Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Honorary Lecturer



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Nick is currently an Honorary Lecturer in Materials at Imperial, having moved to the University of Kent, Canterbury, in 2017 as a Lecturer and Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Nick joined the Materials Department in October 2014 as an 1851 Research Fellow, and subsequently obtained an Imperial College Research Fellowship. His main research focus is the fundamental understanding of oxide ceramics and their interfaces from first-principles quantum mechanical calculations. 

During his PhD at the University of Cambridge Nick studied the interface between the perovskites LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 where a two dimensional electron gas forms. Subsequently as a postdoc his attention turned to ferroelectrics, especially the design of novel multiferroics

Nick's current research group focuses on functional perovskites and related materials. He currently supervises two PhD candidates, Chris Ablitt and Andrew Warwick, studying unusual thermal expansion in naturally layered perovksites, and emergent electronic phenomena in hybrid perovskites for solar cells, respectively.  


PhD opening. Application deadline 30/01/2017. Apply here

New publications:

Electric field control of Jahn-Teller distortions in bulk perovskites, N.C. Bristowe*, J. Varignon* and P. Ghosez, Physical Review Letters 116, 057602 (2016) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.057602.

Symmetry Switching of Negative Thermal Expansion by Chemical Control, M.S. Senn, C.A. Murray, X. Luo, L. Wang, F. Huang, S.W. Cheong, A. Bombardi, C. Ablitt, A.A. Mostofi and N.C. Bristowe, Journal of the American Chemical Society 138, 5479 (2016)  DOI:10.1021/jacs.5b13192.

First-Principles Study of the Thermoelectric Properties of SrRuO3, N. Miao, B. Xu, N.C. Bristowe, D. Bilc, M. Verstraete and P. Ghosez, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120, 9112 (2016) DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b02514 

Resolving the physical origin of octahedral tilting in halide perovskites, N.C. Bristowe*, J-H Lee*, J.H. Lee, S-H Lee, P.D. Bristowe, A.K. Cheetham and H.M. Jang, Chemistry of Materials, in press (2016) DOI:10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b00968 


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Senn MS, Murray CA, Luo X, et al., 2016, Symmetry Switching of Negative Thermal Expansion by Chemical Control, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:138, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:5479-5482

Varignon J, Bristowe NC, Ghosez P, 2016, Electric Field Control of Jahn-Teller Distortions in Bulk Perovskites, Physical Review Letters, Vol:116, ISSN:0031-9007

Bristowe NC, Varignon J, Fontaine D, et al., 2015, Ferromagnetism induced by entangled charge and orbital orderings in ferroelectric titanate perovskites, Nature Communications, Vol:6, ISSN:2041-1723

Lee J-H, Bristowe NC, Bristowe PD, et al., 2015, Role of hydrogen-bonding and its interplay with octahedral tilting in CH3NH3PbI3, Chemical Communications, Vol:51, ISSN:1359-7345, Pages:6434-6437

Bristowe NC, Ghosez P, Littlewood PB, et al., 2014, The origin of two-dimensional electron gases at oxide interfaces: insights from theory, Journal of Physics - Condensed Matter, Vol:26, ISSN:0953-8984

Bristowe NC, Fix T, Blamire MG, et al., 2012, Proposal of a One-Dimensional Electron Gas in the Steps at the LaAlO3-SrTiO3 Interface, Physical Review Letters, Vol:108, ISSN:0031-9007

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