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Philip Lightfoot

School of Chemistry

Purdie Building

North Haugh

St Andrews

KY16 9ST

United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463841

Research overview

My research focuses on the structural solid state chemistry of inorganic materials, in particular the understanding of the structure-composition-property relationships in these materials. Wide use is made of diffraction methods, which regularly involves visits to central facilities outside St Andrews ; eg synchrotron sources and neutron sources at Diamond and ISIS, Oxford. My group design and synthesise new compounds which are of interest for a variety of applications. We also delve deeper into the understanding of  well-established functional materials, in order to predict new improvements to them, through chemistry. Current interests focus on ferroelectric, magnetic and multiferroic (ie simultaneously electrically and magnetically active) materials, including both  inorganic oxides, fluorides and hybrid inorganic-organic analogues.

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