Welcome to the webpages for the group of Dr Mike Probert.
Mike completed his PhD with Prof. Judith A.K. Howard at Durham University, where he remained as a PDRA and later as a Senior Research Fellow, designing and building new single crystal X-ray diffraction equipment. The hardware developed, coupled with novel computational advances, formed a unique diffraction facility for the investigation of crystalline materials under extreme conditions. Mike was appointed as a lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Newcastle in September 2013 and moved the extreme conditions facility with him.
Mike’s research interests include: studying the structure/property correlations of molecular systems under extreme conditions, ranging from simple organic compounds that exist as liquids under ambient conditions, to complex multi-dimensional systems that undergo novel phase changes upon cooling and/or the application of pressure; the polymorphic nature of compounds in the solid state; and the accurate experimental determination of electron densities of crystalline materials. These areas are all aided by the development of highly specialised equipment and novel experimental design that form another aspect to his research portfolio.