Dr. Ingo Loa

Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
Hard Condensed Matter
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)131 651 7212
School of Physics and Astronomy, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD, United Kingdom

Research interests

My research concerns the effect of very high pressure in the kilo- to megabar range on the physical properties of solids.My work has covered a wide range of materials from elemental metals and intermetallic compounds, via bulk and nano-structured semiconductors, to transition metal oxides with strong electron correlations. I have studied crystal structures, electronic and lattice-dynamical properties of solids at high pressure using a variety of techniques, including synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction and inelastic x-ray scattering, optical spectroscopy (Raman and synchrotron-infrared) as well as first-principles electronic structure calculations.My current research interests include thermoelectric materials and the use of diffuse x-ray scattering from phonons for the determination of phonon dispersion relations.From 2007 to 2012, I have held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, and I have subsequently been appointed as a Chancellor's Fellow and Reader.


  • Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics (4th year)
  • Solid State Physics (4/5th year)
  • Senior Honours project supervision
  • MPhys project supervsion
  • Personal Tutor

Research outputs

  1. Critical mode and band-gap-controlled bipolar thermoelectric properties of SnSe DOI
    I. Loa, S. R. Popuri, A. D. Fortes and J. W. G. Bos, Physical Review Materials, 2, 8 (2018)
  2. Structural and electronic properties of the alkali metal incommensurate phases DOI
    Gavin Woolman, Victor Naden Robinson, Miriam Marqués, Ingo Loa, Graeme J. Ackland and Andreas Hermann, Physical Review Materials, 2, 5 (2018)
  3. No experimental Fermi surface measurements have been reported or made on low-temperature martensitic lithium DOI
    Miguel Martinez-Canales, Ingo Loa and Graeme J. Ackland, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114, 42 (2017)
  4. Quantum and isotope effects in lithium metal DOI
    Graeme J. Ackland, Mihindra Dunuwille, Miguel Martinez-Canales, Ingo Loa, Rong Zhang, Stanislav Sinogeikin, Weizhao Cai and Shanti Deemyad, Science, 356, 6344 , p. 1254-1259 (2017)
  5. Atomic Ordering in Cubic Bismuth Telluride Alloy Phases at High Pressure DOI
    I. Loa, J.-W. G. Bos, R. A. Downie and K. Syassen, Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 93 (2016)
  6. Structural transformations of Li2C2 at high pressures DOI
    Ilias Efthimiopoulos, Daryn E. Benson, Sumit Konar, Johanna Nylen, Gunnar Svensson, Ulrich Haeussermann, Stefan Liebig, Uwe Ruschewitz, Grigory V. Vazhenin, Ingo Loa et al., Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 92, 6 (2015)
  7. Structural changes in thermoelectric SnSe at high pressures DOI
    I. Loa, R. J. Husband, R. A. Downie, S. R. Popuri and J-W G. Bos, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 27, 7 (2015)
  8. The crystal structure of methane B at 8 GPa-An alpha-Mn arrangement of molecules DOI
    H. E. Maynard-Casely, L. F. Lundegaard, I. Loa, M. I. McMahon, E. Gregoryanz, R. J. Nelmes and J. S. Loveday, The Journal of Chemical Physics, 141, 23 (2014)
  9. Incommensurate-to-incommensurate phase transition in Eu metal at high pressures DOI
    R. J. Husband, I. Loa, K. A. Munro, E. E. McBride, S. R. Evans, H. -P. Liermann and M. I. McMahon, Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 90, 21 (2014)
  10. The distorted-fcc phase of samarium DOI
    R. J. Husband, I. Loa, K. Munro and M. I. McMahon, : Journal of Physics Conference Series, 500 (2014)
Last updated: 06 Mar 2019 at 10:01