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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

 

From October 2021, I will be a Royal Society University Research Fellow. If you are interested in joining the team, please get in touch to discuss potential opportunities.

 

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

Quadrupole-mediated dielectric response and the charge-asymmetric solvation of ions in water.
SJ Cox, KK Mandadapu, PL Geissler
– The Journal of chemical physics
(2021)
154,
244502
Microscopic Kinetics Pathway of Salt Crystallization in Graphene Nanocapillaries
L Wang, J Chen, SJ Cox, L Liu, GC Sosso, N Li, P Gao, A Michaelides, E Wang, X Bai
– Physical review letters
(2021)
126,
136001
Macroscopic surface charges from microscopic simulations.
T Sayer, SJ Cox
– The Journal of Chemical Physics
(2020)
153,
164709
Assessing long-range contributions to the charge asymmetry of ion adsorption at the air–water interface
SJ Cox, DG Thorpe, PR Shaffer, PL Geissler
– Chem Sci
(2020)
11,
11791
Computing Surface Acidity Constants of Proton Hopping Groups from Density Functional Theory-Based Molecular Dynamics: Application to the SnO2(110)/H2O Interface
M Jia, C Zhang, SJ Cox, M Sprik, J Cheng
– Journal of chemical theory and computation
(2020)
16,
6520
Dielectric response with short-ranged electrostatics
SJ Cox
– Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
(2020)
117,
19746
Finite field formalism for bulk electrolyte solutions
SJ Cox, M Sprik
– Journal of Chemical Physics
(2019)
151,
064506
Stabilization of AgI's polar surfaces by the aqueous environment, and its implications for ice formation.
T Sayer, SJ Cox
– Phys Chem Chem Phys
(2019)
21,
14546
Ice is born in low-mobility regions of supercooled liquid water
M Fitzner, GC Sosso, SJ Cox, A Michaelides
– Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
(2019)
116,
201817135
Interfacial ion solvation: Obtaining the thermodynamic limit from molecular simulations.
SJ Cox, PL Geissler
– Journal of Chemical Physics
(2018)
148,
222823
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Research Groups

Telephone number

01223 336384 (shared)

Email address

sjc236@cam.ac.uk