(01235) 445027
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​Job Role

I am an instrument scientist within the muon group here at ISIS. My main haunt is the RIKEN-RAL facility where I am responsible for both the ARGUS and CHRONUS spectrometers as well as other aspects of the beam line, however, I also spend a large amount of my time local contacting and performing experiments on the EC-Muon or south side muon spectrometers. One of ​the main aspects of my role is to help users, both novices and experienced, to perform muon spin spectroscopy experiments over the wide range of instruments and sample environments that we have on offer.

I am always open to helping people so if you have any queries, muon or otherwise related, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

​If you need me and are on site the short code phone numbers are x5027 (office) and x1165 (mobile).

Research Interests​

Muons are an exceptionally sensitive local probe of both nuclear and electronic magnetism and it is a technique I find extremely useful within my own research programme. To put it bluntly, what gets me up in the morning, are organic based functional materials. My favourite chemical is 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane, TCNQ for short, and I have spent a lot of time studying systems involving this molecule. There is just something particularly fascinating about the molecular symmetry. Part of the beauty of many conjugated organic molecules is their ability to couple novel conducting, magnetic and optical properties and I try to apply this thought to my own work. 

This isn't to say I don't do work into other types of materials. Over the past few years I have also performed work on novel inorganic systems such as 1D-magentic chains and dielec​​tric materials that have shown some interesting magnetic properties. I am generally interested in most things that show some form of exciting magnetic behaviour.

For more information please feel free to contact me.​


For a list of publications that I have been​ involved with please see ePubs. Below are a few highlights:​​

  • A 3D​​ antiferromagnetic ground state in a quasi-1D π-stacked charge-transfer system, Adam Berlie, Ian Terry and Marek Szablewski, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 12468-12472 

  • Dipolar glass and magneto-electric coupling within a π-stacked organic system, Adam Berlie, Ian Terry, Yun Liu and Marek Szablewski, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 6090-6095 

  • Understanding the role of electrons in the magnetism of a colossal permittivity dielectric material, Adam Berlie, Ian Terry, Stephen P. Cottrell, Wanbiao Hu and Yun Liu, ​Mater. Horiz., 2020, 7, 188-192 

  • Emergent magnetism from lithium freezing in lithium-doped boron nitride, Adam Berlie, John W. White, Mark Henderson, and Stephen P. Cottrell, ​Phys. Rev. Mater. ​2017, 1, 054405

  • Separating the ferromagnetic and glassy behavior within the metal-organic magnet Ni(TCNQ)2, Adam Berlie, Ian Terry, Marek Szablewski and Sean R. Giblin, Phys. Rev. B, 2015, 92, 184431