Edwin Flikkema


Contact Details

Room Number..........:  2.39
Building....................:  Physical Sciences
Phone.......................:   +44 (0)1970 622769
E-Mail........................:   edf
Home Page...............:   Personal


Born in Haren in The Netherlands Dr Edwin Flikkema did his undergraduate studies in Theoretical Physics at the University of Groningen. He obtained his PhD at the department of Chemistry of the same university in 2002, on the subject of polymer simulation. Edwin Flikkema then went to the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands to do a post-doc on the subject of computational modelling of silica clusters. From 2005 to 2007 he stayed in Cambridge (UK) on a Marie Curie Fellowship, working on the subject of energy landscapes in the group of Prof David J. Wales. After a brief stay at the University of Barcelona Edwin Flikkema joined the Department of Physics as an RCUK fellow in 2008. He has been a lecturer since 2012.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling of Oxide Systems:

    Having initially worked in polymer simulation, for the past few years Dr Flikkemas main interest has been in the area of theoretical chemistry and computational modelling of oxide systems using a variety of computational methods: global optimisation methods, energy landscape methods, Monte Carlo simulation and Molecular Dynamics. More specifically, he has worked on finding the optimal geometrical configuration of nanoscale silica clusters (based on the energy calculated via Density Functional Theory). More recent interests include hydroxylated silica clusters and two-dimensional foams.

Teaching Areas

Modules Taught



Jelfs, K.E., Flikkema, E., Bromley, S.T. 2013. Hydroxylation of silica nanoclusters (SiO2)M(H2O)N, M = 4, 8, 16, 24: stability and structural trends. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 15 (47) pp. 20438-20443. 10.1039/c3cp53347f Cadair


Flikkema, E., Jelfs, K.E., Bromley, S.T. 2012. Structure and energetics of hydroxylated silica clusters, (SiO2)M(H2O)N, M=8,16 and N=1-4: A global optimisation study. Chemical Physics Letters 554 pp. 117-122. 10.1016/j.cplett.2012.10.016 Cadair

Jelfs, K.E., Flikkema, E., Bromley, S.T. 2012. Evidence for Atomic Mixing via Multiple Intermediates during the Dynamic Interconversion of Silicate Oligomers in Solution. Chemical Communications 48 (1) pp. 46-48. 10.1039/C1CC14674B Other Cadair


Flikkema, E., Zhou, Z., Greaves, N. 2011. Using visualisation techniques and Molecular Dynamics to study atoms diffusing in glass. Eurographics 2011 proceedings. Eurographics 2011. Eurographics pp. 47-48. Cadair

Flikkema, E., Greaves, N., Zhou, Z. 2011. Molecular Dynamics Study of Ion Diffusion in Glassy Materials. International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies 2011. Cadair

Flikkema, E., Bromley, S. 2011. Global Optimization of (hydroxylated) Silica Clusters. International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies 2011. Cadair


Flikkema, E. 2010. Computational studies of silicate materials: clusters and bulk. INYS 2010. Cadair

Cox, S.J., Flikkema, E. 2010. The minimal perimeter for N confined deformable bubbles of equal area. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 17 R45 Cadair Other Other


Flikkema, E., Wales, D.J. 2009. Energy landscapes and basin sampling of bulk mixed oxide systems. CCP5 Annuanl Meeting 2009: Structure Prediction. Cadair

Flikkema, E., Bromley, S.T. 2009. Defective to fully coordinated crossover in complex directionally bonded nanoclusters. Physical Review B 80 (3) 035402 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.035402 Cadair

Flikkema, E. 2009. Graph-based global optimisation of fully-coordinated silica clusters. INYS 2009. Cadair

Flikkema, E., Bromley, S.T. 2009. Exploring Low-energy Fully-coordinated (SiO2)N Nano-clusters with Graph-based sampling. ICMAT 2009. Cadair

Flikkema, E., Bromley, S.T. 2009. Graph-based global optimization of fully-coordinated cluster geometries. American Physical Society March 2009 Meeting. Cadair


Flikkema, E., Bromley, S.T. 2008. Graph-based sampling of fully-coordinated silica (SiO2)N clusters. E-MRS Fall Meeting 2008. Cadair

Flikkema, E. 2008. Energy landscapes and thermodynamics of bulk mixed oxide materials. CECAM workshop on "Energy Landscape of Solids: from (hypothetical) topologies to material properties". Cadair


Van den Berg, A.W.C., Flikkema, E., Lems, S., Bromley, S.T., Jansen, J.C. 2006. Molecular dynamics-based approach to study the anisotropic self-diffusion of molecules in porous materials with multiple cage types: Application to H-2 in losod. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 110 (1) pp. 501-506. 10.1021/jp055033l Cadair


Bromley, S.T., Flikkema, E. 2005. Columnar-to-disk structural transition in nanoscale (SiO2)(N) clusters. Physical Review Letters 95 (18) 185505 10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.185505 Other Cadair


Flikkema, E., Bromley, S.T. 2004. Dedicated global optimization search for ground state silica nanoclusters: (SiO2)(N) (N=6-12). Journal of Physical Chemistry B 108 (28) pp. 9638-9645. 10.1021/jp049783r Other Cadair


Flikkema, E., Bromley, S.T. 2003. A new interatomic potential for nanoscale silica. Chemical Physics Letters 378 (5-6) pp. 622-629. 10.1016/j.cplett.2003.07.017 Cadair