dr dorothy duffy
- Department of Physics & Astronomy
- Gower Street
- WC1E 6BT
- Reader in Physics
- Dept of Physics & Astronomy
- Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Research SummaryFusion Materials Modelling: electronic effects, iron, tungsten, diamond
Modelling biomineralization: organic inorganic interfaces, crystallization of minerals on organic substrates
Ab Initio Simulations of the Interaction between Water and Defects on the Calcite (10(1)over-bar 4) Surface
1981DICDiploma of the Imperial CollegeImperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1981PhDDoctor of PhilosophyImperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1976BSc HonsBachelor 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 collaborating with Culham on modelling the effects of electronic excitations on radiation damage in metals. I was appointed as a lecturer at UCL in April 2005.