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Theory of Condensed Matter

Theoretical Condensed Matter physics is about building models of physical processes, often driven by experimental data, generalising the solutions of those models to make predictions, and transferring the concepts gained into other areas. Theory plays an important role in understanding known phenomena and in predicting new ones.

With over seventy members, TCM is the largest university Condensed Matter Theory group in the country. Able to trace its history back for over sixty years, it has been home to many leading theoreticians.


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Five TCM researchers are amongst the international team which has just released OPTIMADE 1.2, described in Digital Discovery. This is an open-access database of material properties now containing over 27 million structures. It has a well-defined data structure enabling an increasing range automated queries and searches. This CECAM-funded resource is particularly useful for training AI models, including Intelligens' Alchemite. It is seeing growing use in many areas, including in developing corrosion-resistant metal alloys, catalysts and battery electrodes.

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