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Double Exchange Spin Dynamics within Valence Delocalised Molecular Magnets

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, June 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applicants are invited to pursue a fully funded PhD studentship affiliated with the University of Manchester and hosted at international neutron research centre, Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), France. The ILL is the world’s flagship centre for neutron science, providing very high flux neutrons for research. The PhD project will apply inelastic neutron scattering to investigate new and unexplored types of magnetic exchange interactions present within molecules synthesized for their potential in molecular electronic applications. Inelastic neutron scattering is arguably the most powerful and detailed experimental technique for measuring the magnetic interactions present within magnetic molecules.
In this project we will investigate a class of molecules where electrons exhibit mobility within the molecule resulting in a ferromagnetic interaction between electron spins, known as double exchange. The objective of this project is to directly measure double exchange dynamics for the first-time using neutron scattering. The results will then be analysed to test theoretical models and to develop understanding how these molecules could be applied in molecular spintronic devices.

You will be affiliated within the Department of Chemistry at The University of Manchester, supervised by Dr. Michael L. Baker (University of Manchester) and co-supervised by Rodolphe Clérac (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Bordeaux). In addition to university supervision, you will work with an ILL supervisor (Dr. Jacques Ollivier). The project will be carried out at the ILL where you will benefit from working at a large-scale facility in an international environment. You will obtain unrivalled hands-on experience leading to future employment opportunities in some of the world’s leading research centres. The ILL is positioned the heart of the French Alps, with excellent opportunities for skiing and other outdoor activities, one hour from Lyon, and only three hours from Paris, the Côte d’Azur and Provence.

Academic background of candidates:
Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics or a closely related discipline.

Contact for further information
Dr Michael L. Baker

Funding Notes

This is a 3 year studentship funded by the University of Manchester and Institut Laue-Langevin. The funding will cover tuition fees and a stipend of 2,400 euros per month plus other benefits. Please see:View Website for further details.

Open to UK/EU applicants only

We expect the programme to start in September 2020

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