UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy

Prof Neal Skipper

Prof Neal Skipper

Professor of Physics

Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Mar 1994

Research summary

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.


University of Bristol
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1986
University of Bristol
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1983


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).