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Modelling of crystal and magnetic local structure in potential quantum spin liquid (QSL) alpha-RuCl3

Faculty of Chemistry

Dr Wojciech Slawinski Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The coupling of properties of materials with their crystal structure is currently one of the main topic of modern crystallography. Finding connections between material’s crystal structure, local order and its local distortion and the average structure with chemical and physical properties of the materials is within the scope of interest of many research groups worldwide. One of the intensively studied research areas in the field of magnetic materials is to seek for candidates for Quantum Spin Liquid (QSL) state.

Under the current project we will be developing methods to study local order in materials, i.e. local crystal and magnetic structure of materials within the QSL family. An important part of the project will be to synthesize new materials, next to conduct diffraction experiments by using large scale facilities like synchrotron sources (ESRF France, Diamond UK) or neutron sources (ISIS UK, ILL France). An important part of the project will be to develop available methods for diffraction bases data like Pair Distribution Function (this includes computer programming in Fortran) in cooperation with research groups from UK and US.

Funding Notes

The project is founded by National Science Centre in Poland (
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