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Dr Joseph Nelson

Subject Physics
Fellow type Postdoctoral By-Fellows
Year started 2019


Joseph is a research associate based in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, and an AIMR Joint Center Scientist at Tohoku University in Japan. He obtained his MSc in Physics (2011) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, before studying for a PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge (2017). Over the course of his PhD, Joseph worked in high-pressure physics, using simulation to study the properties of materials subject to extreme pressures. The application of high pressures to materials can lead to drastic changes in their properties, such as the formation of new compounds with unexpected chemistries, and the onset of high-temperature superconductivity.

Currently, Joseph works in theoretical materials science. His research with Tohoku University is focussed on developing techniques to visualize and 'navigate' materials structure space, drawing on methods in applied mathematics.