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Polystyrene C60 Composites
Perfectly imperfect: why it pays to mix it up with nanoparticles

Tuesday 20 June 2017

The discovery of bucky balls (the spherical molecules of Buckminsterfullerene, C60) in 1985 led to a Nobel Prize (in 1996) and the development of a new branch of chemistry, sending ripples through disciplines as diverse as astrochemistry, superconductivity and materials science.

Topological excitations in a quantum magnet
Evidence of topological excitations in a quantum magnet

Thursday 15 June 2017

Condensed matter physics is the study of how matter can organise itself. The different forms a material can take are called phases, and these phases determine the properties of the material – for example metals, magnets, insulators or superconductors.

Investigating the origin of excellent thermoelectric behaviour in Cu2Se

Wednesday 07 June 2017

In a world that is trying to balance an ever-increasing demand for electricity with a reduction in carbon emissions, energy efficiency is a hot topic. Researchers are keen to find ways to exploit the thermoelectric effect, wherein a temperature difference across a thermoelectric device leads to a voltage difference, in essence turning heat into electricity.

The Amati violin in IMAT, ISIS.
Son et lumière: neutrons illuminate the secrets of our musical heritage

Friday 24 March 2017

All cultures have music in some form, and the instruments used to produce it - and the tonal qualities they are designed to produce – change over time. Historical instruments are an important part of our cultural heritage, and scientific examination can help us to determine lost details about how the instruments were manufactured, and when, and provide us with important information to assist with their conservation.

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