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TCM congratulates Yu Yang Liu on his successful PhD viva. Yang is moving on to a postdoc in MIT before returning to A*STAR in Singapore
TCM congratulates Dr Sebastian Ahnert as he starts a lectureship in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. His new Department is not far from TCM, and we expect him to maintain his links with TCM.
Dr Bartomeu Monserrat has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to explaining Quantum Mechanics, and Dr Michael Rutter has launched a small website of some Maths and Physics experiments one can do on a Raspberry Pi.
TCM congratulates Dr Bartomeu Monserrat on being named by JPhys Materials as an Emerging Leader 2020 for his development of first principles quantum mechanical methods to study material properties at non-zero temperatures.
The fourth OPTIMADE workshop to develop a common API to access materials databases is running this week, hosted by CECAM (virtually) at Lausanne. The workshop is co-organized by Dr Conduit, with Matthew Evans helping to lead the development of an open source python library.
TCM congratulates Ezequiel Rodriguez Chiacchio on successfully defending his PhD thesis in his viva.
A team of TCM PhD students, Yu Yang Liu, Lupeng Yang and Siyu Chen, won prizes in the Future of Blockchain competition. They applied the blockchain to train multiple machine learning models collaboratively while keeping data private. Their platform, DeepVerse, was initiated and is developed by Yu Yang Liu.
TCM congratulates Dr Sarah Teichmann on her election as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Her research, on protein complexes, and on gene regulation in the immune system, bridges computational and experimental molecular biology. It has produced insights into cancer, and into respiratory and auto-immune diseases. She is also the co-founder and co-leader of the Human Cell Atlas consortium.
The entry to the Open Source Malaria prize by TCM members Dr Gareth Conduit & Alex Wade and TCM alumni Dr Ben Irwin, Dr Tom Whitehead & Dr Matthew Segall has been experimentally verified as the most potent compound submitted. It was discovered using the machine learning algorithm Alchemite™ invented and developed by Dr Conduit.
The TCM Group is very sorry to learn of the death, on 29th March, of Prof. Philip W. Anderson, one of the most influential condensed matter theorists. Phil was Head of TCM from 1967 to 1975, and delighted to point out that, in naming the Group, he coined the term "condensed matter physics." In 1977 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (shared with John Van Vleck and Sir Nevill Mott) for "fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems."
TCM replaces its failing coffee machine with a new model, one which contains much more electronics than the previous ones.
Congratulations to Will Grant on passing his PhD viva. Will is moving to California to pursue his career.
Scientists from all around the world gathered to celebrate Mike Payne's 60th Birthday on 11 January 2020. The Old Library at Pembroke College provided a splendid backdrop for the event, at which the audience heard about Mike's lofty scientific achievements, in particular the development and commercialization of the venerable CASTEP and ONETEP codes, and colleagues former and present reminisce about their time with Mike in Cambridge. The day was finished off with a fine Dinner in Pembroke.
A neural network developed jointly by Intellegens and Optibrium is one of the winners of the Open Source Malaria prize for predicting new anti-malarial compounds. Their model was based on Alchemite, an algorithm developed by Dr Gareth Conduit, and TCM alumni Drs Whitehead and Irwin worked to apply it to this particular task.
TCM congratulates Dr Bartomeu Monserrat on being appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Materials Science. The Department is only a few hundred yards away, and we hope to continue to work closely with Dr Monserrat after he takes up his new post in January.
12th NovemberThe November issue of Physics World includes an interview with Dr Gareth Conduit describing how he formed a startup company, Intellegens, to commercialize novel neural network techniques whose applications span alloy design for jet engines, 3D printing, and drug design.
TCM congratulates Beñat Mencia on passing his PhD viva. Beñat is now working on machine learning for Bosch in California.
The Group also welcomes six new postdocs and visitors, and twelve new graduate students. We wish all a pleasant a productive time in the Group.
TCM congratulates Kevin Duff on passing his PhD viva. Kevin now works for Enthought in its Cambridge offices.
TCM congratulates Edward Linscott on passing his PhD viva. Edward will be moving to the group of TCM alumnus Nicola Marzari at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
We are delighted that TCM alumna, Dr Alix Pryde, has been elected to the Institute of Physics Council. She takes on this role on top of her other responsibilites as Director of Service Strategy and Operational Delivery at Sky UK and a Non-Executive Director at the King's College Hospital NHS Trust.
We are delighted that, in this year's IoP Awards, Prof Mark Warner was awarded the Bragg Medal, jointly with Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, for setting up and directing the Isaac Physics programme which "has revolutionised physics education for teachers and students in an extraordinary number of UK schools."
Prof Nigel Cooper received the Lord Rayleigh medal "for profound contributions to the quantum theory of many-particle systems, concerning both topological phases of cold atoms in artificial gauge fields and novel phenomena in electronic materials."
The first TCM research formal of the 2018-19 academic year took place on Thursday 6 June at St John's College. A fun night was had by all, hopefully the first of many!
A pioneering application of machine learning by Gareth Conduit has been experimentally proven to predict accurately the properties of metal-organic frameworks. This class of materials has many promising applications including the extraction water from the air in the desert and the storage of dangerous gases including in hydrogen-based cars.
TCM congratulates Chris Parmee on successfully defending his PhD thesis. We wish him well for the future.
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It is with great sadness that we report the death of former colleague, Prof David Thouless. Prof Thouless held posts in TCM in the 1960s and 1980s, and was a frequent Summer visitor thereafter whilst working at the University of Washington, Seattle. His illustrious career contributing to the theory of phases of matter culminated in the award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, which he is shown above left receiving from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
We welcome Dr Bingqing Cheng who has just joined the Group as a Junior Research Fellow of Trinity College. She has recently completed her PhD at EPFL, working on statistical mechanics and atomistic modelling.
Congratulations to Nontawit Cheewaruangroj for passing his PhD viva today. Nontawit is going on to work on public policy in science and technology for the Thai government.
Three TCM researchers, Yu Yang Liu, Bart Andrews, and Gareth Conduit, had their paper "Direct evaluation of the force constant matrix in quantum Monte Carlo" selected as Editors' Pick in the Journal of Chemical Physics 150, 034104 (2019). Well done!
TCM congratulates Bart Andrews on passing his PhD viva. Bart is currently working as a postdoc in the University of Zurich.
TCM congratulates Ben Irwin on passing his PhD viva. Ben leaves us to work with a local company applying machine learning to drug design.
TCM congratulates Alice Allen on passing her PhD viva. Alice remains in Cambridge, taking up a postdoc position with Prof Gábor Csányi in the Engineering Department.
Prof Mark Warner has just published Pre-University Mathematics for Sciences, the latest in a series of Sixth Form level text books aimed particularly at the Physical Sciences and available at isaacbooks.org. The series is sold at cost price, £1 per book, and over 120,000 copies have been sold.
Dr Gareth Conduit has won a £1M InnovateUK award alongside Optibrium and the Medicines Discovery Catapult to use deep learning to improve the efficiency and productivity of drug discovery.
We congratulate Prof Ben Simons on the award of a Royal Society EP Abraham Research Professorship. He moves to DAMTP, and he will also establish an experimental lab. Ben has been central to activities in TCM and the Cavendish for many years, through his outstanding record of research across disciplines, and through his leadership, notably as Head of the TCM Group. We wish him every success in his new activities, and are pleased that he has chosen to remain co-affiliated with TCM.
As the new academic year starts TCM welcomes over a dozen new PhD students and two new postdocs, Drs Jan Behrends and Shovan Dutta. We wish all our new members a pleasant and productive time in the Group.
With the close of the 2017-18 academic year we express our best wishes to those who recently left TCM, moving to a variety of fulfilling positions in the UK and beyond.
Dr Gareth Conduit and startup Intellegens have licensed their deep learning code Alchemite™ to Optibrium for resale to clients in drug discovery. Optibrium CEO, Dr Matt Segall, who completed his PhD in TCM, comments "their deep learning technology, already proven in the field of materials design, has shown remarkable results when applied to challenging drug discovery".
Daniel Rowlands passed his PhD viva and will take up a position in the Catholic Church.
Congratulations to Ed Tait for passing his PhD viva. Ed is now working for a local software company.
Congratulations to Graham Spink on graduating his PhD. We wish Graham well for his lectureship at the University of Chester.
Congratulations to Adam Smith on a successful PhD viva. We wish Adam well for the future: in September he leaves us for a postdoc position in Germany.
Congratulations to Max McGinley on winning the Nature Reviews Physics prize for the best poster at the ICTP Conference on Quantum Dynamics of Disordered Interacting Systems in Trieste.
Congratulations to Bruno Loureiro on a successful PhD viva. We wish Bruno well for the future.
Congratulations to Dr Bartomeu Monserrat on receiving a five-year Winton Fellowship for research on ab initio computer modelling of materials at room temperature, with applications including solar cells. Dr Monserrat will remain a member of TCM, and is TCM's fifth Winton Fellow.
Pavao Santak has been elected MCR President of Fitzwilliam College. Well done!
TCM congratulates Gabriel Constantinescu on a successful PhD viva. Gabriel now leaves us for the world of finance.
TCM is delighted that Bartomeu Monserrat won the Volker Heine Young Investigator award, presented at the German Physical Society's Spring Meeting.
TCM congratulates Angela Harper on receiving the American Physical Society's LeRoy Apker Award "for significant contributions to printed electronics research and outstanding leadership of the Society of Physics Students and Society of Women in STEM fields."
TCM congratulates Joe Prentice on successfully defending his PhD thesis. Joe is now a postdoc at Imperial College.
TCM congratulates Tom Whitehead on successfully defending his PhD thesis "Interacting Fermi Gases". Well done!
Cambridge Enterprise has provided funding for Intellegens, a spin-out company, co-founded by Gareth Conduit, which has developed proprietary algorithms to allow neural networks to be trained on incomplete data. The technique has already been applied to materials design and drug discovery, but is much more generally applicable.
TCM congratulates David Turban for passing his PhD viva.
We welcome Dr Karolina Milowska who has just joined the Group as a postdoc working with Prof Mike Payne using linear scaling DFT. She previously worked in the Materials Science Department.
The new academic year sees TCM welcoming many new members. We extend a particular welcome to Dr Benjamin Béri, who joins us from Birmingham University to take up a joint lectureship between Physics and DAMTP. We also welcome Drs Matteo Brunelli and Tom Hiscock as postdocs, Profs David Bowler and Claudio Chamon as sabbatical visitors, and over a dozen new PhD students.
We wish all our new members a pleasant and productive time in the Group.
TCM congratuates Gareth Conduit for winning the Society of Chemical Industry presentation award.
We are pleased that Andrew Morris has been appointed to a Lectureship at Birmingham University from October. He will remain in close contact with his many collaborators in TCM, and we expect him to be a frequent visitor.
We congratulate Martin Mayo on his successful PhD viva.
We are pleased that John Biggins has been appointed to a Lectureship in the Mechanics, Materials and Design Division of the Engineering Department, a position which he will take up in September. We are sure that John will retain strong links with TCM as he joins a Division already containing a TCM member, Prof Gábor Csányi.
We are pleased to report that Nigel Cooper has been selected as a 2017 Simons Investigator in Physics. The program provides "support for outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists." Quoting from the citation, "Nigel has shown how to design optical lattices for cold atoms that provide controllable laboratories for exploring the physics of interacting particles in the presence of gauge fields. He is also known for foundational works on the topological Kondo effect and on quantum oscillations in topological insulators."
Dr Knolle's work as part of an international team including experimentalists from Oak Ridge National Lab has led to the observation of magnetic Majorana fermion quasiparticles. Neutron scattering experiments at very low temperatures in ruthenium trichloride showed close agreement to the theoretical quantum spin liquid predictions.
The image shows a neutron (blue line) scattering from RuCl3 producing a Majorana fermion (green wave) which disrupts the electron spins. Image credit Jill Hemman / ORNL press release.
TCM congratulates Joseph Nelson on passing his PhD viva. Joseph remains with us as a postdoc in Andrew Morris's group.
Drs Andrew Morris and Paulo Medeiros, with PhD student Jamie Wynn, have simulated the world's thinnest metallic nanowire, a 1D chain of tellurium inside a carbon nanotube. The computational simulations revealed a number of different configurations which the Te atoms take up within the nanotube as the tube's diameter varies in the range 0.7nm to 1.1nm, with only the thinnest tubes giving a linear chain rather than a helical twisted chain. Collaborators in the University of Warwick have shown that their predictions match the structures found experimentally.
TCM congratulates James Hamp on passing his PhD viva.
TCM congratulates Johannes Knolle on gaining a lectureship at Imperial College. He will take up this post at the start of the new academic year, and we are pleased that he intends to continue to collaborate closely with TCM.
TCM congratulates Yang Liu on winning a poster prize at the CCP9 Young Researchers event.
TCM congratulates Salvatore Tesoro on passing his PhD viva.
TCM congratulates Lars Schonenberg on passing his PhD viva.
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TCM alumni Prof David Thouless (pictured) and Prof Duncan Haldane receive the Physics Nobel Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
TCM celebrates its annual Christmas party, complete with traditional pantomime written, starred, and directed by the new 1st-year PhD students. Many thanks to all the new students, especially Mark Johnson for writing the pantomime and Ezequiel Rodriguez Chiacchio for leading the organisation. Merry Christmas to all!
We are delighted that Dr Rutter has been re-elected to President of the UCU Cambridge branch.
TCM congratulates Aurelio Romero-Bermudez on passing his PhD viva.
TCM congratulates Sarah Morgan on passing her PhD viva.
TCM is proud and delighted to announce that two of its alumni shared in the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. Prof. David J. Thouless moved from the Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Department in Cambridge to take up a lectureship in the Solid State Theory group (the early incarnation of TCM) from 1964-65 before moving to the University of Birmingham, where he remained on the faculty for many years. In 1980, David returned to TCM as a Royal Society Research Professor, moving soon after to the University of Washington, Seattle. Fortunately, he remained a frequent Summer visitor to the group. Prof. F. Duncan M. Haldane was a graduate student in TCM working under the supervision of another Nobel Laureate from the group, Prof. Philip Anderson, and receiving his PhD in 1978 before transferring to a post-doctoral position at the Institut Laue-Langevin. . Together with Cavendish graduate Prof. J. Michael Kosterlitz, they received the Nobel Prize "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter". Further information can be found at the Nobel website.
TCM starts the academic year by welcoming eleven new PhD students to its ranks. We are also delighted that Prof Emilio Artacho is now full-time with TCM.
The previous academic year saw our members gain lectureships elsewhere, as well as many other achievements. At this time we particularly congratulate Prof Gábor Csányi, a postdoc in TCM from 2001 to 2007, on becoming a Professor in Cambridge's Engineering Department.
We congratulate Thomas Bilitewski on passing his PhD viva. Thomas has a position in a Max Plank Institute.
We congratulate Sam Smith on passing his PhD viva. Sam leaves TCM for a job in London.
We congratulate Connie Hsueh on passing her MPhil viva. Connie is now a PhD student at Stanford University.
Prof Sir David MacKay
With sadness we pass on the news that Prof. Sir David MacKay, FRS, Regius Professor of Engineering, visitor to TCM from 2013, has passed away after a battle with cancer. His enthusiasm, broad interest in science, and genius for communication made him a pleasure to know.
We congratulate Jonathan Lloyd-Williams on passing his PhD viva. He will remain in TCM as a postdoc.
TCM congratulates Prof Sir David Mackay on receiving a knighthood in the Queen's New Year honours list for services to Scientific Advice in Government and Science Outreach.
23rd DecemberTCM celebrates Christmas two days early because all members now have complete web profiles. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year!
We congratulate Antoniya Aleksandrova on passing her PhD viva.
We congratulate Teresa Krieger on passing her PhD viva.
TCM is delighted that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has commited £75 million to rebuild the Cavendish Laboratory.
We congratulate Jian-Hao Li on passing his PhD viva.
We are delighted that Dr Rutter has been re-elected unopposed to President of the UCU Cambridge branch.
TCM member Graham Spink awarded a Lectureship in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Chester.
Prof Simons delivered the Larmor Lecture to the Cambridge Philosophical Society. His title was "The statistical physics of stem cell biology: Dicing with fate".
We congratulate Dr Hannezo on taking a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, and Dr Hofmann on taking a Research Fellowship at Caius College.
As the new academic year starts, TCM welcomes fifteen new PhD students and visiting students, and five new post docs, visitors and Fellows.
18th SeptemberProf. Mark Warner's" The Isaac Physics Project" shortlisted for The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research award.
15th to 18th September
TCM hosted a Onetep Masterclass from 15th to 18th September attended by thirty researchers from the UK & Europe.
Congratulations to Prof Simons on being awarded the Royal Society's Gabor Medal 2015 for his "work analysing stem cell lineages in development, tissue homeostasis and cancer, revolutionising understanding of stem cell behaviour in vivo".
The TCM 60th photo is now available to view and order online.
To mark 60 years of SST/TCM, we held a half-day symposium and a celebratory dinner.
TCM's new website goes live at 11:36. First bug report at 11:37.
Congratulations to Professor Chris Pickard who has won the 2015 Rayleigh Medal.
Watch TCM's John Biggins explain the chain fountain on BBC1's the One Show!
7th MayIt is with great sadness that we report the death of former colleague, Professor Sir Sam Edwards. Professor Sir Sam Edwards was the Cavendish Professor of Physics and Chairman of the Science Research Council.
Congratulations to TCM alumnus Prof Mike Cates on being elected to the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics. Prior to moving to a chair in Edinburgh, Mike was a lecturer in TCM. Former holders of this chair include Profs Stephen Hawking, Paul Dirac, and Isaac Newton.
Congratulations to Prof Chris Pickard on being elected to the Sir Alan Cottrell Chair of Materials Science at Cambridge.
Dr Dmitry Kovrizhin is awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship.
26th DecemberThe chain fountain is demonstrated by Jimmy Carr on the Christmas Edition of QI.
26th NovemberDr Michael Rutter has started his term as President of the UCU Cambridge branch.
Mr Bartomeu Monserrat receives a Henslow Research Fellowship.
30th SeptemberThe Rutherford Physics Partnership, lead by Prof. Mark Warner, launches an open online course for school physics students isaacphysics.org.
19th SeptemberDr Gareth Conduit has secured a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
3rd-10th AugustQuantum Monte Carlo and the CASINO program IX, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
26th July-2nd AugustQuantum Monte Carlo in the Apuan Alps IX, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
7th-11th JulyInternational Conference on Highly Frustrated Magnetism 2014, Queens' College, Cambridge. Organised and hosted by Dr Castelnovo et al.
26th JuneDr John Biggins has been appointed to a 3-year University Lectureship.
Dr David Huggins is awarded a Medical Research Council Advanced Fellowship.
- Oct, Dr Gunnar Möller receives a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
- Aug, Onetep Masterclass, Cambridge. Organised and hosted by Prof Payne, Dr Hine et al.
- Aug, Quantum Monte Carlo and the CASINO program VIII, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
- Jul/Aug, Quantum Monte Carlo in the Apuan Alps VIII , Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
- Apr, Prof Mark Warner is awarded the Gray Medal from the British Liquid Crystal Society.
- Oct, Dr Andrew Morris secures a Winton Advanced Research Fellowship.
- Aug, Onetep Masterclass, Cambridge. Organised and hosted by Prof Payne et al.
- Aug, Quantum Monte Carlo and the CASINO program summer school and workshop, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
- Jan, Dr Alex Chin receives a Winton Advanced Fellowship.
12th JanuaryDr Gareth Conduit has won the Institute of Physics 3 Minute Wonder competition.
- Sep, 3rd Annual UK-NL Condensed Matter Meeting, Cambridge. Organised by Dr van Wezel.
- Sep, XVth International Workshop on Quantum Systems in Chemistry and Physics, Cambridge. Organised by Drs Cole and Drummond.
- Aug/Sep, 21st Century Directions in de Broglie-Bohm Theory and Beyond, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
- Jul/Aug, Quantum Monte Carlo Workshop and CASINO Summer School, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
- Jul, Senior Physics Challenge sixth form event, Cambridge. Director Dr Cheung.
- Apr, Onetep Spring School, Cambridge. Organised and hosted by Prof Payne et al.
- Nov, Critical Fluctuations in Spin and Charge Systems, Cambridge. Organised by Drs van Wezel and Saxena.
- Sep, KKR and Many Body Applications, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
- Sep, International Conference on Spontaneous Coherence in Excitonic Systems, Cambridge. Organised by Prof. Littlewood.
- Jul/Aug, Quantum Monte Carlo Workshop and CASINO Summer School, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
- Jul, Onetep Summer School, Cambridge. Organised and hosted by Prof Payne et al.
- Jul, Senior Physics Challenge sixth form event, Cambridge. Director Dr Cheung.
- Sep, Linear-scaling ab Initio Calculations: Applications and Future Directions, CECAM Workshop, Lyon. Organiser Dr Haynes.
- Aug, Advances in Continuum Quantum Monte Carlo Methods, CECAM Workshop, Lyon. Organiser Prof. Needs.
- Jul, Senior Physics Challenge sixth form event, Cambridge. Director Prof. Warner.
- Jul 07, Quantum Monte Carlo Workshop and CASINO Summer School, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
- Aug 06, Senior Physics Challenge sixth form event, Cambridge. Director Prof. Warner.
- Jul 06, Quantum Monte Carlo Workshop and CASINO Summer School, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany. Organised and hosted by Dr Towler.
- Jul 06, College on Physics of Nanodevices, Trieste. Director Prof. Littlewood.
- Jul 06, Hybrid Atomistic Methods for Materials and Biological Systems, CECAM Workshop, Lyon. Organiser Dr Csanyi.
- Jun 06, Photon Mediated Phenomena Workshop, Cambridge. Hosted by Prof. Littlewood.
- Jan 06, Recent Developments in Computational Electronic Structure workshop, Cambridge. Hosted by Prof. Needs (and Dr Alavi from CUC3).