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Extending the use of time-resolved electron diffraction to perform pump-probe experiments for molecular species


Department of Chemistry

About the Project

The Wann group has a time-resolved electron diffraction apparatus in York capable of time resolution of around 1 ps. We also use the Stanford ultrafast election diffraction set-up for 100 fs time resolution experiments. This project will extend the use of time-resolved electron diffraction, particular to perform pump-probe experiments for molecular species. We will use ultrafast laser technology to produce short bunches of electrons, utilising the same laser to photoinduce structural changes such as trans-cis isomerisations in azobenzenes, species that have uses as molecular switches.

The project will also involve integrating the use of quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamics simulations to aid the interpretation of the experimental data. Development of software packages to better analyse diffraction data may form part of the project, as might development of new sources of electrons that allow electron beams with better transverse coherence to be produced.

The student will join a vibrant research group. As well as working in Chemistry, some of the research will be performed in collaboration with the Department of Physics. There will also be opportunities to undertake research at the UK central facilities, the Rutherford Appleton Labs and Daresbury Labs, and to collaborate with overseas groups, particularly in USA, Germany, and New Zealand.

All Chemistry research students have access to our innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC): cohort-based training to support the development of scientific, transferable and employability skills: https://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/postgraduate/idtc/

The Department of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students. The Department strives to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel: https://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/ed/.

You should expect hold or expect to achieve the equivalent of at least a UK upper second class degree in Chemistry or a related subject. Please check the entry requirements for your country: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/international/your-country/

Funding Notes

This project is available to students from any country who can fund their own studies. The Department of Chemistry at the University of York is pleased to offer Wild Fund Scholarships. Applications are welcomed from those who meet the PhD entry criteria from any country outside the UK. Scholarships will be awarded on supervisor support, academic merit, country of origin, expressed financial need and departmental strategy. For further details and deadlines, please see our website: View Website

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