Group trip to RSC SSCG Christmas Meeting

This week we took a group trip to Cambridge to attend the RSC SSCG Christmas Meeting. This was the first time the meeting had been held in person since the pandemic and consisted of two days of very interesting talks and a giant poster session. Lucy gave an invited talk showcasing our work on ZnV2O4,Continue reading “Group trip to RSC SSCG Christmas Meeting”

Jen Presents at ADD2022

Last week, Jen had the opportunity to attend the school and conference for Analysis of Diffraction Data in Real Space (ADD2022)! The school entails a crash course in techniques that probe local orders, such as pair-distribution function (pdf) analysis and diffuse scattering, with plenary lectures, tutorials and information on how to reduce data. Jen particularlyContinue reading “Jen Presents at ADD2022”

Jen presents at the ILL/ESS User Meeting

Jen had a very exciting trip to Lund for the ILL/ESS User Meeting last week. This meeting is held biannually and showcases the work going on at the ILL and ESS as well as the wider user community. Jen had the opportunity to present some of her recent work on LiYbO2 using data from theContinue reading “Jen presents at the ILL/ESS User Meeting”

Aly, Jen and Otto Attend the PCG 2022 Summer School

Aly, Jen and Otto have had a great time learning all about crystallography at the PCG Summer school last week! Taking place at the beautiful Cosener’s House in Abingdon, they enjoyed lectures on topics such as phonons, magnetic irreproducible representations and Landau theory. There was also time for lots of socialising, with a fantastic quizContinue reading “Aly, Jen and Otto Attend the PCG 2022 Summer School”

Aly, Jen and Tristan Present at the Birmingham Postgraduate Symposium

This week was the annual postgraduate research symposium at Birmingham and we had 3 group members presenting! Aly started the day with a great presentation on some of his recent experiments on his Ru-based compounds. Then Tristan delivered a great poster on his synthesis and magnetic characterisation work of MOFs. Jen finished the day byContinue reading “Aly, Jen and Tristan Present at the Birmingham Postgraduate Symposium”

Lucy and Jen Attend HFM 2022!

Lucy and Jen attended the biannual conference on highly frustrated magnetism (HFM) this week in Paris! This conference brings together our community for a week, and showcases the latest developments in the frustrated magnetism field. Lucy kicked off the conference with a fantastic presentation on our groups work on the Barlowite family, led by KateContinue reading “Lucy and Jen Attend HFM 2022!”

Jen Presents at the ILL’s 50 Years of Neutrons!

This week, the ILL celebrated a very special birthday – 50 years since the reactor started running. To celebrate, a full program from current and past staff was shared with the whole staff on Thursday at the World Trade Centre in Grenoble. The final session was dedicated to the ILL’s science output, including a veryContinue reading “Jen Presents at the ILL’s 50 Years of Neutrons!”

New Paper in Chem Mater!

Our latest paper from our group is out now in Chem Mater! This work, led by Sam, but including many other group members (Kate, Aly, Tristan and Otto) focuses on our work on kagome MOFs. Here, we characterise the chemical and magnetic properties of 4 MOFs using a combination of single crystal and powder diffraction,Continue reading “New Paper in Chem Mater!”

Lucy Wins the RSC 2022 Materials Chemistry Division Early Career Award

We are thrilled that Lucy has won this years RSC Materials Chemistry Division Early Career Award for outstanding contributions to the discovery, characterisation and understanding of quantum magnets! Also from the Chemistry department at Birmingham was Prof. Andrew Dove who won the Corday-Morgan Prize for brilliance in research and innovation. Congratulations Lucy!