About the Project
A key impediment to fresh understanding of the glassy state is an experimental technique to measure disordered structures. Current techniques in crystallography can only determine the structure of periodic objects. A series of new and measureable structural parameters for glasses has recently been proposed [2,3] and demonstrated by Monash University researchers using scanning micro-small-angle x-ray scattering  and colloidal glasses. In this experiment, it was shown for the first time, how local structures in the colloidal glass could be varied widely by varying the interaction between particles. Intriguingly, this local order in the glass could be linked to the local order in the underlying, lower density, crystalline phase diagram .
This project will involve complete mapping of the local order in glassy “phase diagrams” for one and two-component colloidal glasses with round and elliptical particles and a range of interaction-tuning additives. It will involve experiments at the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy and the Ramaciotti Centre for Cryo-EM and collaboration with A/Prof. Rico Tabor (School of Chemistry, Monash university). The project would suit a student with interests in experimental physical chemistry and soft matter, scattering methods and the development of new data analysis tools.
Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University including English language proficiency. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Science are available at View Website
 A. C. Y. Liu, M. J. Neish, G. Stokol, G. A. Buckley, L. A. Smillie, M. D. de Jonge, R. T. Ott, M. J. Kramer, and L. Bourgeois, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 205505, (2013)
 A. C. Y. Liu, R. F. Tabor, L. Bourgeois, M. D. de Jonge, S. T. Mudie, and T. C. Petersen, Phys. Rev. Lett., 116, 205501 (2016)
 A. C. Y. Liu, R. F. Tabor, M. D. de Jonge, S. T. Mudie, and T. C. Petersen, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 114, 10344–10349, (2017)
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