nanospin We are interested in the synthesis, characterisation and modelling of magnetic materials for fundamental and applied studies. Some examples of our research include spintronics, which promises to harness the electron spin rather than just its charge for higher performance information technology, and magnetic refrigeration, which uses the temperature changes of a material during adiabatic magnetic phase transition. On a more fundamental level, our work on artificial spin ice revealed that magnetic monopoles could be observed using magnetic force microscopy. Lcick here to learn about the SPIN-Labs.


Neil Alford


Professor of Physical Electronics and Thin Film Materials, Vice-Dean (Research) Faculty of Engineering

Current research is targeted towards Energy Materials


Lesley Cohen


Professor of Solid State Physics, Department of Physics

Research interests in the study of  magnetic materials (for solid state magnetic cooling using magnetocalorics) and highly spin polarised magnetic materials (for spintronics and long range spin triplet superconductivity).  Transport properties of high mobility materials such as narrow gap semiconductors and graphene, superconductors (in particular gap structure and vortex pinning), and Raman spectroscopy (surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy as a tool to understand Fuel Cell materials).


Nicholas Harrison


Professor, Chair of Computational Materials Science, Department of Chemistry

Research interests lie in the area of quantum mechanical modelling of material properties with the aim of discovering new functional materials.


Adrian Muxworthy


Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Research interests in Geomagnetic field variation, Magnetotactic bacteria, Unravelling complex magnetic signals,Anthropogenic pollution,Mineral magnetism and hydrocarbon research,Dating of cataclysmic events,Evolution of volcanic processes, Meteoritic magnetism


Sandrine Heutz


Reader in Functional Molecular Materials, Department of Materials

Current research directions are focused on magnetic properties of molecular thin films, spintronic applications, novel fabrication methods for oxides, detailed structural characterisation of films and interfaces, and nanowire devices.


Karl Sandeman


Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics

Current research aims to improve fundamental understanding of phase transitions between different magnetic states.


Will Branford


Senior Lecturer in solid state physics and an EPSRC Career Advancement Fellow, Department of Physics