Dr Stewart McWilliams

Chancellor's Fellow

School of Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests 

My group studies high pressure and temperature states of matter in the laboratory to address questions of scientific and technological interest.  We examine materials relevant to natural systems such as planetary interiors and technologies such as energetic materials.  We develop and use ultrafast methods to create, sustain, and study extreme states. We visit facilities worldwide for access to high power laser systems, synchrotron radiation, and other special instrumentation.  We examine how extreme conditions can be used to synthesize new materials and characterize fundamental material properties including strength, elastic moduli, optical properties, and melting points.

Email Address 


Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, The University of Edinburgh Room 3801, Erskine Williamson Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, The King's Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD


+44 (0)131 650 5273


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