Martin Galpin

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Dr Martin Galpin

Director of Studies

Associate Head of Department (Teaching)





Dr Martin Galpin is Director of Studies and Associate Head of Department (Teaching) for the Department of Chemistry. Martin studied for his MChem in the Department of Chemistry at Oxford, before moving to Balliol College in 2001 to undertake his DPhil with Professor David Logan. He continued in the Logan group as a postdoctoral research associate and held a Junior Research Fellowship at Worcester College from 2006 to 2010. In 2011, Martin took up the position of Departmental Lecturer in Mathematics for Chemistry and was appointed to a Supernumerary Fellowship at University College. He became Deputy Director of Studies in 2017, and Director of Studies and Associate Head of Department (Teaching) in 2023.

Research Interests

My main research area is condensed matter theory, where the aim is to characterise and understand the physical properties of materials consisting of enormously large numbers of interacting particles. Of particular interest are 'strongly-correlated' systems, in which the interactions between particles are simply too large to ignore or treat using mean-field approaches. One instead develops quantum many-body techniques to determine the underlying physical behaviour.

I have previously worked on understanding many-body effects on the nanoscale, as observed in the electronic conductance of single molecules, carbon nanotubes and other 'quantum dot' devices.

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I have more recently been working on correlated electron behaviour in bulk materials such as heavy fermion compounds. I'm also interested in developing general theories for approximating many-body systems, and in numerical methods such as the Numerical Renormalization Group and Continuous-Time Quantum Monte Carlo.

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I am also involved in several collaborations with other members of the Department, in a range of subject areas.


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Research group

The Galpin Group


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