a·nal·y·sis /əˈnaləsis/

Noun: Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation.

syn·the·sis /ˈsinθəsis/

Noun: The combination of ideas to form a theory or system.


My name is Benjamin Morgan and I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Bath. My research consists of development and application of techniques for modelling functional materials. My current focus is the transport of ions through solids, with the goal of explaining the factors that control performance of lithium-ion battery materials. Other areas of interest include the behaviour of crystal defects at surfaces and solid–solid interfaces ("nanoionic" phenomena), and control of crystal polymorphism in nanoscale materials.

Before coming to Bath, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Liverpool studying the role of structure and reactions at lithium battery electrode/electrolyte interfaces — part of the European project SIRBATT. Previously I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford, Department of Materials (studying nanoionic behaviour) and at Trinity College Dublin, Department of Chemistry (studying defects in energy materials). I received my DPhil in theoretical chemistry from the University of Oxford, where I studied pressure-driven phase transitions in nanocrystals.

This site contains a list of my publications and their abstracts, and a series of posts describing the tools I use to get things done.