Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 6674w.branford




1004Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Will Branford is a Senior Lecturer in the Experimental Solid State group of the Condensed Matter Physics section of the Physics department. He is part of the management group of the London Centre for Nanotechnology and active in the nanotechnology effort at Imperial.

His main research focus is the interplay between structure, magnetic and electronic properties of materials. His background is in solid state chemistry where the structuring was at the atomic scale. He also makes uses of nanofabrication to form arrays where there is structuring at the nanoscale. Artificial Spin Ice is an example of a magnetic metamaterial whose properties derive from the properties of the nano-units in the array, rather than the material it is made from.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Branford WR, Singh LJ, Barber ZH, et al., 2007, Temperature insensitivity of the spin-polarization in Co2MnSi films on GaAs (001), New Journal of Physics, Vol:9, ISSN:1367-2630

Branford WR, Yates KA, Barkhoudarov E, et al., 2009, Coexistence of Universal and Topological Anomalous Hall Effects in Metal CrO2 Thin Films in the Dirty Limit, Physical Review Letters, Vol:102, ISSN:0031-9007

Ladak S, Read DE, Perkins GK, et al., 2010, Direct observation of magnetic monopole defects in an artificial spin-ice system, Nature Physics, Vol:6, ISSN:1745-2473, Pages:359-363

Ladak S, Read D, Tyliszczak T, et al., 2011, Monopole defects and magnetic Coulomb blockade, New Journal of Physics, Vol:13, ISSN:1367-2630

Branford WR, Ladak S, Read DE, et al., 2012, Emerging Chirality in Artificial Spin Ice, Science, Vol:335, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:1597-1600

Zeissler K, Walton SK, Ladak S, et al., 2013, The non-random walk of chiral magnetic charge carriers in artificial spin ice, Scientific Reports, Vol:3, ISSN:2045-2322

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