Expand the Nanoworld

   Physics and Astronomy

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  Prof Arthur Blackburn  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Are you interested in expanding your view of the nanoworld by advancing state-of-the-art electron microscope imaging? If yes, then you could be a good fit for a PhD or MSc project that I have available [1] that will push forward recent advances in high resolution electron microscopy. Particularly, the project looks to push coherent diffractive imaging reconstruction methods [2] towards greater dose sensitivity, higher throughput, and improved 3D resolution. This will be achieved using combinations of physics constrained algorithm advancements, likely involving machine learning methods, structured illumination, and tomography, all in combination with high-speed pixelated direct electron detectors to rapidly collect multi-GB image datasets. Applicants will benefit from experience and enthusiasm with Python and/or Matlab, along with a keen interest in practical electron microscopy. Projects may involve some aspects of sample or device microfabrication and sample preparation. Techniques developed will be applied to characterize nanoparticles, which have wide applications in catalysis, medical imaging and therapeutics, and energy related materials such as perovskite photovoltaics. Electron microscopy give essential insights for driving innovation and understanding of sciences and technologies to help address the challenges faced by society.

Competitive funding and support grants are available for suitable candidates. Some projects will also be carried out within a NSERC Collaborative Research and Development grant in collaboration with Hitachi High-Tech Canada. Please contact me for more details. Funding support may be above the University of Victoria, Department of Physics and Astronomy, minimum levels.

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24) Mathematics (25) Physics (29)


[1] Group Website: https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/emicro/
[2] Blackburn A M and McLeod R A (2020) Practical implementation of high-resolution electron ptychography and comparison with off-axis electron holography. Microscopy 70, 131-147 (https://doi.org/10.1093/jmicro/dfaa055).
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