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PhD Studentship: High Pressure Diffraction Studies on Functional Materials

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,668 p/a. stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th October 2022
Closes: 11th January 2023

Supervisor: Dr Mark Senn                   

Funding availability:  A fully funded stipend with UK fees for 4 years is available. Applicants that are not from the UK are welcome to apply, but they will need to find additional funding for the full Band 2 Postgraduate Research fees (https://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/finance/fees/pgr/).           

Project description: 

The project will exploit the in situ control parameters of, electric field, strain and hydrostatic pressure to understand how the functional properties of electronic materials can be tuned and ultimately enhanced. You will first use solid state synthesis methods to prepare a variety of functional ceramic materials.  Then you will characterise the structure and properties of these materials using state-of-the-art central facilities, including the UK and European synchrotron and neutron spallation sources, as well as becoming an expert at using our ever growing suite of in-house equipment. A particular emphasis of the project will be studying how the structures of these materials change under applied strain and hydrostatic pressure, towards application in technologies such as magnetic levitation and novel data storage devices. You will learn advanced techniques, including in situ diffraction experiments using diamond anvil cells that can reach pressures approaching that of the earth’s lower mantle. As part of your research project you will spend time working with collaborators in France, and you will have multiple opportunities to present your work at international conferences. You will join a lively team of 3 postdocs and 4 other PhD students as we seek to understand the fundamental mechanisms behind phenomena as varied as magnetism, magnetoresistance, negative thermal expansion, ferroelectricity, and superconductivity. More details of our research can be found at www.senngroup.com.

Requirements:

Applicants should have an honours degree (at least II.1 or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, or material sciences.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should contact Dr Mark Senn (m.senn@warwick.ac.uk) with a CV at the earliest possible instance.

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