Prof Scott Woodley

Prof Scott Woodley

Professor of Computational Chemistry and Physics

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
23rd Nov 2000

Research summary

My research is focused on the structures and properties of materials.

My group develops, optimises and employs state-of-the-art materials software that is based on atomic and electronic levels of theory (either semi-empirical or ab initio).

Funded Projects include: SAINT (the develop of the web-based Surface and Interface Toolkit); WASP@N (development of the database and software for nanoclusters, aka. web assisted structure prediction at the nanoscale); and development and application of a new interatomic potential for sp-lone pair atoms.

Teaching summary

CHEM0050: Topics in Quantum Mechanics (fourth year module)

Application of Variation and Perturbation Theories (including that of degenerate states). 

CHEM0002-4: Quantitative Chemistry (first year modules)

Essentially mathematics for chemistry students arriving with less than A-level mathematics.

CHEM0054: Materials Modelling (postgraduate double module)

Global and Local Optimisation, Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics, Interatomic potentials, Vibrational and Combinatorial contributions to Free Energy.


University of Bath
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1997
University of Bristol
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1992


After graduating from the University of Bristol and then the University of Bath, I became a research associate at the Royal Institution of Great Britain working with Professors Richard Catlow, Julian Gale and Peter Battle.

After moving to University College London, I have established my own research group, have been elected to serve on the committee for CCP5 (twice) and the BACG, have been part of the procurement and bench-marking team for national computer resources and, currently, deputy director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science (M3S), Point of Contact and Co-I of the Tier-2 HEC (Thomas) based at the MMM Hub, and lead UK's HEC Materials Chemistry Consortium.