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I'm a scientist at the Theoretical and Computational Physics group, working at a Daresbury Laboratory. My research deals with computational materials science, specifically developing, testing and applying computer simulations to the description of the electronic properties of strongly correlated electron compounds such as TM oxides, magnetic semiconductors, nuclear fuels, and RE alloys. Before joining Daresbury laboratory I held postdoctoral positions at CNRS (France), Aarhus University (Denmark), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA).

My current research deals among others with the first principles investigation of spin-fluctuations in Gd-intermetallics, and of rare-earth/transition metal interactions in stoichiometric as well as doped GdCo5. Understanding the underlying materials science of these materials provides valuable insight with respect to designing new devices for magnetic cooling as well as permanent magnets.

I am the project lead of CCP9, and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Psi-k. I am the director of the CECAM-UK Daresbury node. CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire) is a European organization devoted to the fundamental research on advanced computational methods, distributed over 18 nodes across Europe. My responsibilities as node director include developing and administrating the part of the CECAM workshop programme allocated to the Daresbury node.