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Royal Society Research Fellow

Research Interests

The behavior of liquids and their interfaces underlies many important phenomena across the biological and physical sciences. I use molecular simulations and statistical mechanics to elicit the microscopic details of interfacial systems, with an emphasis on perhaps the most important of all liquids: water and its salt solutions. 

Recent research has focused on improving simulations methods to give a better description of ions adsorbed to charged interfaces [1], which is important for tackling complex problems such as ice nucleation [2]. I also have a keen interest in understanding dielectric response in water [3,4] and its implications for aqueous ion solvation [5].

[1] T Sayer & SJ Cox, J. Chem. Phys. 153, 164709 (2020) [publisher,arXiv]

[2] T Sayer & SJ Cox, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 21, 14546 (2019) [publisher,arXiv]

[3] SJ Cox, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 117, 19746 (2020) [publisher,arXiv]

[4] SJ Cox & M Sprik, J. Chem. Phys. 151, 064506 (2019) [publisher,arXiv]

[5] SJ Cox, DG Thorpe, PR Shaffer & PL Geissler, Chem. Sci. 11, 11791 (2020) [publisher,arXiv]

 

Biography

  • 2021-present: Royal Society University Research Fellow, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2017-2021: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow, visiting Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2018-present: College lecturer, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2020-2021: Undergraduate Tutor, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2015-2017: Postdoctoral research fellow, Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Ca. USA
  • 2010-2014: PhD student, Department of Chemistry, University College London, UK

Awards

Publications

Formation of Methane Hydrate in the Presence of Natural and Synthetic Nanoparticles.
SJ Cox, DJF Taylor, TGA Youngs, AK Soper, TS Totton, RG Chapman, M Arjmandi, MG Hodges, NT Skipper, A Michaelides
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
(2018)
140,
3277
Mechanism of ion adsorption to aqueous interfaces: Graphene/water vs. air/water
DL McCaffrey, SC Nguyen, SJ Cox, H Weller, AP Alivisatos, PL Geissler, RJ Saykally
– Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
(2017)
114,
13369
Active sites in heterogeneous ice nucleation-the example of K-rich feldspars.
A Kiselev, F Bachmann, P Pedevilla, SJ Cox, A Michaelides, D Gerthsen, T Leisner
– Science (New York, N.Y.)
(2017)
355,
367
Toward accurate adsorption energetics on clay surfaces
A Zen, LM Roch, SJ Cox, XL Hu, S Sorella, D Alfè, A Michaelides
– J Phys Chem C Nanomater Interfaces
(2016)
120,
26402
Crystal Nucleation in Liquids: Open Questions and Future Challenges in Molecular Dynamics Simulations.
GC Sosso, J Chen, SJ Cox, M Fitzner, P Pedevilla, A Zen, A Michaelides
– Chemical Reviews
(2016)
116,
7078
Can Ice-Like Structures Form on Non-Ice-Like Substrates? The Example of the K-feldspar Microcline
P Pedevilla, SJ Cox, B Slater, A Michaelides
– The journal of physical chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and interfaces
(2016)
120,
6704
The Many Faces of Heterogeneous Ice Nucleation: Interplay Between Surface Morphology and Hydrophobicity.
M Fitzner, GC Sosso, SJ Cox, A Michaelides
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
(2015)
137,
13658
Molecular simulations of heterogeneous ice nucleation. II. Peeling back the layers
SJ Cox, SM Kathmann, B Slater, A Michaelides
– The Journal of chemical physics
(2015)
142,
184705
Molecular simulations of heterogeneous ice nucleation. I. Controlling ice nucleation through surface hydrophilicity.
SJ Cox, SM Kathmann, B Slater, A Michaelides
– Journal of Chemical Physics
(2015)
142,
184704
Benchmarking the performance of density functional theory and point charge force fields in their description of sI methane hydrate against diffusion Monte Carlo
SJ Cox, MD Towler, D Alfè, A Michaelides
– J Chem Phys
(2014)
140,
174703
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