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.

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5d electron comprising metals are used in electronics because of their high spin−orbit coupling (SOC) leading to efficient spin-electric conversion (e.g. the spin Hall, spin torque, and spin Seebeck effects). Development of new routes to dynamic external control of SOC, ideally based on sustainable and benign materials, would be highly desirable for emerging low-power computing technologies such as spin-transfer torque memories and pure spin current circuits.


In this paper, using molecular dynamics simulations, TYC members have investigated the interface between a prototypical pLGICs and the membrane as a function of lipid composition, uncovering how cholesterol promotes lipid interactions with parts of the neuroreceptor that are key to its function.


The melting transition at the nanoscale cannot always be easily identified.  It can be confused with structural rearrangements (atoms moving and changing positions inside the nanoparticle) or it can be such a smooth change that it goes unnoticed. 


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