Professor Sutton is a materials physicist who applies fundamental physics to understand and predict the structure and properties of materials of technological significance. His interests are at the interface between condensed matter physics and materials science. His work involves theory spanning classical and quantum mechanics, elastic field theory of defects and their interactions in solids, transport of atoms, electrons and heat in solids, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electronic structure and interatomic forces.
Professor Lee's current research involves detailed processing/property/microstructure relations in a range of ceramic materials relevant to the defence and security sectors
Professor Horsfield's research focuses on electrons that are out of equilibrium. There are several active projects at the moment. A long standing one is to understand structural materials for hydrogen fusion power plants: the electrons are taken out of equilibrium by fast particles that collide with the walls. A major focus at the moment is the aqueous corrosion of metals. This includes the atomistic simulation of reactions at electrodes under a bias.
Prof Duffy's group develops and applies computer modelling techniques to study a range of materials and processes. Their current focus is on modelling the response of metals and semiconductors to radiation that excites electrons, such as lasers and energetic ions, and on modelling crystallisation from solution. Prof duffy is part of a recently funded EPSRC consortium that aims to deliver a new understanding of crystallisation processes using cutting edge experiments, characterization and simulations.