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Amy Morreau

Dr Amy Morreau


Director of Postgradiate Taught (PGT) Studies in Physics and Astronomy

School of Physics and Astronomy

McKenzie House, Room 4.10, 30-36 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0DE
Queen's Buildings - West Building Extension, Room 2.06c, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


I am a theoretical condensed matter physicist. As Director of Postgraduate Taught (PGT) studies, I oversee the six MSc programmes offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy. I also teach on the MSc core modules, focusing on research skills and techniques. 














I am an associate member of the controlled long-range coherent coupling of solid-state qubits (CCQB) group, with principal investigators Professor Wolfgang Langbein and Dr Egor Muljarov. Whilst focusing on the theoretical aspects of this topic, I work in close collaboration with experimental colleagues.

Recent work has focused on the development of a novel method by which to predict the dynamics of a quantum dot-microcavity system, taking into account the influence of the phonon environment.



Current teaching responsibilities:

  • Module Organiser for the MSc Research Project;
  • Module Organiser for Advanced Techniques in Physics and Astrophysics (MSc);
  • Deputy Module Organiser for Advanced Study and Research Skills (MSc);

Previous teaching resonsibilities:

  • Module Organiser for Statistical Mechanics (MSc and third-year undergraduate) 2019-2021.


I completed an integrated Master's degree in physics (MPhys) at the University of Oxford (Worcester College). Graduating with First Class Honours in 2011, I did not immediately pursue an academic career, instead opting to train as a patent attorney. Within this role, I applied scientific knowledge and research skills within the legal framework of patent drafting and prosecution.  Specialising in the fields of physics and electronics, my clients ranged from private individuals to large multinational corporations. 

I returned to pursue a more academic pathway in 2014, completing a PhD at Cardiff University under the supervision of Dr. Egor Muljarov and Professor Wolfgang Langbein. Broadly situated in the fields of condensed matter and photonics, my work focused on the phonon-induced dephasing of quantum dot excitons and quantum dot-cavity polaritons. 

I am now primarily focused on teaching on the MSc programmes.


Academic positions

  • 2023 - present: Director of Postgraduate Taught (PGT) studies, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
  • 2021 - 2023: Teaching Associate, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
  • 2019 - 2021: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
  • 2014 - 2018: PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics (Title: Phonon-induced dephasing of quantum dot excitons and microcavity-embedded quantum dot polaritons), School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University
  • 2011 - 2014: Patent and Trademark Attorney, Chapman IP Ltd.

Research themes


  • Condensed matter physics
  • Quantum optics and quantum optomechanics
  • Quantum physics