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Professor Ben Powell

Professor and ARC Future Fellow

Ben Powell has broad interests in condensed matter physics, biophysics and chemistry.

Located in Building 6 - Room 430
Phone: 52401
PhD (Bristol 2002), MSci (Bristol 1999)
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Available Projects

Title Body Level
SRS-20/17 Design of organic solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)

Suitable for:  Advanced undergraduates, with strong physics or chemistry background.

Project:  To head off the threat to the planet posed by climate change we need to develop radical new technologies that change the way we generate and use...

Summer Project
SRS-19/17 Quantum many-body theory of organic superconductors

Suitable for:  Advanced undergraduates, with strong physics background.

Project:  High temperature superconductivity is one of the great unsolved problems in physics.  In order to understand it we must solve the Schrodinger equation for ~...

Summer Project
SRS-18/17 Splitting the electron in a spin liquid

Suitable for:  Advanced undegraduates, with strong physics background.

Project:  Spin liquids are exotic phases of matter where quantum fluctuations suppress classical long-range order.  They are of particular interest because they may...

Summer Project
Exact solutions of the strongly coupling Hubbard model and the proof of Hund’s rules

The Hubbard model is the simplest possible model of systems of interacting electrons and is believed to describe the basic physics of many materials from high-temperature superconductors, to organic spin-liquids, to cold atoms in optical traps. Yet it has only been solved exactly in three...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Design of organic solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)

To head of the threat to the planet posed by climate change we need to develop radical new technologies that change the way we generate and use electricity. Solar cells and OLEDs represent two sides of this coin (light...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Quantum many-body theory of organic superconductors

High temperature superconductivity is one of the great unsolved problems in physics. In order to understand it we must solve the Schrodinger equation for ~1023 electrons that are interacting strongly with one...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Universal ratios in condensed matter
Ratios have provided fundamental new insights many phenomena. Ratios that take the same value in almost all situations are particularly useful as when they deviate from their usual value it is a clear signature that something interesting is happening. The...
PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project
Splitting the electron in a spin liquid

Spin liquids are exotic phases of mater where quantum fluctuations suppress classical long-range order. They are of particular interest because they may support deconfined ...

PhD Project
Masters Project
Honours Project
Summer Project