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Professor Stephen Price awarded SASP Erwin Schrödinger Medal

Professor Stephen Price awarded SASP Erwin Schrödinger Medal

Professor Stephen Price received last week in the University Centre Obergurgl in Tyrol the SASP Erwin Schrödinger Medal. This award for outstanding research activities was passed as part of the "XIXth Symposium on Atomic, Cluster and Surface Physics (SASP)" by Prof. Roland Wester. More...


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Research by Prof Coveney highlighted on the BBC

Research by Professor Peter Coveney on how the use of computational biomedicine could be used to deliver personalised medicine, reported at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in the Virtual Humans: Helping Faciliate Breakthroughs in Medicine sub-symposium (an audio file of the symposium is available for purchase on the AAAS website) and featured in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, has been highlighted on the BBC Science and Environment News website.

RSC PCCP Hot Article: Atomistic Simulation of Bioglass

RSC PCCP Hot Article: Perspective on Bioglass Simulations

Dr Antonio Tilocca has recently had a paper highlighted as a hot article by the RSC. More...

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Researchers Grapple with Nuclear Legacy

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Electrical Control of Single Atom Magnets

The energy needed to change the magnetic orientation of a single atom – which determines its magnetic stability and therefore its usefulness in a variety of future device applications – can be modified by varying the atom’s electrical coupling to nearby metals. More...

R. Grau-Crespo, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 14879

Lithium and oxygen adsorption at MnO2 (110) surface

The adsorption and co-adsorption of lithium and oxygen at the surface of rutile-like manganese dioxide (β-MnO2), which are important in the context of Li–air batteries, are investigated using density functional theory. In the absence of lithium, the most stable surface of β-MnO2, the (110), adsorbs oxygen in the form of peroxo groups bridging between two manganese cations. Conversely, in the absence of excess oxygen, lithium atoms adsorb on the (110) surface at two different sites, which are both tri-coordinated to surface oxygen anions, and the adsorption always involves the transfer of one electron from the adatom to one of the five-coordinated manganese cations at the surface, creating (formally) Li+ and Mn3+ species. The co-adsorption of lithium and oxygen leads to the formation of a surface oxide, involving the dissociation of the O2 molecule, where the O adatoms saturate the coordination of surface Mn cations and also bind to the Li adatoms. This process is energetically more favourable than the formation of gas-phase lithium peroxide (Li2O2) monomers, but less favourable than the formation of Li2O2 bulk. These results suggest that the presence of β-MnO2 in the cathode of a non-aqueous Li–O2 battery lowers the energy for the initial reduction of oxygen during cell discharge. More...

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Newsletter released

The 2013 newletter for the Department has now been published and can be found, along with previous newsletters, under the Alumni section of the website. More...

Honorary Doctorate Award, Professor Sauer

Honorary Doctorate, Professor Sauer

Prof Sauer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UCL in September 2013. Prof Sauer has a long history of collaboration with UCL Chemistry, including work with computational chemists in the department. He is also one of the international team that has acted as an external assessor for the department in 2009. More...

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Dr Andrew Wills awarded Provosts Teaching Award

UCL is committed to providing outstanding, research-led teaching. The Provost’s Teaching Awards were set up to celebrate the best of pedagogic prowess at UCL and to reward staff who are making outstanding contributions to the learning experience and success of our students. More...