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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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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Many complex materials in nature are made up of well-defined structural building blocks. Researchers from the UK and Italy have now used computer algorithms to disassemble a crystalline form of elemental phosphorus – and then to re-assemble the resulting building blocks into new arrangements.

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Using ab initio molecular dynamics and thermodynamic integration techniques, two TYC members were part of a team who conducted calculations to show that water prefers to be in liquid iron rather than silicate melt, concluding that the Earth’s core may host most of the planet’s water inventory.  The paper was published in Nature Geoscience Volume 13 and corresponding image used for the cover.


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