prof dorothy duffy

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  • Prof
  • Dorothy
  • Margaret
  • Duffy
  • Prof Dorothy Duffy
  • Tel: 020 7679 3032
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  • 2002-01-01
  • 595
  • A24
  • Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • Gower Street
  • London
  • WC1E 6BT
Joined UCL
  • 2002-01-01

Research Summary

Modelling radiation effects in materials (iron, tungsten, silicon)

Including electronic effects in radiation damage simulations of metals and insulators

Modelling the structural modifications caused by laser irradiation of metals

Modelling biomineralization: organic inorganic interfaces, crystallization of minerals on organic substrates

Atomistic modelling of stress in nanostructures

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Academic Background

  • Award Year
  • 1981
    Diploma of the Imperial College
    Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • 1981
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • 1976
    BSc Hons
    Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    University of Durham


I completed my PhD in the Condensed Matter theory group at Imperial College in 1981 and I then joined Reading University as a Post Doc funded by AEA Technology Harwell. During a successful collaboration with Harwell I helped to develop the first computer programs to model grain boundaries and interfaces in ionic crystals and I used the programs to calculate many interesting and unexpected properties of interfaces.

After a career break to raise my family I was awarded a Daphne Jackson fellowship at Reading University in 1996. During the fellowship I modelled the magnetic properties of supported metal nanoclusters. Since then I have applied modelling techniques to a diverse range of systems and processes, from wax inhibition at Warwick University to organic-inorganic interfaces at UCL. I am currently part of a large consortium (Hard Soft Interfaces; From Understanding to Engineering) aimed at understanding and exploiting biomineralisation processes. I develop methods for including the effects of excited electrons in radiation damage simulations for application to nuclear materials and nanotechnology. I was appointed as a lecturer at UCL in April 2005 and promoted to Reader in 2009.

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