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The aim of our research group is to tackle fundamental problems in Chemistry and Physics using Mathematical techniques. The group's interest lies at the interface between Physics and Chemistry, and mainly focus on developing simple approximations that are accurate enough to have chemical and physical usefulness. I am collaborating with Michel Caffarel and Anthony Scemama, who are also members of the LCPQ.

If you would like to discuss joining the group or working on a project, please email as below.


  • Sep 2017: Come and join us at TCCM Winter School LTTC in Luchon!
  • Feb 2017: Sebastian Sitkiewicz (Master student) from Valencia has joined the group for a 3-month stay. He will work on the non-linear optic properties of model systems.
  • Dec 2016: I am moving back to France (University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse) on a CNRS research position.
  • Nov 2016: Fergus has graduated!
  • Aug 2016: Lauren Booth (in collaboration with Andrew Gilbert) will join the group for an ASE project.
  • June 2016: Harrison Barnett will join the group next semester as a Chem3060 student. Harrison will develop a sime-spin correlation functional based on electrons on glomes!
  • 25th May 2016: Fergus has his first paper accepted today in Phys Rev B!
  • May 2016: Marat Sibaev will join the group in June for a two-year postdoctoral position (jointly with PMWG).
  • Feb 2016: Peter Gill and I are advertising a 2-year postdoc position.
  • Nov 2015: Wenqi and Nilu has joined the group as Summer Research scholars.
  • Nov 2015: Fergus Rogers will remain in the group in 2016 to complete his Honours. Good luck Fergus!
  • Oct 2015: Nathaniel just had his first ever paper accepted in JCP based on his work on three-electron coalescence conditions! Legend!
  • Sep 2015: Davids has left the group after a one-year postdoc. We wish Davids good luck for the future!
  • Sep 2015: Ee Faye has completed her ASC project and she is on her way to Japan for a year. Good luck Ee Faye!
  • 11th Aug 2015: Congratulations to Anneke Knol who had her first (ever!) paper accepted in the Journal of Chemical Physics today!
  • Aug 2015: Welcome to Fergus Rogers (3rd-year) who is joining the group for a CHEM3060 project. Fergus will work on the failure of MP2 in strongly-correlated systems.
  • Jul 2015: Wenqi Zhang (1st-year PhB) will be joining the group this semester to work on quantum Monte Carlo methods.
  • Jun 2015: Nathaniel Bloomfield (3rd-year PhB) will join the group for the 2nd semester. He will work on ``finite'' jellium models during his ASC project.
  • Jun 2015: Ee-Faye Chong (2nd-year PhB) will soon start an ASC project in the group.
  • Feb 2015: Stuart Ferrie (CHEM3060 student) will join the group this semester and will investigate nodal surfaces in fermionic systems.
  • Nov 2014: Welcome to Matt Plowman (Summer student) who will work on α-carboxylesterase associated with insecticide resistance (in collaboration with Colin Jackson's group).
  • Nov 2014: Anneke Knol will do her Honours year in the group in 2015
  • Aug 2014: Anneke Knol will join the group for a Chem3060 project: she will work on "flat" atoms and molecules!
  • May 2014: Welcome to Davids who will join the group in September after completing his PhD in UQ.
  • Nov 2013: I have been promoted to Level C (senior lecturer) at the ANU.
  • Nov 2013: Peter Gill and I have been awarded a Discovery Project grant from the ARC (funding starting in 2014).
  • Nov 2012: I won a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the ARC for the next 3 years.

Group Members

  • Pierre-Francois Loos (group leader, CV)

    Chargé de recherche 1ère classe
    Laboratoire de Chimie et Physique Quantiques
    Université de Toulouse, CNRS, UPS, France

    Visiting Fellow
    Research School of Chemistry
    The Australian National University
    Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

    Telephone: +33 5 6155 7339
    E-mail: loos@irsamc.ups-tlse.fr

  • Marat Sibaev (Postdoc, ANU)
  • Sebastian Sitkiewicz (Master student, UPS)

    Past Members

  • Harrison Barnett and Fergus Rogers (2016)
  • Daniel Hills, Nilupuli Senadhira and Wenqi Zhang (2016)
  • Nathaniel Bloomfield and Anneke Knol (2015)
  • Davids Agboola (2014-2015)
  • Ee-Faye Chong, Stuart Ferrie and Matt Plowman (2015)
  • Amy Kendrick (2014)
  • Dominic Weiller (2013)

  • Hello world Run-Q.M.C.!

    The group is developing Run-Q.M.C., a quantum Monte Carlo software for uniform electrons gases. Run-Q.M.C. can performed variational and diffusion Monte Carlo calculations for electrons on rings, spheres and glomes for various trial wave functions. It can also performed trial wave function optimization. Contact me for more info.

    Run-Q.M.C. version 1.0 "Walk this way" will be available soon. Please, always gamble responsibly!