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MERI Symposium 2017

Today saw the final day and close of the 2017 MERI symposium  at Sheffield Hallam. The two day event saw a range of talks from academic staff (current and former) and PhD students, as well as posters from PhD students and undergraduates. Here is Professor Wayne Cranton, Assistant Dean of Research, presenting the prizes for best postgraduate talk and poster, as well as the best undergraduate poster. See more photos on the MERI Twitter page (


Strain Effects on the Metamagnetic Phase Transition in FeRh on MgO

In a collaboration between the Universities of Manchester and Exeter a new article has been  published today in Scientific Reports. Lead by Dr Craig Barton at the University of Manchester we investigated the role of strain in FeRh layers on MgO.

FeRh goes from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic in bulk at around 70°C. However, in thin films this temperature can change depending on the thickness and the material it is interfaced with. In this new article we measured the effect of film thickness on the transition temperature and correlated the effects with changes in the structural properties. We corroborate a number of observations using theoretical models that account for the strain at the interface. The article is open access so anyone can download and read the article here.

CCP9 Young Researchers and Community Meetings

Monday and Tuesday this week saw the annual CCP9 Young Researchers Meeting followed by the biannual CCP9 Community Meeting hosted at Clare College, Cambridge. The events were organised by Yvette Hancock (York), Leon Petit (STFC) and Mike Payne (Cambridge). Newly appointed academics Nick Bristowe (Kent), Andrew Logsdail (Cardiff) and myself gave talks at both events on methodology, research and future plans. CCP9 is an EPSRC/STFC funded Collaborative Computational Project on electronic structure codes with funded support for code development hosted at STFC’s Daresbury laboratory.