Amalia Coldea

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Amalia Coldea

Associate Professor

I am the Group Leader of the Quantum Matter in High Magnetic Fields and I am a Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford.

Previously, I held independent research positions funded by the EPSRC through a Career Accelaration Fellowship at the University of Oxford and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship at the University of Bristol and University of Oxford. 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 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 of Quantum Materials dedicated to open discussions on quantum materials.

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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.

Since 2019 I teach the Superconductivity lecture, part of year 4 Condensed Matter C3 course.
In 2017 and 2018 I taught part of the fourth year Superconductivity Lecture shared with Peter Leek.
Since 2012 I give a annual graduate lecture in Physics related to Leading Edge Experimental Techniques.
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 17 MPhys projects and 15 summer projects since 2011 and many of our students were awarded prizes.
MPhys project 2016
Thomas Nicolas(St. Catherine College) was awarded the MPhys Physics Prize in Condensed Matter Physics.
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 .

EuroMagnet Prize 2011

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
(EP/K036408/1, 01/04/2013-30/09/2014).
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, Electronic properties of spin-orbit driven oxides, Dresden, Germany





  • 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,
    Dresden, Germany;