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Motion and in-operando detection of superparamagnetic particles

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  • Full or part time
    Dr L O'Brien
    Dr F Jaeckel
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Magnetic nano- and micro-particles find uses in a wide array of sectors, for example as a contrasting agent for NMR; as a key component of magnetic bearings; and as a potential means for cancer therapy. Recently, it has even been shown that the large moment in superparamagnetic particles offers a high-sensitivity imaging method that could be used as a low-field alternative to NMR.

During this project you will develop precision experimental techniques to detect and actuate magnetic particles. You will use these methods to develop physical models, correlating particle response to the local environment, in-situ. This work will draw together ideas from nanolithography, micromagnetism, RF signal processing, magnetophoresis and fluid dynamics, applied within a highly industry-relevant setting. This will include the use of large-area, low-cost thin film techniques to develop bespoke magnetic particle designs, using UHV hybrid evaporation and processing equipment available at the University of Liverpool magnetic materials lab and Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy.

This studentship will be based in the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool. The project will offer the opportunity to work as part of both the newly opened Materials Innovation Factory – a joint academic-industry venture – and Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, and is expected to have substantial interaction with industrial partners. Through the project, the student will develop expertise in signal processing, materials deposition, characterisation and nanofabrication, including both academic and industrial research.

Creative and highly motivated applicants from UK/EU are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the EPSRC website for full eligibility rules: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility/

A degree (First or Upper Second) in Physics, Materials Science, or a related field is required

To apply for this opportunity, please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/
Please quote Studentship Reference: PPPR003 in the Finance Section of the Application form.

Funding Notes

The studentship will pay full tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant (currently £15,009.00 pa) for 42 months and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will start in October 2020. Applications should be made as soon as possible.



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