Prof Christoph Salzmann

Professor of Physical and Materials Chemistry

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2011

Research summary

The research activities of our group focus on the structural characterisation of complex materials including disordered crystals, amorphous, glassy and nanomaterials as well as liquids. Our keen ambition is to establish links between the atomic structure of materials and their chemical and physical properties and performances. Building on this, we also investigate complex phase transitions, crystallisation phenomena, chemical reactions in confinements as well as the chemical functionalisation of nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes and graphene. Sample preparation methodologies include high-pressure as well as low- and high-temperature procedures, inert-gas chemical syntheses, vapour deposition techniques and standard wet chemistry. We are proud of the fact that we can synthesize most classes of materials in our lab.

Recent research highlights include the discovery of one-dimensional allotropes of phosphorus and arsenic, the dopant-induced disappearance of ice II from the phase diagram of ice, the control of stacking disorder in silver iodide, new insights into the structures of azeotropes and much more. Check out our list of publications

Teaching summary

CHEM0009: Basic Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics)

CHEM0038: Numerical Methods in Chemistry (Data acquisition, processing & analysis)


Universitat Innsbruck
Doctorate, Doktorat | 2004
Universitat Innsbruck
Other higher degree, Magister | 2001


2018 – present: Professor of Physical and Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University College London
2016 – 2018: Reader in Physical and Materials Chemistry (Associate Professor), Department of Chemistry, University College London
2011 – 2019: Royal Society University Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University College London
2009 – 2011: University Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Durham University
2007 – 2009: APART Research Fellow (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford
2006 – 2009: RJP Williams Junior Research Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford
2005 – 2007: Erwin Schrödinger Research Fellow (Austrian Science Fund), Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford
2004 – 2005: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Innsbruck & University College London
2001 – 2004: PhD in Chemistry, promotio sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae, University of Innsbruck
1995 – 2001: Undergraduate studies in Chemistry, highest distinction, University of Innsbruck, Austria