12th June 2019, Arts A1 Building, Sussex University, Falmer, Brighton

Malcolm and Molly

This one day event is a celebration of Professor Malcolm Heggie‘s scientific achievements and influence, notably in the field of atomistic simulations of carbon materials. Malcolm passed away in January 2019 at the age of 63.  The meeting will include scientific presentations from colleagues and friends from around the world, exploring point defects, dislocations, mechanical properties and other aspects of atomistic simulations of carbon and related materials, and will be opened by his daughter Laura.  There will also be space to present scientific posters during lunch and coffee.

The meeting will be held at Sussex University where Malcolm spent a large part of his scientific career, and will be free to attend, although registration is necessary.


Registration is free but required (for lunch and coffee numbers), please follow this link.

Invited Speakers

Patrick Briddon, Department of Engineering, Newcastle University
Chris Ewels, Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel, Nantes, France
Kenny Jolley, Department of Chemistry, Loughborough University
Jim Reed, EDF Energy Ltd
Irene Suarez-Martinez, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Ichiro Yonenaga, Tohoku University, Japan

Preliminary Programme

10:30-11:00   Arrival
11:00-11:20   Introduction and Welcome (Laura Heggie and others)
11:20-11:50   Patrick Briddon, “Modelling carbon: from 1 atom to 10,000”
11:50-12:20   Ichiro Yonenaga, “Studies on dislocations in semiconductors with Malcolm”
12:20-12:50   Jim Reed, It was just an academic exercise – it meant something to nuclear safety in the UK
12:50-14:00   Lunch and Posters
14:00-14:25   Irene Suarez-Martinez, Buckle, Ruck and Tuck – the response of graphite to irradiation
14:25-14:45   Chris Ewels, “The Heggie story of Ice and Fire”
14:45-15:10   Kenny Jolley, “Atomistic Modelling of Defects in Graphite”
15:10-15:30   Bernd Eggen, “The changing face(s) of Fullerenes”
15:30-16:00   Coffee and Tea break, posters
16:00-16:20   Geoff Fowler and Norman Parkyns, “Malcolm, the British Carbon Group and the AGM”
16:20-16:40  Philippe Ouzilleau, Sherbrooke, “Why some carbons may or may not graphitize?
16:40-17:00   Paul Mouratidis, Loughborough, “Ab Initio Calculations of Partial Basal Dislocations in Bilayer Graphene”
17:00-             Meeting close

Ben Hourahine: “Large scale tight-binding models of graphite dislocations”
Chris Ewels: “DFT Modelling of nanoscale carbons”
Stephen Lyth: “Engineering the Work Function of Graphene via Defects and Nitrogen Doping”
Hao Xu: “2D Glassy-Graphene for VOC sensing and optoelectronic applications”
Nathalia Martsinovich, “Photocatalytic Interfaces of TiO2 with Graphene and Reduced Graphene Oxide: A Computational Study

Practical Information

The meeting is in the ‘Arts A’ lecture theatre building (room A1), in the centre of the Sussex University campus in Falmer, near to Brighton.


A “just giving” page has been set up in memorial to Malcolm, accepting donations on behalf of three charities that he particularly appreciated.