Professor Ben Slater

  Ben joined UCL in 2007 (2007: Lecturer, 2012: Reader, 2016:Professor), prior to this he was an Assistant Director and Davy-Faraday Research Fellow in the Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory at the Royal Institution. 
Summary of research group
  We develop and apply atomistic modelling approaches to a range of challenges in materials chemistry. We use high-level approaches to probe why materials adopt particular crystal structures – their detailed internal structure, including defects – their external form and surface structure and we seek to explain the origin of functional behaviour in materials. We focus on fundamental materials, like water ice, which is still revealing subtle properties that influence its physical properties.  We also investigate materials with tremendous commercial importance, such as zeolites that are ubiquitous in petrochemical applications. As well as seeking to explain observed materials structures and properties, we also predict how materials can be tweaked at the atomic level, to increase their potency in catalysis, molecular separation and molecular storage.

Research highlights
Research Facilities
  • ARCHER, the UK’s national supercomputer
  • Barrer Prize, RSC (2008)
Research interests
  • Zeolites 
  • Metal organic frameworks
  • Porous solids
  • Ice and clathrate hydrate materials
  • Polymorphism
  • Order/disorder behaviour
  • Surface and interface chemistry
  • Defects
  • Crystalline and amorphous materials
  • Materials chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Quantum chemical approaches: density functional theory and post-Hartree Fock methods
  • Classical modelling using forcefields
  • Approaches for sampling rare-events
  • High performance computing

    • CHEM1101 - Basic Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM3001 - An Introduction to Research Methods
    • CHEM3141 - Inorganic Rings and Clusters