Mr Fergus James McDonald Rogers

Bachelor of Science (with honours)
PhD Candidate

I am a doctoral candidate working under the supervision of Professor Michelle Coote, having previously received my undergraduate degree here in 2016, with a major in chemistry, and minors in mathematics and philosophy.

My honours project was spent exploring crystalline states in the one-dimensional uniform electron gas, a novel electronic system whose three-dimensional homologue underlies the construction of most exchange-correlation functionals within density functional theory. Over the course of this project, I had the good fortune of working under the supervision of Doctor Pierre-Francois Loos (Titou), formerly a member of the RSC.

Before returning to commence my PhD in 2018, I enjoyed a 18-month hiatus spent mostly at my home on the South Coast of SA, where I worked for some time at a local fresh water Barramundi farm whilst supporting my parents’ agricultural business.

My current research interests lie within the scope of computer-aided chemical design, with ongoing projects on optimizing species such as radical iniferters and electrostatic catalysts for polymer and electrochemistry. Recently, I resumed work in our lab with the hope of making use of our more recent computational discoveries.


1. Symmetry-broken local-density approximation for one-dimensional systems. Rogers, F.J.M.; Loos, P.F.; Ball, C.J. Phys. Rev. B. 2016, 93, 235114.

2. Excited-state Wigner crystals in one dimension. Rogers, F.J.M.; Loos, P.F. J. Chem. Phys. 2017, 146, 044114.