October 23, 2019

The special issue of Molecules "High–Pressure Behaviour of Solids: From Molecular Species to 3D-Framework Materials" is now online!

This Special Issue of Molecules aims to cover a broad range of high-pressure investigations on molecular up to three-dimensional framework...

October 1, 2019

Congratulations to Muzi and Mingze, this year's MSc students in the group who both received distinction marks in their research projects! Muzi's project investigated local structure in chain cyanides and Mingze worked on group 11 pseudo-cyanides. 

I look forward to seei...

In the 2D "flatlands", graphene stands tall as the most exciting discovery for future technologies. Despite its many attractive properties however, graphene lacks a natural band gap that would allow electrical flow to be switched on and off (it is a zero gap semiconduc...

February 25, 2016

In science frustration can become part of everyday life: the experiment doesn't work the way you wanted, someone else booked the instrument you needed, and of course the fact the paper (or your thesis) won't write itself. Most people try to avoid frustration; it is gen...

August 20, 2013

Just like a water bottle shrinks at the end of a flight as the air pressure increases, most objects get smaller in every direction when pressure is applied equally (hydrostatically) around it. Negative linear compressibility (NLC) is the bizarre phenomenon that involve...

July 18, 2013

Andrew Cairns and Ines Collings, DPhil students in the Goodwin Group, explain how they make single crystals in the lab and study their unusual properties.

By showing how to break the rules governing 'normal' materials, this research could lead to the design of brand new...

July 21, 2011

Just as we expect materials to expand on increasing temperature, so too is it our intuition that materials should shrink under pressure. The opposite effect — expansion when pressure is applied —  is termed negative linear compressibility (NLC) and has only recently be...

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