Dr Paul Bristowe is a Reader in Computational Materials Science and leads the Atomistic Simulation Group in the Department of Materials and Metallurgy. He has held visiting positions at MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Queen’s University Belfast and the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He is a member of the UK Car-Parrinello Consortium which is an association of research groups collaborating on the first-principles computer simulation of materials. Paul’s current research interests include density functional calculations on perovskite materials used as electrodes in fuel cell devices, metal organic framework structures for carbon capture and storage, ZnO-based compounds as alternatives to silicon in photovoltaic devices and Ni-base superalloys with applications in the aircraft industry.