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Atomistic Simulation @ Cambridge

Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Paul Bristowe

Distinguished Research Fellow



Tel.: +44 (0) 1233 334305

E-Mail: pdb1000(at)

Room: 5_014


BSc in Mathematical Physics, University of East Anglia, 1972

PhD in Physics, University of Surrey, 1975

MA, University of Cambridge 1997


Google Scholar Profile

ResearcherID: J-3666-2017

ORCID: 000-0002-3153-1387


Academic Appointments

  • Distinguished Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2018-present
  • Fellow and Director of Studies for Materials Science, Clare College, Cambridge, 2000-present
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer then Reader, University of Cambridge, 1994-2018
  • Academic Visitor, Thomas Young Centre, Imperial College London, 2016-2017
  • Guest Researcher, Donostia International Physics Center, Spain, 2016-2017
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Queen's University Belfast, 2002-05
  • Distinguished International Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2009-11
  • Guest Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials, Freiburg, Germany, 2009-11
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994-95
  • Research Associate then Principal Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980-94
  • Research Associate, Cornell University, 1977-79


Research Interests

Microscopic modelling of defects in materials, particularly interfaces, using both classical and quantum mechanical methodologies. Current efforts focus on hybrid perovskites, functional coatings, Ni-base superalloys, MAX phases, surface clusters and nanocomposites. 

Recent Invited Lectures

  • Interplay between the Transport and Mechanical properties of Hybrid Halide Perovskites, New Horizons in Atomistic Simulation, York, UK, January 2019
  • Modelling of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials, Donostia International Physics Centre, Spain, September 2016