The field of `first-principles' electronic structure calculations is developing rapidly in line with the growth of powerful computing resources. It is now possible to tackle problems which are not only of fundamental interest but also have real technological relevance. Since all real materials are disordered the ab-initio modelling must include the influence this disorder has on electronic motion. Typically however there is order over small length scales, namely Short Range Order (SRO) which can vary dramatically. Until recently its effects on the electronic structure had been neglected. A method for modelling disordered materials (the KKR-NLCPA) has recently been developed which can address this shortcoming. Further information on this approach is available from the publications listed below.

 Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker nonlocal coherent-potential approximation by D. A. Rowlands, J. B. Staunton and B. L. Gyorffy, Phys.Rev.B 67, 115109, (2003).

Effects of short-range order on the electronic structure of disordered metallic systems by D.A. Rowlands, J.B. Staunton, B.L. Gyorffy, B. Ginatempo and E. Bruno, Phys.Rev.B 72, 045101, (2005).

Density functional theory for disordered alloys with short-range order: Systematic inclusion of charge-correlation effects by D.A. Rowlands, A. Ernst, B.L. Gyorffy and J.B. Staunton, Phys.Rev.B 73, 165122, (2006).

 Nonsite diagonal properties from the Korringa-Kohn-Rostocker nonlocal coherent-potential approximation by P.R. Tulip, J.B. Staunton, D.A. Rowlands, B.L. Gyorffy, E. Bruno and B. Ginatempo, Phys.Rev.B 73, 205109, (2006).

 Nonlocal spectral properties of disordered alloys by G. M. Batt and D. A. Rowlands, J.Phys. Condensed Matter 18, 11031 (2006).

 Theory of electronic transport in random alloys with short-range order: Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker non-local coherent potential approximation by P.R. Tulip, J.B. Staunton, S. Lowitzer, D. Koedderitzsch and H. Ebert, Phys.Rev.B 77, 165116, (2008). (Editors' suggestion)