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    Dr Matthew Watkins

    Senior Lecturer

    School of Mathematics and Physics
    College of Science

    About Matthew Watkins

    Matt Watkins is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Physics.

    Matt obtained his PhD on “transition metal defects in diamond” working in the solid state physics department at King’s College London with Alison Mainwood.  After brief sojourns modelling future water usage for a local water company and working to understand the mechanisms of ozonolysis of organic compounds in the lower atmosphere, Matt moved to the newly formed London Centre for Nanotechnology. There he worked extensively with Alex Shluger on understanding how to interpret data from new scanning probe methods, capable of “seeing” and moving individual atoms and molecules on any surface.

    In 2007 Matt took an opportunity to work on a EPSRC funded software development project to enhance the parallelization of the atomistic simulation code CP2K and apply it to better understanding the properties of water-ice surfaces. After this, Matt’s focus is on developing tools and protocols to model interfaces of electrolytes and solids, applied to areas like microelectronics and electrochemistry.

    In April 2015 he joined the new school of Mathematics and Physics at Lincoln.

    Department Responsibilities

    Senior and Admissions tutor for Physics
    School representative on the University ethics committee


    • PhD — University of London, 2005
    • MChem — University of Oxford, 1999

    External Activities and Consultancy

    Visiting researcher at University College London
    Adjunct research fellow at Curtin University, Western Australia

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • SAINT: Surface and Interface Toolkit for the MCC — EPSRC in 2017
    • CP2K—- Electron Transport based on Non-Equilibrium-Green’s-Functions Method — ARCHER (EPSRC) in 2016
    • Local Excitement in CP2K — ARCHER (EPSRC) in 2015
    • Imaging defects at atomic resolution via state-of-the-art atomic force microscopy and petascale simulations — Australian Research Council in 2014
    • CP2K-UK — EPSRC in 2013

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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