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Theory of condensed matter and biophysics

Research Theory of condensed matter and biophysics with The Open University

Researchers in this area investigate both condensed matter systems and biophysics, typically using analytical techniques and Monte Carlo methods (intensive numerical techniques involving the use of random numbers). On the condensed matter side, we specialise in systems of high technological interest, especially high-temperature superconductors and graphene. We also link with the quantum technologies group in designing and understanding quantum simulators. In biophysics, we are interested in the prediction of strokes and heart attacks and the growth of artificial tissue. The work is supported by our high performance computing cluster, some paper and a pencil.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 or equivalent in physics or mathematics

Potential research projects

We encourage enquiries from prospective students in these areas:
  • Quantum simulators for demonstrating physics, for example the Hubbard model of strong electronic correlation
  • High-temperature superconductors that lose their resistance above the 77K boiling point of nitrogen. 

Current/recent research projects

  • Opening gaps in graphene on substrates for digital applications
  • Growth of arterial trees in the computer and their application to stroke prediction
  • Modelling cell orientation in artificial tissues

Potential supervisors

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 858253

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.