Group prize

Annual PhD Thesis Prize

Terms of reference
The Committee of the Institute of Physics Computational Group offers an annual thesis prize for the author of the PhD thesis that, in the opinion of the Committee, contributes most strongly to the advancement of computational physics.


Entry is open to all students from an institution in the UK or Ireland, whose PhD examination has taken place since 1st January 2017 and up to the submission deadline, and who did not apply for the CPG Thesis Prize in the previous year.

Prize winners will be invited to write a feature article in the Computational Physics Group newsletter.

Candidates are asked to note that if a similar thesis prize is offered by another IOP group (such as the Theory of Condensed Matter group), the Committee intends to liaise with that group so that both prizes will not be awarded to the same applicant.

The submission deadline is 30 April 2018.

Submission format

  • A four page (A4) abstract
  • A one page (A4) citation from the PhD supervisor, including confirmation of the date of PhD examination, that the student passed and whether the thesis has also been submitted to another IOP group for a PhD thesis prize
  • A one page (A4) confidential report from the external thesis examiner

Entries (PDF documents preferred) should be submitted by email, with "IOP CPG Thesis Prize" as the subject header, to Dr Arash Mostofi ( Any queries should also be directed to Dr Arash Mostofi.

Previous recipients
20171stIoan Magdau University of EdinburghTheoretical Investigation of Solid Hydrogen and Deuterium
Joint 2ndAhmed Al-Refaei UCLEfficient Production of Hot Molecular Line Lists
Joint 2ndMorgane Vacher Imperial College LondonElectron and Nuclear Dynamics Following Molecular Ionization: Computational Methods and Applications
20161stCathal O'Broin
Dublin City University
A New GPU¬-based Computational Framework for the Ab initio Solution of the TDSE for Atomic and Molecular One-Electron Systems under Intense Ultra-Short Laser Fields
Joint 2ndPatrick Cannon
Lancaster University
Numerical Simulation of Wave-Plasma Interactions in the Ionosphere
Joint 2ndAndrew Goldsborough
University of Warwick
Tensor Networks and Geometry for the Modelling of Disordered Quantum Many-Body Systems
2015 Prize nomenclature changed to reflect the year of award
20141stBeñat Gurrutxaga-Lerma
Imperial College London
A Dynamic Discrete Dislocation Plasticity Model for the Study of Plastic Relaxation under Shock Loading
Joint 2ndTom Goffrey
University of Warwick
A Cylindrical Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) Code
Joint 2ndBartomeu Monserrat
University of Cambridge
On the vibrational properties of solids
2013 Joydeep Pal
University of Manchester
Exploiting Non Linear Piezoelectricity in Novel Semiconductor based Electronic Devices
20121stSabrina Blackwell
Loughborough University
Modelling thin film growth over realistic time scales
2ndJames Mithen
University of Oxford
Molecular dynamics simulations of non-ideal plasmas
2011 Thomas Ouldridge
Oxford University
Coarse-grained Modelling of DNA and DNA self-assembly
2010 Frank Siegert
Durham University
Monte-Carlo event generation for the LHC
2009 Marco Pinna
University of Central Lancashire
Mesoscale Modelling of Block Copolymer Systems
2008 Vanessa de Souza
Cambridge University
Glassy Dynamics and the Potential Energy Landscape
2007 No prize awarded 
2006 Vera Hazelwood
Southampton University
Vortex optical singularities induced by a liquid crystal
2005Joint 1stZhongfu Zhou
Oxford University
Electron microscopy and elastic diffuse scattering of nanostructures
Joint 1stAlex Robinson
Imperial College London
Kinetic simulation of fast electron transport and proton acceleration in ultra-intense laser-solid interactions
2004Joint 1stNeil Drummond
Cambridge University
Application of quantum Monte Carlo methods to electronic systems
Joint 1stNick Parker
Durham University
Numerical Studies of Vortices and Dark Solitons in Atomic Bose-Einstein Condensates
2ndArash Mostofi
Cambridge University
On linear-scaling methods for quantum mechanical first-principles calculations
2003 No prize awarded 
20021stDavid Walters
University of Wales, Swansea
The 3 + 1 dimensional lattice NJL model at non-zero baryon density
2ndHans Fanghor
Southampton University
Computational modelling of the vortex state in high-temperature superconductors
Joint 3rdPatrick Rinke
University of York
Exchange and correlation in small spherical clusters
Joint 3rdEmiliano Spezi
University of Wales, Cardiff
Monte Carlo simulation of Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy
2001 Paula Sanchez-Friera
University of York
Total energy calculations from self-energy models