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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry


Research Associate

I am currently conducting research on the stability of polar surfaces, specifically focusing on the 0001 surface in wurtzite silver-iodide and the 111 surface in rocksalt crystals. These surfaces belong to Tasker's type 3 category and are known to be inherently unstable due to the Tasker's polar catastrophe. My research explores polarity compensation mechanisms, including the role of ad-ions and surface reconstructions, to understand and mitigate the instability of these surfaces. Additionally, my work encompasses a closely related area of study, namely ice nucleation. It has been demonstrated that silver-iodide exhibits strong ice nucleating properties, making it an intriguing candidate for investigating heterogeneous ice formation processes.


Research Interests

  • Statistical mechanics
  • Ab initio atomistic simulations
  • Machine learning for materials science
  • Kernel-based machine learning potentials

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01223 763874 (shared)

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