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Dr Matthew Coak


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow specialising in high pressure techniques, working with Dr Paul Goddard to use pressure, magnetic fields and low temperatures to tune and study low-dimensional magnetic materials and superconductors.

I completed my undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Oxford, with my masters thesis on the development of proximity-detector-oscillators for use in pulsed magnetic fields. Following this I moved on to a PhD at the University of Cambridge under Dr Siddharth Saxena, graduating in 2017. My specialisation was in the use of high pressure to tune quantum criticality in ferroelectric systems and Mott transitions in 2D insulating antiferromagnets.

My first postdoctoral position was in the Emergent Phenomena Group of the IBS Centre for Correlated Electron Systems at Seoul National University, under Prof Je-Geun Park. Here I headed the van-der-Waals materials team and continued my investigation into Mott transitions and the tuning of low-dimensional magnetism with pressure, including synchrotron and neutron scattering studies. I then joined the Superconductivity and Magnetism group at Warwick in March 2019.

I was very grateful to be named as one of the Institute of Physics' Emerging Leaders 2019 - "the most exciting researchers of their generation, with the potential to revolutionise their fields".

Research Interests

My current work focuses on the tuning of low-dimensional quantum magnet systems and materials which exhibit unconventional superconductivity through hydrostatic pressure, low temperatures, and ultra-high magnetic fields. The use of metal-organic framework, or coordination-polymer, crystalline materials leads to sufficiently low magnetic exchange energies to address the full magnetic phase diagram with achievable fields, and a rich variety of pressure effects on the organic ligands and exchange pathways linking magnetic sites.

SquidLab - Magnetic Background Subtraction Software  

I am the lead developer on the 'SquidLab' software suite,for subtracting magnetic backgrounds in magnetisation data. SquidLab is written in Matlab, designed to be flexible and customisable, and is free to download with full editable source code under Academic Licence.

SquidLab is described in our recent Review of Scientific Instruments paper, and in the accompanying SciLight article for a general audience.

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Write to

Matthew Coak

Department of Physics
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Contact Details


+44 (0)2476 574760


matthew dot coak at warwick dot ac dot uk