Angelos Michaelides

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Professor Angelos Michaelides

Prof Angelos Michaelides

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Angelos Michaelides obtained a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in 2000 from The Queen's University of Belfast. Following this he worked as a post-doctoral research associate and junior research fellow at the University of Cambridge and then at the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. Subsequently he was promoted to staff scientist and research group leader at the Fritz Haber Institute. In 2006 he moved to University College London, where since 2009 he has been Professor of Theoretical Chemistry.

He has received a number of honours and awards for his research including the Royal Irish Academy Young Irish Chemist of the Year, a visiting professorship at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, a Miller Visiting Professorship at UC Berkeley, a European Young Investigator Award, two European Research Council Grants (Startup and Consolidator), and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He was the 2010 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Marlow Award "For his innovative contributions in broad areas of surface and physical chemistry, with particular relevance to heterogeneous catalysis and improved understanding of the water-ice interface” and a 2016 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Prize “for the development of computational methods and applications that have significantly advanced understanding of several important chemical systems”. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, and the European Academy. Since 2011 has been a Director of the Thomas Young Centre and since 2013 he has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics.  

Research in his team aims at understanding important phenomena in surface- materials- and nano-science. Using concepts from quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, his team applies and develops methods and computer simulations to study processes of relevance to catalysis - such as the properties of metal surfaces and chemical reactions at surfaces - and processes of environmental relevance - such as the nucleation of ice or the dissolution of salts. Water and ice are major focuses of their work. For more information see