The focus of the new centre will be on understanding the relationship between atomic structure and materials properties, with a new emphasis on emerging experimental and computational techniques to understanding the role of short-range order and local structure. Thus the Centre will have enhanced strengths in both computational and experimental work, and bring in researchers from Chemistry and Materials Science. The Centre will become a full partner in the Thomas Young Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials, involving UCL, Imperial and Kings. The research will also strengthen links with large central facilities such as the ISIS neutron/muon source, the Diamond light source, and corresponding international facilities, as well as with e-science initiatives on managing scientific data.
The research agenda of the Centre will build upon existing work on organic semiconductors, nanoparticles, carbon, glasses, magnetic materials, and will see the development of new work on hybrid metal-organic framework materials, materials with negative properties (eg negative thermal expansion), biomaterials, multiferroics, and radiation-induced amorphisation.
Martin gained his BSc and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of Birmingham. This was followed by post-doctoral positions in Physics at the University of Edinburgh and Theoretical Chemistry in the University of Cambridge, before obtaining a lectureship in Earth Sciences in Cambridge. His work in Earth Sciences has been concerned with understanding the physical properties and behaviour of natural materials and their synthetic analogues, following parallel programmes of work using atomistic simulations and neutron scattering. He was promoted to Reader in 1999 and Professor in 2003. Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2007). From 2002 until 2008 he was Directorof the NERC-funded National Institute for Environmental eScience. To date he has published 253 papers (ISI index) and 2 books.