I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Julie Staunton, using computational modelling to study the magnetic properties of materials.
Prior to working at Warwick, I completed my doctorate under the supervision of Feliciano Giustino in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. I then spent two years at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) working with Kristian Thygesen in the Centre for Atomic Scale Materials Design (CAMd).
About my research
The underlying goal of my work is to understand the behaviour of materials in terms of the individual electrons and nuclei which they are made of. At Warwick I am working as part of the PRETAMAG project, investigating the Physics underlying the principles of Rare Earth TrAnsition-metal permanent MAGnets. This particular topic nicely incorporates a number of research themes that I am interested in:
- Using calculations to interpret experimental data: e.g. understanding X-ray measurements of water and the electron microscopy of dye molecules on titanium dioxide
- Understanding how the motion of nuclei affects the behaviour of electrons: e.g. how the optical properties of nanodiamond are affected by the quantum fuzziness of the carbon nuclei; why some crystal phases of cesium tin iodide (CsSnI3) are stable only at high temperature
- Improving the accuracy of calculations: e.g. applying techniques developed for idealised systems to calculate the properties of real materials; investigating theoretically "tricky" materials like Zn, Ti and Ni
Calculating the Magnetic Anisotropy of Rare-Earth-Transition-Metal Ferrimagnets
Christopher E. Patrick, Santosh Kumar, Geetha Balakrishnan, Rachel S. Edwards, Martin R. Lees, Leon Petit, and Julie B. Staunton
Dr. Christopher E. Patrick
Email: c.patrick.1 AT warwick.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7652 3413
I can be found in office PS130 (Physical Sciences Building, first floor).