Dr Phil Hasnip
My work is mostly concerned with the computer program Castep, which uses quantum mechanics to compute the properties of a vast array of materials and chemicals, from catalytic converters to proteins. I am working with Dr Keith Mckenna, using Castep to investigate the properties of modified TiO2 for use in new solar cells.
Castep is based on Density Functional Theory (DFT), and can predict the properties and behaviour of materials and molecules. I am a member of the Castep Development Group (CDG), and my research time is generally split between developing the simulation methodology, and using Castep to study a wide range of nanomaterials. For more details, please see my research pages.
As well as doing research, I have various teaching responsibilities including the third year courses "Advanced Theoretical Techniques" and "Advanced Computational Laboratory", which cover the applications of mathematics and computer programming to problems in physics, and the graduate course "First Principles Materials Modelling". I also teach several short graduate training courses. More information may be found here.
Materials Studio, Licence Servers and Firewalls
Over the last few years I have spent a ridiculously large amount of time trying to get various laptops to check out a licence for Materials Studio across a University firewall. I've written some notes on how to do this here.