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Cold water and ice: Insights from computer simulations

Date: 2018-11-23
Time: 15:00
Venue: 物理研究所D楼211会议室
Speaker: Prof. Angelos Michaelides

Thomas Young Centre, UCL, London, UK


Recent work from our research group in which we are trying to understand the intimate molecular level details of water freezing will be discussed. A particular emphasis will be placed on the role the surfaces of foreign materials play in accelerating the nucleation process [1-4] and on the dynamical nature of the nucleation event.

1. M. Fitzner, G. C. Sosso, S. J. Cox and A. Michaelides, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 13658 (2015)
2. G. Sosso et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 2350 (2015)
3. A. Kiselev et al, Science 355, 367 (2017)
4. M. Fitzner et al., Nature Comm. 8, 2257 (2017)


Angelos Michaelides obtained a PhD in 2000 from The Queen's University of Belfast. Following this he did post-docs in Cambridge and Berlin. In 2006 he moved to University College London, where since 2009 he has been a full Professor.

Research in his group 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

Michaelides has received a number of honours and awards including the Marlow Award and Corday-Morgan Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2011 has been a Director of the Thomas Young Centre: The London Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials and since 2013 he has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics.

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