December 2020 — Dr Stewart McWilliams awarded European Research Council Consolidator Grant

Congratulations to Dr Stewart McWilliams who has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant.

The grant will support his research in Transport in the Interior of the Earth from Modelling and Experiments.

Stewart studies high-pressure and high-temperature states of matter in the laboratory to address questions of scientific and technological interest. He is interested in materials relevant to natural systems such as planetary interiors and to technologies such as energetic materials and inertial confinement fusion. He works on developing and using ultrafast methods to create, sustain, and study extreme states.  These techniques use the diamond-anvil cell (static compression) and laser-driven shock compression (dynamic compression) to generate particular extreme states.