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Welcome to the SCISS research pages

The Scottish Centre for Interdisciplinary Surface Spectroscopy (SCISS) is a collaborative centre established in 2008 at the University of St Andrews by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), through an SRDG grant (1.65M SFC, and 0.95M University of St Andrews). It focuses on real- and momentum-space resolved electron spectroscopies applied to complex materials.
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SCISS brings together 6 research groups from the University of St Andrews to form a cluster of excellence in solid state physics, solid state chemistry, and characterisation of functional materials. Our competences are multidisciplinary and cover: correlated electron physics, heterogeneous catalysis, molecular electronics, density functional theory, graphene, topological phases, supramolecular architectures, and much more.

Our laboratories are located both at the School of Chemistry and the School of Physics and Astronomy, and host a variety of state-of-the-art instruments such as STM/AFM, ARPES, and XPS. More details on our research facilities can be found here. We also make use of national and international synchrotron facilities (e.g. Diamond), as well as national super-computing facilities (e.g. Archer).

Latest news

August 2014
Novel insights into the atomic imaging of magnetic properties. Details here.

July 2014
Construction work starts on Dr Peter Wahl's ultra-low vibration lab. Details here.


PhD studentship
Fully-funded 3 year studentship from the Royal Society on: A new approach to inelastic electron scattering. Details here. (as of August 2014)


Workshop on Materials
for Quantum Technologies
August 27th-29th 2014, to be held in St Andrews. More details here.

Last update: 06/08/2014 - University of St Andrews