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Dr Abbie Trewin

Senior Lecturer

Abbie Trewin

Department of Chemistry



Tel: +44 1524 592652

Research overview

Dr Abbie Trewin is a University of Liverpool graduate (2002), obtaining her Ph.D there in 2005 using density functional theory (DFT) to investigate the surface structure of different metals with carbon, particularly the Ni(111) surface. In 2006 she joined the materials chemistry group of Prof. Andy Cooper as a post doctoral research assistant. In 2009, she was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Abbie joined The University of Lancaster in August 2013. Abbie specialises in modelling porous materials. Working in close collaboration with leading synthetic groups she has developed novel methodologies for computational analysis of structure, guest uptake mechanisms and guest selectivity of porous materials. Her main research interests are:

  • Analysis Techniques and Development: Development of specialised computational methodologies for structural generation, analysis and characterisation of porous materials. Examples include the analysis of the time-dependence of pore connectivity, which can give vital clues to the gas-uptake mechanism.
  • Structure Characterisation: Atomistic structural modelling of microporous amorphous microporous polymer network materials allowing analysis of micropore structure, surface area and gas sorption properties. The simulation adds strongly to the physical understanding of these amorphous (and thus otherwise hard to characterize) materials.
  • Structure Prediction: Atomistic simulations are used to explore hypothetical networks that may offer novel properties or structural control. These concepts are currently being developed synthetically based on initial computational efforts.

Research website: www.pore-behaviour.co.uk

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