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Dr Anthony Phillips

Lecturer in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

Department School of Physics and Astronomy
 Temporary Building, Mile End
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3429
Email a.e.phillips@qmul.ac.uk
Homepage http://ph.qmul.ac.uk/directory/a.e.phillips

Research Keywords

Neutron scattering, Disordered materials, Hybrid materials, Negative thermal expansion

Research Interests

My research focuses on the relationship between the atomic structure of materials and their functional properties. I study the structural response of materials to in situ perturbations such as changes in temperature or pressure or irradiation with light. This has included materials with negative coefficients of thermal expansion (i.e., that shrink as you heat them up) and photochromic and photorefractive materials, whose colour and refractive index change as a result of light illumination.

My work is both experimental and computational. On the experimental side much of my work takes place at central facilities, including synchrotrons and neutron sources. On the computational side I use both ab initio and empirical-potential modelling, especially using the density-functional theory code CASTEP.

I am also interested in the mathematical and computational problems that often arise in structural studies. These include problems of statistical inference (does an experimental data set provide sufficient evidence to posit a subtle structural change?), group-theoretical analysis of symmetry changes at phase transitions, and challenges associated with navigating a complex, multi-dimensional phase space when establishing a structural model and refining it against either experimental or computed data.

Collaborators in the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics include Martin Dove and Alan Drew.

Key Publications

beake EOR, tucker M, dove MT and PHILLIPS AE (2016). Orientational disorder in adamantane and adamantanecarboxylic acid. Wiley: 12 Months  Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry  10.1002/cphc.201601219

Duncan HD, Dove MT, Keen DA and Phillips AE (2016). Local structure of the metal?organic perovskite dimethylammonium manganese( ii ) formate. Dalton Trans.  vol. 45, (10) 4380-4391. 10.1039/C5DT03687A

Fang H, Dove MT and Phillips AE (2014). Common origin of negative thermal expansion and other exotic properties in ceramic and hybrid materials. Physical Review B  vol. 89, (21) 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.214103

Fang H, Phillips AE, Dove MT, Tucker MG and Goodwin AL (2013). Temperature-dependent pressure-induced softening in Zn(CN)(2). Physical Review B  vol. 88, (14) 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.144103

Beake EOR, Dove MT, Phillips AE, Keen DA, Tucker MG, Goodwin AL, Bennett TD and Cheetham AK (2013). Flexibility of zeolitic imidazolate framework structures studied by neutron total scattering and the reverse Monte Carlo method. J Phys Condens Matter  vol. 25, (39) 10.1088/0953-8984/25/39/395403

2016

beake EOR, tucker M, dove MT and PHILLIPS AE (2016). Orientational disorder in adamantane and adamantanecarboxylic acid. Wiley: 12 Months  Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry  10.1002/cphc.201601219

Dunstan MT, Maugeri SA, Liu W, Tucker MG, Taiwo OO, Gonzalez B, Allan PK, Gaultois MW, Shearing PR, Keen DA, Phillips AE, Dove MT, Scott SA, Dennis JS and Grey CP (2016). In situ studies of materials for high temperature CO2 capture and storage. Faraday Discuss  vol. 192, 217-240. 10.1039/c6fd00047a

Evans NL, Thygesen PMM, Boström HLB, Reynolds EM, Collings IE, Phillips AE and Goodwin AL (2016). Control of Multipolar and Orbital Order in Perovskite-like [C(NH2)3]CuxCd1-x(HCOO)3 Metal-Organic Frameworks. J Am Chem Soc  vol. 138, (30) 9393-9396. 10.1021/jacs.6b05208

Duncan HD, Dove MT, Keen DA and Phillips AE (2016). Local structure of the metal?organic perovskite dimethylammonium manganese( ii ) formate. Dalton Trans.  vol. 45, (10) 4380-4391. 10.1039/C5DT03687A

2014

Fang H, Dove MT and Phillips AE (2014). Common origin of negative thermal expansion and other exotic properties in ceramic and hybrid materials. Physical Review B  vol. 89, (21) 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.214103

2013

Fang H, Phillips AE, Dove MT, Tucker MG and Goodwin AL (2013). Temperature-dependent pressure-induced softening in Zn(CN)(2). Physical Review B  vol. 88, (14) 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.144103

Beake EOR, Dove MT, Phillips AE, Keen DA, Tucker MG, Goodwin AL, Bennett TD and Cheetham AK (2013). Flexibility of zeolitic imidazolate framework structures studied by neutron total scattering and the reverse Monte Carlo method. J Phys Condens Matter  vol. 25, (39) 10.1088/0953-8984/25/39/395403

Phillips AE, Cole JM, Low KS and Cibin G (2013). L2,3-edge x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy analysis of photoisomerism in solid ruthenium-sulfur dioxide complexes. J Phys Condens Matter  vol. 25, (8) 10.1088/0953-8984/25/8/085505

2012

Cui XY, Soon A, Phillips AE, Zheng RK, Liu ZW, Delley B, Ringer SP and Stampfl C (2012). First principles study of 3d transition metal doped Cu3N. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials  vol. 324, (19) 3138-3143. 10.1016/j.jmmm.2012.05.021

Phillips AE and Cole JM (2012). Bayesian analysis of the evidence for minor components in crystallographic models: an alternative to the Hamilton R test. Acta Crystallogr A  vol. 68, (Pt 3) 324-330. 10.1107/S0108767312010094

Phillips AE, Cole JM, d'Almeida T and Low KS (2012). Ru-OSO coordination photogenerated at 100 K in tetraammineaqua(sulfur dioxide)ruthenium(II) (?)-camphorsulfonate. Inorg Chem  vol. 51, (3) 1204-1206. 10.1021/ic2021808

2010

Phillips AE, Cole JM, d'Almeida T and Low KS (2010). Effects of the reaction cavity on metastable optical excitation in ruthenium-sulfur dioxide complexes. Phys Rev B  vol. 82, (15) 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.155118

Phillips AE, Halder GJ, Chapman KW, Goodwin AL and Kepert CJ (2010). Zero thermal expansion in a flexible, stable framework: tetramethylammonium copper(I) zinc(II) cyanide. J Am Chem Soc  vol. 132, (1) 10-11. 10.1021/ja906895j

2008

Phillips AE, Goodwin AL, Halder GJ, Southon PD and Kepert CJ (2008). Nanoporosity and exceptional negative thermal expansion in single-network cadmium cyanide. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl  vol. 47, (8) 1396-1399. 10.1002/anie.200704421

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