The physics of materials, with an emphasis on the nanoscale

We study fundamental phenomena and find solutions for critical issues such as energy, healthcare and information technology.

Our research is underpinned by advanced characterisation and a long-standing reputation for the development of transmission electron microscopy techniques.

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Latest News

20 July 2017: Imaging breakthrough reveals magnets' internal patterns: MCMP Research Fellow Sebastian Gliga has had his latest research published in the high profile journal Nature. He used synchrotron techniques to image the internal spin structure of a bulk magnetic material. The work is ground-breaking because, until now, it has only been possible to image surface magnetic structures, or the two-dimensional projections of thin materials; but most magnetic materials are three-dimensional in nature and this breakthrough is therefore expected to have wide application.

6 July 2017: Hurray for Monifa, who won the student 'best oral presentation' award at the recent EMAG meeting held within the Microscience Microscopy Congress 2017. Monifa fought-off fierce competition to become triumphant with her confident discussion of "Resistive Switching in a PCMO Device Incorporating a Zirconia Tunnel Barrier".

22 June 2017: Poster-tastic! Liam's poster caused a stir at the annual PIADS CDT Conclave, with his passion for plasmons bringing him first prize. Well done, Liam!

15 June 2017: Plasma FIB inauguration event - the big day, and the official opening of our fancy new Xenon Plasma FIB is finally here!

 (For earlier excitement, see our News Archive)

Latest Publication

Three-dimensional magnetization structures revealed with X-ray vector nanotomography,
C Donnelly, M Guizar-Sicairos, V Scagnoli, S Gliga, M Holler, J Raabe & LJ Heyderman
Nature 547 (2016) 328