prof neal skipper
- Department of Physics & Astronomy
- UCL, Gower Street
- WC1E 6BT
- Professor of Physics
- Dept of Physics & Astronomy
- Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Our research aims to understand and control the properties of materials, by building up a picture of where the atoms are what the atoms do. This approach also allows us to design new materials that will perform particular functions for us. For example, we are currently creating solids that will be able to store hydrogen for the supply of clean energy, and we are devising ways to process nanotubes and graphene so that we can exploit the remarkable properties of these forms of carbon. We also have long-standing interests in the more fundamental properties of liquids and non-crystalline materials. We are experts in the handling of liquid ammonia, and are therefore able to exploit it's extraordinary properties as a solvent. These include it's ability to dissolve very large concentrations of electrons, giving us unique metallic liquids of very low density. We are also very interested in the way that aromatic molecules interact with each other. These interactions are a key factor in many important biological and chemical processes.
We use a variety of experimental and computational techniques in our research. In addition to our laboratories at UCL, we also make extensive use of international neutron and X-ray scattering facilities. For example the ISIS Neutron Source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble.
Activation and local structural stability during the thermal decomposition of Mg/Al-hydrotalcite by total neutron scattering
Dispersing carbon nanotubes, comprises contacting the nanotubes with an electronic liquid comprising a metal and an amine solvent
Probing the binding and spatial arrangement of molecular hydrogen in porous hosts via neutron Compton scattering
Structure and phase stability of hydrogenated first-stage alkali- and alkaline-earth metal-graphite intercalation compounds
Dispersing nanomaterial e.g. carbon nanotubes involves use of electrochemical process where a potential is applied between working electrode comprising the nanomaterial and counter electrode, which form part of an electrochemical cell
1986PhDDoctor of PhilosophyUniversity of Bristol
1983BSc HonsBachelor of Science (Honours)University of Bristol
Neal Skipper is Professor of Physics and a founder member of the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics group (CMMP) at University College London. He is also a Principal Investigator in the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).