The Chilton Group

Magnetism, Spectroscopy, Theory


Methods and tools for modelling magnetic properties

We are interested in computational approaches for modelling magnetic data, which are implemented in our PHI code. Currently we're looking at developing new approaches to modelling EPR spectra, for both fixed and swept frequencies, as well as developing a new GUI to improve the user experience and enhance performance.

Magnetic interactions between f elements

We are interested in the fundamental intramolecular magnetic interactions that occur with f elements. This work encompasses both measurement and theory, and attempts to find appropriate models or rules that govern such interactions.

Understanding magnetic relaxation in Single Molecule Magnets

We are attempting to understand in more detail the relaxation process that gives rise to SMM behaviour in lanthanide molecules that show the largest effective energy barriers. We are performing in-depth physical studies as well as using theoretical techniques to understand this complex phenomenon.

Unraveling the electronic structure of uranium molecules

We are using a huge array of physical techniques combined with theortical modelling to shed light on the detailed electronic structure of uranium molecules. Such a fundamental study aims to provide information on physical and chemical properties of the heaviest elements.

Understanding paramagnetic MRI shift reagents

We are studying the electronic structure and anistropic magnetic properties of prototype MRI shift reagents, in order to better understand how they might be clinically viable. This involves collaborative work with the Universities of Oxford, Durham and Southampton.

Collaborators - UoM

  • Prof. Richard E. P. Winpenny
  • Prof. Eric J. L. McInnes
  • Prof. David Collison
  • Prof. Stephen T. Liddle
  • Prof. Nik Kaltsoyannis
  • Dr. Louise S. Natrajan
  • Dr. Michael J. Ingleson
  • Dr. Floriana Tuna
  • Dr. David P. Mills
  • Dr. Ahsan Nazir

Collaborators - U.K.

  • Prof. David Parker FRS (Durham)
  • Prof. Ilya Kuprov (Southampton)
  • Prof. Stephen Faulkner (Oxford)
  • Assoc. Prof. Christiane R. Timmel (Oxford)
  • Dr. George Kostakis (Sussex)
  • Dr. Stuart Langley (Manchester Metropolitan)

Collaborators - International

  • Prof. Philip P. Power FRS (UC Davis, U.S.A.)
  • Prof. Keith S. Murray (Monash University, Australia)
  • Prof. Fernande Grandjean (Liège, Belgium; Missouri S&T, U.S.A.)
  • Prof. Gary J. Long (Missouri S&T, U.S.A.)
  • Dr. MER Mazzanti Marinella (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Prof. Yan-Zhen Zheng (Xi'an Jiaotong University, China)
  • Dr. Alessandro Soncini (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr. Jacob Overgaard (Aarhus University, Denmark)