The research groups of the Thomas Young Centre frequently publish important advances that are of interest to a wide multi-disciplinary audience. The items on our "Science Highlights" pages are short summaries of some of these advances, usually based on publications in high-impact journals.


Under typical conditions on Earth, ice exhibits two distinct polytypes: hexagonal and cubic. Yet, despite its importance to nature (e.g. the atmosphere) and technology (e.g. cryopreservation), the crystallization of liquid water to cubic ice has never been achieved in the lab nor directly observed in nature.

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Using state-of-the-art ab-initio defect techniques, three TYC researchers finally reconcile theoretical predictions with experimental observations for the cadmium vacancy, a prominent acceptor species in p-type CdTe (Cadmium telluride), a stable crystalline compound mainly used in commercially-important thin-film photovoltaic technology.

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TYC researcher Evgeny Kozic and his colleagues study interacting electrons on a square lattice using the diagrammatic Monte Carlo method, which allows them to describe a challenging regime of long-range antiferromagnetic correlations with controlled accuracy.

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Ferroelectric materials, such as the ABO3 perovskite ceramic BaTiO3, display a spontaneous and reversible electrical polarisation which make them promising candidates for a range of electronics applications.


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