Dr James W E Drewitt

BSc (Hons) (Wales), PhD (Bath)

  • BS8 1RJ


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Research interests

Physics of Liquids and Glasses
Understanding the atomic-scale structural and rheological characteristics that promote glass formation in liquids represents a long-standing problem in condensed matter physics.
To tackle this problem, my research is focussed on determining the atomic-scale structure glass-forming liquids using a range of in situ synchrotron x-ray and neutron scattering techniques at central facilities, including Diamond Light Source in Didcot, UK, and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and Institut-Laue Langevin research reactor in Grenoble, France. 
I combine these experimental meaurements with classical and density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations run using the University of Bristol Advanced Computing Research Centre's high performance computing facilities and ARCHER, the UKs national supercomputer.
Containerless processing
Using containerless processing such as aerodynamic levitation with laser heating and innovative ultrasonic acoustic levitation techniques to overcome heterogenous nucleation and to obtain ultrafast quench rates to promote deep superrcooling, my research aims to explore the structural and optical properties of new glass forming materials for use in novel optical technologies such as whispering gallery mode microresonators.
By integrating containerless techniques at synchrotron and neutron beamlines, my research also involves measuring the development of structural ordering in glass-forming melts in situ during supercooling through the glass transition into the solid glassy state, and detailed measurement of the structure of liquid oxides in situ using the powerful method of neutron diffraction with isotope substitution.
Melt and mineral physics in deep planetary interiors
My research interests also involve high-pressure and high-temperature experiments to reproduce the conditions experienced in deep planetary interiors in the laboratory. This includes diamond anvil cell experiments with resistive or laser heating combined with molecular dynamics simulations to elucidate the structure and properties of silicate melts and liquid metals under extreme conditions and to investigate sub-solidus phase relations, melting, and partitioning behaviour of natural magmas in the Earth's lower mantle.

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Research Output

  • 27 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Literature review (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Review article (Academic Journal)

Structure and Dynamics of High-Temperature Strontium Aluminosilicate Melts

Florian, P., Novikov, A., Drewitt, J., Hennet, L., Sarou-Kanian, V., Massiot, D., Fischer, H. E. & Neuville, D. R., 22 Nov 2018, In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 20, 44, p. 27865-27877 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    98 Downloads (Pure)

    From Molten Calcium Aluminates through Phase Transitions to Cement Phases

    Liu, H., Chen, W., Pan, R., Shan, Z., Qiao, A., Drewitt, J. W. E., Hennet, L., Jahn, S., Langstaff, D. P., Chass, G. A., Tao, H., Yue, Y. & Greaves, G. N., 22 Jan 2020, In : Advanced Science. 7, 10 p., 1902209.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 110 Downloads (Pure)

    Lutetium incorporation in magmas at depth: changes in melt local environment and the influence on partitioning behaviour

    de Grouchy, C. J. L., Sanloup, C., Cochain, B., Drewitt, J. W. E., Kono, Y. & Crépisson, C., 15 Apr 2017, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 464, p. 155-165 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    225 Downloads (Pure)


    • 4 Invited talk
    • 4 Publication peer-review

    American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2019

    James W E Drewitt (Invited speaker)

    12 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Physical Review B (Journal)

    James W E Drewitt (Peer reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Physical Review Letters (Journal)

    James W E Drewitt (Peer reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review