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Liquids and glasses are all around us and, because of their unique properties, they are of great scientific and technological importance. Relatively little is known, however, about their atomic scale nature and hence the reasons for their peculiar behaviour. Our research focuses on the atomic scale structure and dynamics of liquids and glasses and includes an extensive use of both neutron and x-ray scattering methods. The systems investigated range from network glass forming materials, through ionic liquids which include metals and aqueous solutions, to glasses that have been modified by incorporating rare-earth ions. The aim is to understand and manipulate the ordering in these systems at the atomic scale to gain insight into processes associated with the glass transition and to develop materials with new functional properties. These include rare-earth glasses with photonic applications and super-ionic conductors as used in energy storage devices and sensors.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bristol

Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol

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Projects 2005 2018

Research Output 2001 2018

Partial vibrational density of states for amorphous solids from inelastic neutron scattering

Whittaker, D. A. J., Giacomazzi, L., Adroja, D., Bennington, S. M., Pasquarello, A. & Salmon, P. S., 23 Aug 2018, In : Physical Review B. 98, 6, p. 1-10 10 p., 064205.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Inelastic neutron scattering
inelastic scattering
neutron scattering
Substitution reactions
1 Citations

Structure of semiconducting versus fast-ion conducting glasses in the Ag–Ge–Se system

Zeidler, A., Salmon, P., Whittaker, D., Piarristeguy, A., Pradel, A., Fischer, H., Benmore, C. J. & Gulbiten, O., 17 Jan 2018, In : Royal Society Open Science. 5, 1, 21 p., 171401.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
neutron diffraction
3 Citations

Impact of pressure on the structure of glass and its material properties

Salmon, P. & Huang, L., 10 Oct 2017, In : MRS Bulletin. 42, 10, p. 734-737 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Materials properties
fracture mechanics
silica glass

Structure of disordered materials: from geological fluids to network glasses

Polidori, A., 2017, 198 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

rare earth elements

Structure of rare-earth chalcogenide glasses by neutron and x-ray diffraction

Drewitt, J. W. E., Salmon, P. S., Zeidler, A., Benmore, C. J. & Hannon, A. C., 28 Apr 2017, In : Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal. 29, 22, p. 225703

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Rare earths
x ray diffraction
rare earth elements