Dynamic TEM development for improved understanding of reactions and processes on the ns timescale

University of Oxford

A I Kirkland

This EPSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) project in conjunction with Johnson Matthey will support the development of DTEM (dynamic TEM) for improved understanding a range of technologically important materials such as batteries, zeolites, sensors and pharmaceutical materials. DTEM is a cutting edge technique using laser pulses to form short time duration electron bunches which can yield spatial and temporal information on the nm and ns scales. The project will be based at the University of Oxford and ultimately at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Harwell where a novel pulsed source instrument is being constructed. The study of dynamic non equilibrium processes will form a central part of the project and a number of commercial areas will be studied as exemplar projects.

The project may also involve the development of compressive sensing as an alternative route to increased time resolution.

This project would suit a student with a background in physics, materials science or chemistry with a strong interest in developing new methods (and possibly instrumentation) for materials characterisation.

Candidates are considered in the January 2018 admissions cycle which has an application deadline of 19 January 2018. 

This is a 4-year EPSRC Industrial CASE studentship in conjunction with Johnson Matthey and will provide full fees and maintenance for a student who has home fee status (this includes an EU student who has spent the previous three years (or more) in the UK undertaking undergraduate study). The stipend will be at least £16,553 per year. Other EU students should read the guidance at http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate/eu.html for further information about eligibility.

Any questions concerning the project can be addressed to Professor Angus Kirkland (angus.kirkland@materials.ox.ac.uk). General enquiries on how to apply can be made by e‑mail to graduate.studies@materials.ox.ac.uk. You must complete the standard Oxford University Application for Graduate Studies. Further information and an electronic copy of the application form can be found at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/apply/index.html.

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