PhD Studentship: Oxide Thin Films for Energy Efficient Computing

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date of studentship: 1st January 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Pavel Borisov

Secondary supervisor: Dr Mike Cropper

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The department of Physics has been ranked 4th in the UK for graduate prospects (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

Full Project Detail:

There is a high demand to proceed with a continuous improvement of computer performance, i.e. to increase computing power, transistor count, and processor clock rate. However, this brings additional costs of power dissipation which set limits to further downscaling of computational electronics. On the other hand, energy efficient electronic elements are of advantage for mobile devices such as smartphones and laptops. The main challenge here is to design and incorporate novel materials for energy efficient computing, but also to test new paradigms for computing to be performed at lower energy costs.

Thin film oxide devices with multiferroic and memristive properties are promising for future and emerging technologies. Multiferroics are an interesting class of materials that demonstrate simultaneously two or more long-range orders, magnetic (e.g. ferromagnetism) and dipolar (e.g. ferroelectricity), and can be used to build a new type of non-volatile memory. Creating and modifying oxygen vacancies distribution in oxide films adds further “memory” property to the corresponding electrical resistance, the so-called memristance. This project will be related to preparation of thin oxide films using sputter and pulsed laser deposition techniques; investigation of structural, magnetic, ferroelectric and transport properties of the films; design of new devices and analysis of their performance.

Find out more:

General information about the Physics Department can be found at:

Please contact Dr Pavel Borisov, for further information about the project.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) or Masters degree in Physics or Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering. The following is desirable: first-hand working experience with experiments dealing with crystallography, physical property characterisation, high vacuum techniques, thin solid state films.

Funding information:

The 3-year studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum (in line with the standard research council rates) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Pavel Borisov

Email address:

Telephone number: +441509228260

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Physics’.

Please quote reference number: PH/PB-2/2017

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