Prof Paul F. McMillan
Materials and Inorganic Chemistry - Solid State Chemistry - Sir William Ramsay Professor of Chemistry
Prof Paul McMillan
Address: Department of Chemistry, UCL
Phone No: +44 (0)20 7679 4610
Fax No: +44 (0)20 7679 7463
Research areas of interest include:
- High pressure research
- Solid state chemistry of new materials
- Applied vibrational spectroscopy
- Amorphous materials: liquid-liquid phase transitions and polyamorphism
- High pressure biophysics and microbiology
Our group explores high pressure solid state chemistry using large volume presses and diamond anvil cells with in situ studies carried out using optical spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray scattering. Synthesis-properties studies of new classes of functional materials are also being carried out at ambient conditions using chemical precursor techniques. New research areas in high pressure biophysics and microbiology are being developed. In situ optical spectroscopy (Raman, FTIR) is applied to problems in Earth and planetary science, catalysis and biomedicine. Structural studies of glasses and amorphous materials including polyamorphism and liquid-liquid phase transitions are on-going.
- McMillan PF (2005) Designed for adversity. Materials World, 13, 22.
- McMillan PF, Wilson M, Daisenberger D, Machon D (2005) A density-driven phase transition between semiconducting and metallic amorphous polymorphs of silicon. Nature Materials, 4, 680-684.
- McMillan PF (2005) Pressing on: The legacy of P.W. Bridgman. Nature Materials, 4, 715-718.
- Soignard E, Machon D, McMillan PF, Dong J, Xu B, Leinenweber K (2005) Spinel-structured gallium oxynitride (Ga3O3N): An experimental and theoretical study. Chem Mater, 17, 5465-5472
- McMillan PF (2005) A stranger in paradise. Science (perspective), 310, 1125-1126.