeritus Professor

I retired officially in 2010 but continue to engage in research and some teaching for Oxford Colleges and the Department of Physics. I am Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College Oxford. I am also an intrepid pilot of light aircraft.

Bragg Lecture at the Royal Institution London: see http://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2017/march/public-bragg-lecture-2017

My latest books:

2016 "A Very Short Introduction to Crystallography" (OUP) https://global.oup.com/academic/product/crystallography-a-very-short-int...

2015 "Crystal Clear: the Autobiographies of Sir Lawrence and Lady Bragg" (OUP) http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198744306.do

2013: "Space Groups for Solid State Scientists", 3rd Edition. (Academic)

Our paper The missing boundary in the phase diagram of PbZr1-xTixO3 . Nature Comms., 5, 5231 (2014) has been awarded the Spriggs Prize by the American Ceramic Society.

In August 2014 I was elected Vice President of the International Union of Crystallography http://www.iucr.org
Much of my time is now spent in bringing the subject of Crystallography to public attention, as it is relatively unknown. Here are some relevant examples:

Film on the Legacy of the Braggs: see http://www.diamond.ac.uk/Home/News/LatestNews/02-09-14.html

Catalogue of the Two Braggs Exhibition 2013 www.amg122.com/twobraggs 2014

Podcast for Royal Society of Chemistry http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/01/podcast-january-2014

Filmed interview for Welcome Trust http://www.ndm.ox.ac.uk/part-2-the-history-of-structural-biology 2014

Press Release for IUCr International Year (http://www.iycr2014.org/about/media-kit) 2013

Interview for Inside Science BBC Radio 4 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03kv273) 2013

Filmed for Diamond Light Source Video 2013

“The Two Braggs” public lecture at Oxford Museum of History of Science 2013

“Oxford Cryosystems” with Kat Orman, BBC Radio Oxford 2013

Organized “The Two Braggs Exhibition” at Warwick University 2013

“Bragg on the Braggs” with Melvyn Bragg BBC Radio 4 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0383vb0) 2013

Demonstrated at Big Bang Fair, London 2013

“Crystal World”, Teacher’s conference for IOP Oxford 2012

Crystallography: “In Our Time”, BBC Radio 4 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p0s9s) 2012

“Crystal World” open lecture for Oxford Science week 2012

Courses on Condensed Matter Physics and thermal physics.

My field of research is in the area of Crystallography, with particular interest in the relationship between crystal structures and physical properties. Most of the materials studied are perovskites, which exhibit many different structure types and phase transitions. I am particularly interested in understanding the optical behaviour of crystals in terms of the known crystal structures. For this we use a combination of techniques, including x-ray (both in the laboratory and at synchrotron sources) and neutron diffraction, and polarization microscopy. I am also engaged in research into new techniques that can be applied to the study of crystalline materials. Some years ago, this interest led to the establishment of Oxford Cryosystems (see www.oxfordcryosystems.com) , which soon became the world leader in supplying low-temperature equipment to crystallographers world-wide.

I consult for a number of legal firms as an expert witness in patent litigations. I also serve on the board of Oxford Cryosystems Ltd.