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Prof Desmond McMorrow
3C.4
London Centre for Nanotechnology
17-19 Gordon Street
London
WC1H 0AJ
Appointment
  • Chair in Experimental Physics
  • London Centre for Nanotechnology
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Biography

  • 2015-present Vice Dean for Research, MAPS Faculty
  • 2016-present EPSRC Established Career Fellowship
  • 2014-2015 Director (acting), London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL
  • 2008-2014 Deputy Director, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL
  • 2004-present  Professor of Physics, UCL
  • 2004-2009  Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award
  • 2002-2003  Senior Research Scientist, Riso National Laboratory, Denmark
  • 2000-2002  Head of Research Programme, X-ray and Neutron scattering, Risø 
  • 1998-2003  External lecturer in Physics, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen
  • 1993-2000  Senior Scientist, Risø National Laboratory
  • 1991-1993  Senior College Lecturer, Keble College, Oxford
  • 1990-1993  Research Fellow, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford
  • 1987-1990  Research Fellow, Physics Department, University of Edinburgh
  • 1983-1987  Ph. D., University of Manchester
  • 1979-1983  B.Sc. in Physics, University of Sheffield

Research Summary

My research is focussed on understanding how electrons organise themselves in solids to produce the wonderfully diverse range of phenomena encountered in modern condensed matter physics. I am particularly interested in how low-dimensionality and strong collective quantum effects can produce new states of matter, such as the high-temperature superconductors, quantum spin liquids, etc. 


The techniques I develop are based mainly on using x-rays and neutrons to probe the structural and magnetic correlations that dominate the low-energy behaviour of these and other interesting classes of solids. This invariably means that I spend significant periods of time at central facilities such as ISIS and the Diamond Light Source  in Oxfordshire, and the Institute Laue-Langevin and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, both located in Grenoble, France.

Teaching Summary

I have developed and delivered two full lecture courses since 2004:

  • 2004-2010:      4472 Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
  • 2011-present:   3225 Solid State Physics

I also deliver lectures at numerous schools and workshops.

I have co-authored with Jens Als-Nielsen the textbook "Elements of Modern X-ray Physics"
(John Wiley and Sons). This is now in its second edition, has become established as a standard text for teaching X-ray Physics, and has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. It has sold more than 7000 copies.
 

Academic Background
1987 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Chemical Physics University of Manchester
1983 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Physics University of Sheffield
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