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Magnetic Thin Films for Energy Harvesting

  • Full or part time
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The spin Seebeck effect is a newly discovered phenomenon that manifests as the generation of a spin current when a magnetic material is subjected to a temperature gradient. For this reason it is often classed with a larger group of effects under the umbrella term “spin caloritronics”, i.e. the interplay of spin and thermal currents that have implications for future electronic devices. A potential application of this effect is in thermoelectrics: devices that can convert waste heat into a useful voltage, however this is still a relatively unexplored research field.

You will be working alongside a team of researchers as part of the EPSRC Fellowship - Reliable, Scalable and Affordable Thermoelectrics: Spin Seebeck Based Devices for Energy Harvesting – where we are developing new devices and metrology of the spin Seebeck effect. This could involve, amongst others: fabrication of devices using thin film deposition; device fabrication using photolithography; characterisation of devices with X-ray Diffraction and Reflectivity; use of largescale facilities such as synchrotrons and neutron beamline; and other characterisation such as SEM, electric, thermal and magnetic measurements.

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Entry requirements

- Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics or Materials.
- A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:
- Low temperature measurements
- Materials characterisation techniques (such as SEM or TEM)
- X-ray diffraction measurements

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select School of Science. Please quote reference number: PH/KM-Uni1/2019

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