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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Three Thomas Young Centre members recently published results of their computational study addressing ways to overcome limitations of using earth abundant transparent conducting oxides to generate renewable energy from the waste heat of thermoelectric materials.

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A TYC member at Imperial College London has worked with a team of international researchers to publish a study on 'Untying the insulating and superconducting orders in magic-angle graphene'. Johannes Lischner says that twisted bilayer graphene is one of the newest two-dimensional materials. It consists of two graphene sheets placed on top of each other and then rotated against each other. This rotation creates a moire pattern which leads to novel properties.


The same characteristics which make carbon a fascinating element for study also make it challenging to model computationally.  In this work, TYC researchers  present a machine learning potential for elemental carbon, trained using the Gaussian approximation potential (GAP) approach, demonstrating its flexibility and potential for scientific discovery.

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MMM Hub scientists recently published the results of their work in the publication Materials Chemistry A, giving an in-depth understanding of graphite edge effects that might provide new rational design approaches for tailored graphite materials by shifting attention from optimising the bulk properties towards tailoring interfaces.


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