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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge



Professor Mike Payne holds the Chair of Computational Physics in the University of Cambridge and is head of the Theory of Condensed Matter Group. He has worked on first principles total energy calculations since 1985, is the author of the first principles total energy pseudopotential code CASTEP and has been involved in the development of the linear scaling code ONETEP and the LOTF (Learn-On-The-Fly) hybrid modelling scheme. He was awarded he 1996 Maxwell Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and gave the 1998 Mott Lecture. He was the 23rd most highly cited Physical Scientist in the UK between 1990 and 1999 – 2,869 citations (Institute for Scientific Information) and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.


First principles total energy calculations. Author of CASTEP code, co-author of ONETEP code.

Head of Theory of Condensed Matter Group
Professor Mike  Payne

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