On Friday 28 July, Hamish visited his collaborators Hengbo Cui and Takao Tsumuraya at the Condensed Molecular Materials Laboratory of Reizo Kato at RIKEN in Wako, Tokyo. They study the intriguing properties of various materials made from molecules that, when assembled in crystalline form and subjected to high pressure, exhibit transitions between various electronically insulating and conducting states.
The collaboration has involved examining the crystal structures of some of these compounds under pressure, which until now has remained undetermined except by computational methods. Hamish presented various results from the synchrotron experiment performed earlier this year, followed by discussions about how the structures link to the materials’ properties.
We’re looking forward to writing some of these results up in the near future… watch this space!