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Elton Santos

Reader in Theoretical/Computational Condensed Matter Physics

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

There are several PhD projects available for interested students in the area of two-dimensional materials for applications in energy. For instance, hard-drives, smart devices, theory developments, materials search, Monte Carlo, optical properties, Green Functions.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Technical University of Denmark
Electronic Properties of Defective Carbon nanostructure

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseTheoretical modelling of materials, device-platforms, energy processes, and method developments.


Dr Santos received his PhD in 2011 from the Danish Technical University/University of the Basque Country with a European Honour. Then, he was awarded the highly prestigious and competitive John A. Paulson Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University to perform research on energy materials and method developments for functional devices. He moved to Stanford University in 2013 as an assistant staff scientist. Dr Santos moved to the UK in 2015 to start his research group at Queen’s University Belfast (QuB) as a prestigious Queen’s Fellow and has taken a leading role on the research of 2D materials and Energy Efficient Processes in QuB. He was promoted to a full Lecturership in 2019, where his leadership was recognized at the national level being appointed to the governance board of the Materials and Molecular Modelling (MMM) Hub. Dr Santos is one of the recipients of the Charles Hatchett 2020 Award for his investigations on energy materials. He moved in 2020 to The University of Edinburgh to hold the position of Reader in Theoretical and Computational Condensed Matter Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems. He is an EPSRC Fellow.   

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