Matthew Dyer

From October 2016 I have been employed as a lecturer within the Department of Chemistry and the Materials Innovation Factory in the University of Liverpool.

From August 2009 until September 2016 I worked as a research associate and research coordinator for Prof Matt Rosseinsky at the University of Liverpool.

From September 2006 until July 2009 I worked as a research associate for Prof Mats Persson at the Surface Science Research Center at the University of Liverpool.

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Contact Information

I can be reached on my office telephone at: +44 151 794 6747

by email at:My email address

or by mail at:
Surface Science Research Center
The University of Liverpool
L69 3BX
United Kingdom


My current research interests are in the computational modelling of metal oxide materials, in particular those with potential for use in sustainable and renewable energy applications. I am working with candidate materials for solid oxide fuel cell cathodes and electrolytes and visible light photocatalysis.

Most of my computational work is performed using plane-wave based density functional theory using the VASP code, although I am using other density functional theory codes as well as performing classical force field calculations.

The modelling work within our group seeks both to complement and aid the understanding of experimental results, and to predict new materials for synthesis and testing.

In my previous research post, I worked on the simulation and understanding of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) images, scanning tunnelling spectroscopy (STS) and inelastic tunnelling spectroscopy (IETS).

I was particularly interested in the behaviour of fairly large organic molecules (e.g. porphyrins, PTCDA, pentacene) adsorbed on metal surfaces and on insulating thin films. These materials are felt to be promising candidates for various applications in nanotechnology, including memory storage, nanoelectronics and nanomechanics.


A list of my publications can be found on my separate publications page.


A list of software I have written, mostly related to analysing the results of VASP calculations.

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