prof desmond mcmorrow

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  • Desmond
  • Francis
  • McMorrow
  • Prof Desmond McMorrow
  • Ex: 37189
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  • 2004-01-01
  • 7229
  • 3C.4
  • London Centre for Nanotechnology
  • 17-19 Gordon Street
  • London
  • WC1H 0AJ
Joined UCL
  • 2004-01-01

Research Summary

My research is focussed on understanding how electrons organise themselves in solids to produce the wonderfully diverse range of phenomena encountered in modern condensed matter physics. I am particularly interested in how low-dimensionality and strong collective quantum effects can produce new states of matter, such as the high-temperature superconductors, quantum spin liquids, etc. 

The techniques I develop are based mainly on using x-rays and neutrons to probe the structural and magnetic correlations that dominate the low-energy behaviour of these and other interesting classes of solids. This invariably means that I spend significant periods of time at central facilities such as ISIS and the Diamond Light Source  in Oxfordshire, and the Institute Laue-Langevin and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, both located in Grenoble, France.

Research Activities
  • 157
  • Interplay of frustration with heavy-electron physics
  • 156
  • Novel metal-organic quantum spin systems
  • 153
  • Quantum phase transitions in strongly correlated quantum systems
  • 158
  • Spin and lattice dynamics in novel iron-based superconductors
  • 154
  • Spin dynamics in low-dimensional and frustrated quantum magnets
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Academic Background

  • Award Year
  • 1987
    Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Manchester
  • 1983
    BSc Hons
    Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    University of Sheffield


  • 2015-present Vice Dean for Research, MAPS Faculty
  • 2016-present EPSRC Established Career Fellowship
  • 2014-2015 Director (acting), London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL
  • 2008-2014 Deputy Director, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL
  • 2004-present  Professor of Physics, UCL
  • 2004-2009  Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award
  • 2002-2003  Senior Research Scientist, Riso National Laboratory, Denmark
  • 2000-2002  Head of Research Programme, X-ray and Neutron scattering, Risø 
  • 1998-2003  External lecturer in Physics, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen
  • 1993-2000  Senior Scientist, Risø National Laboratory
  • 1991-1993  Senior College Lecturer, Keble College, Oxford
  • 1990-1993  Research Fellow, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford
  • 1987-1990  Research Fellow, Physics Department, University of Edinburgh
  • 1983-1987  Ph. D., University of Manchester
  • 1979-1983  B.Sc. in Physics, University of Sheffield

Additional Information
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