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Here you will find information about who we are, what we do and how we do it. Please have a browse and ask questions!

News:Welcome to Thomas and Amarjit for their 4-week Nuffield placements! (25/07/2019)

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Full list of publications available here.
Jump to:
- Metal oxides
- Heterogeneous catalysts/catalysis
- Method development
- Precious-metal nanoparticles

Metal oxides:

"Band alignment of rutile and anatase TiO2", Nature Mater. (2013), 12, 798
"Polymorph Engineering of TiO2: Demonstrating How Absolute Reference Potentials Are Determined by Local Coordination", Chem. Mater. (2015), 27 (11), 3844
"Moprhological Features and Band Bending at Nonpolar Surfaces of ZnO", J. Phys. Chem. C (2015), 119 (21), 11598
"Structural, energetic and electronic properties of (100) surfaces for alkaline earth metal oxides as calculated with hybrid density functional theory", Surf. Sci. (2015), 642, 58
"Modelling the chemistry of Mn-doped MgO for bulk and (100) surfaces", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2016), 18 (41) 28648

Heterogeneous Catalysts/Catalysis:

"Modelling metal centres, acid sites and reaction mechanisms in microporous catalysts", Faraday Discuss. (2016), 188, 235
"Tailoring Gold Nanoparticle Charcteristics and the Impact on Aqueous-Phase Oxidation of Glycerol", ACS Catal. (2015), 5 (7), 4377
"Designer Titania-Supported AuPd Nanoparticles for Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production", ACS Nano (2014), 8 (4), 3490

Method development:

"Bulk ionization potentials and band alignments from three-dimensional periodic calculations as demonstrated on rocksalt oxides", Phys. Rev. B (2014), 90, 155106
"Embedded-cluster calculations in a numeric atomic orbital density-functional theory framework", J. Chem. Phys. (2014), 141, 024105
"Dopant-induced 2D-3D transition in small Au-containing clusters: DFT-global optimisation of 8-atom Au-Ag nanoalloys", Nanoscale (2012), 4 (4), 1109

Precious-metal nanoparticles:

"Controlling Structural Transitions in AuAg Nanoparticles through Precise Compositional Design", J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2016), 7 (21), 4414
"Understanding the Thermal Stability of Silver Banoparticles Embedded in a-Si", J. Phys. Chem. C (2015), 119 (41), 23767
"Influence of Composition and Chemical Arrangement on the Kinetic Stability of 147-atom Au-Ag Bimetallic Nanoclusters", J. Phys. Chem. C (2015), 119 (41), 23685
"Segregation effects on the properties of (AuAg)147", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2014), 16, 21049
"A Selective Blocking Method To Control the Overgrowth of Pt on Au Nanorods", J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2013), 135 (17), 6554
"Predicting the Optical Properties of Core-Shell and Janus Segregated Au-M Nanoparticles (M = Ag, Pd)", J. Phys. Chem. C (2012), 116 (44), 23616
"Theoretical and Experimental Studies of the Optical Properites of Conjoined Gold-Palladium Nanospheres", J. Phys. Chem. C (2010), 114, 21247


We develop:

ChemShell (QM/MM)
FHI-aims (QM)
NWChem (QM)

We use:

Gamess-UK (QM)
Bader Charge Analysis


Current Members

Group Leader:

Dr. Andrew Logsdail

Dr. Andrew Logsdail

email: LogsdailA [at] cardiff.ac.uk
telephone: +44 2922 510 162
twitter: @a_logsdail

PhD Students:

Harry Jenkins

Harry Jenkins

"QM/MM Investigations of the Structural, Electronic, and Catalytic Properties of TiO2 Surfaces"

email: JenkinsHJ1 [at] cardiff.ac.uk

Stefan Nastase

Stefan Nastase
(PI: Richard Catlow)

"QM/MM study of the Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons process"

email: NastaseS [at] cardiff.ac.uk

Andres Richards

Andres Richards
(CDT Catalysis; PI: Duncan Wass)

"Ethanol Upgrading Catalysis for Advanced Biofuels - A Combined Computational Experimental Study"

email: RichardsA18 [at] cardiff.ac.uk

Mahmoud Mansi

Mahmoud Mansi

"Controlling nanoparticle morphology through informed choice of polymer ligands"

email: MansiM [at] cardiff.ac.uk

MChem/MRes Students:

Shayantan Chaudhuri

Summer Students:

Ceridwen Price (CUROP)

Rowan Hanson (CCP5)

Thomas John (Nuffield)

Amarjit Singh (Nuffield)


Past Members (Gone but not forgotten!)

PhD Students:

Anna Gould (2013/17)

MSc/MSci/MChem Students:

Matthew Williams (2019)

Debbie Thacker (2019)

Rowan Hanson (2018/19)

Syeda Sara Junaid (2018/19)

Matthew Shaw (2019)

Daniel Latham (2018)

Scott Allan (2017/18)

Russell Cross (2017)

Luke Perrott (2016/17)

Yisha Xu (2015/16)

Shiny Mathew (2014/15)

BSc Students:

George Woodburn (2018/19)

James Rodway (2017/18)

Prabesh Katawal (2016/17)

Tom Davies (2016/17)

Summer Students:

Samuel Watts (2018, CCP5)

Ioan Lloyd (2018, Nuffield)

Priyan Patel (2018, Nuffield)

Sophia Proud (2018, CUROP)

Joe Jackson-Masters (2017, CCP5)

Stephen Lloyd-Brown (2017, Nuffield)

Louis Munro (2017, Nuffield)

Daniel Nunes (2014)