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Strong and varied collaborations with other researchers, both theoretical and experimental, are key to maintaining a vibrant, world-leading theory group. TCM's many industrial links are mentioned separately. Here are listed some of its many academic collaborations. A separate page show connectivity based on the Group's published papers.


Prof Peter Littlewood, previously Head of TCM, now Director of Argonne National Lab, USA, continues to collaborate with people from TCM, notably Prof Artacho and Dr Möller.

Prof Artacho holds a joint position with the nanoscience cooperative research center in Spain. He also collaborates with Profs Fernandez-Serra and Dawber from Stonybrook (USA), Prof Caro of Los Alamos National Lab (USA) and Prof Soler of UAM (Madrid).

Many international links arise from the three major electronic structure codes which have arisen from TCM: Castep, Onetep and Casino. These are used the world over, examples including Dr Maezono's group in JAIST, Japan, using Casino, Prof Marzari in EPFL, Switzerland, using Castep and Dr O'Regan of Trinity College, Dublin, using Onetep.

Dr Castelnovo works closely with Prof Chamon of Boston University and he, Prof Cooper, Dr Möller and Dr Kovrizhin collaborate with Prof Moessner of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden. Dr Kovrizhin also collaborates with Prof Doucot, Director of the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Hautes Energies, Paris and Dr Pierre of the Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures, Paris.

Prof Warner works on light induced mechanics, topography and topology with Prof Broer of Eindhoven University of Technology, Dr Sanchez of the Liquid Crystals Group of the University of Zaragoza, Spain, and Dr Modes of the Rockerfeller University, New York. He works on energy harvesting and light actuation with Prof Palffy-Muhoray of Kent State University, Ohio, Prof Copic of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Dr White of the USAF.

Prof Cooper works with Prof Dalibard (ENS, Paris), Prof Rey of the University of Colorado, Prof Bloch of the Quantum Optics Group in Munich, where Prof Cooper spent a Term in 2013, Prof Goldman, ULB Brussels, Dr Carusotto of the University of Trento, Italy.

Prof Cooper and Dr Möller both work with Dr Regnault of ENS, Paris.

Prof Needs works with Dr Mujica of the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain, Prof Tachikawa of the Quantum Physical Chemistry Group of the University of Yokohama, Japan, Dr Jian Sun of Nanjing University, China, and Prof Yanming Ma of Jilin University, China, Prof Burke of the University of California, Irvine, Prof Mauri of the IMMPC, Paris, Prof Neilson of the University of Camerino, Italy, and Prof Alavi of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart.

Dr Möller works with Dr Slingerland at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Dr Cole works with the Jorgensen Lab at Yale on computer-aided drug discovery.

Dr Huggins works with the Center for Chemical Biology and Therapeutics in Bangalore, India, and with Dr Ayoub at the Israel Institute of Technology.

The Group counts Prof Roger Haydock (University of Oregon, USA), Prof Greg Benesh (Baylor University, USA), and Dr Chau (Structural Bioinformatics Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris) amongst its regular visitors.


Prof Mike Payne leads the Onetep Developers' Group, whose other prominent members are based in Imperial College, Southampton, and Warwick and also the Castep Developers' Group which has members based in York, Oxford, Daresbury and Royal Holloway.

Prof Needs works closely on Quantum Monte Carlo techniques with Prof Dario Alfè of UCL and Dr Drummond of Lancaster University. He works on high pressure phases with Dr Martinez-Canales of Edinburgh University.

Prof Artacho works with Prof Kohanoff of Queen's University, Belfast, and Drs Bristowe and Corsetti of Imperial College.

Prof Warner works on photomechanics with Dr Corbett of Manchester University, and on soft ferro-electrics and energy harvesting with Prof Bowen of Bath University.

Dr Castelnovo works with Drs Betouras and Zagoskin of Loughborough University, and with Prof Simon of Oxford University, with whom Dr Möller also has a long-standing collaboration.

Prof Cooper also works with Prof Simon, as well as Prof Logan at Oxford and Dr Bhaseen of King's College, London.

Dr Kovrizhin works with Prof John Chalker of Oxford's CMT Group.

Dr Morris works with Drs Quigley and Sloan of Warwick University on encapsulated nanowires, and with Drs Yates and Nicholls of Oxford University on OptaDOS.

The Thomas Young Centre is a centre for the theory and simulation of materials set up by several London Universities, and people in TCM collaborate with many of its members, including Profs de Vita, Foulkes, Haynes, Michaelides and Refson.


The Theory of Living Matter Group is a network for researchers interested in theoretical analysis and modelling biological phenomena in Cambridge set up by Prof Simons' group.

Through Profs Payne and Needs, TCM is a part of the Leonard Jones Centre for the Development of Computational Methods for Materials Modelling.

Prof Simons holds a joint position with the Gurdon Institute where he leads a research group, and also has links with the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and Vet School.

Prof Payne is the Director of Cambridge's EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Methods for Materials Science. Several TCM members contribute to its teaching programme. Some members of TCM are also part of Cambridge's EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Prof Payne, Dr Cole and Dr Huggins all collaborate with the Cambridge Molecular Therapeutics programme.

Prof Payne collaborates with Dr Csányi, a Reader in the Engineering Department and formerly a postdoc in TCM.

Prof Needs and Dr Morris both collaborate with Prof Pickard of the Materials Science Department and Prof Grey of the Chemistry Department. Dr Morris also works with Prof Jones of the Chemistry Department.


The number of formal and informal collaborations which TCM has with other research groups, most notably Quantum Matter, Atomic, Mesoscopic and Optical Physics, Structure and Dynamics, and Biological and Soft Systems is such that it makes little sense to attempt to list them individually.