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. Two of his PhD supervisees, Chris Ablitt and Andrew Warwick, recently graduated with theses on unusual thermal expansion in naturally layered perovksites, and emergent electronic phenomena in halide perovskites for solar cells, respectively. He currently co-supervises Christopher Keegan and Chengcheng Xiao.
et al., 2016, Symmetry Switching of Negative Thermal Expansion by Chemical Control, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:138, ISSN:1520-5126, Pages:5479-5482
Bristowe N, Varignon J, Ghosez P, 2016, Electric field control of Jahn-Teller distortions in bulk perovskites, Physical Review Letters, Vol:116, ISSN:1079-7114
et al., 2015, Ferromagnetism induced by entangled charge and orbital orderings in ferroelectric titanate perovskites, Nature Communications, Vol:6, ISSN:2041-1723
et al., 2015, Role of hydrogen-bonding and its interplay with octahedral tilting in CH3NH3PbI3, Chemical Communications, Vol:51, ISSN:1364-548X, Pages:6434-6437
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
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