Native state and volume electron microscopy of nanoparticle-based systems
Electron microscopy is ideally suited to the nanoscale imaging and analysis of materials; the spatial resolution and availability of advanced spectroscopic techniques afford the opportunity for detailed structural and compositional investigations.
This project will investigate advanced electron microscopy incorporating techniques for native state (e.g. cryogenic electron microscopy) and volume (e.g. electron tomography and serial sectioning) with an aim of measuring the distribution or dispersion of nanoparticles. These techniques will be developed and applied to several systems, including Pickering emulsions and functionalised nanoparticles, both of which require detailed three dimensional native state analysis.
This project will utilise advanced characterisation techniques – including a FEI Titan transmission electron microscope and FEI Helios G4 DualBeam focused ion beam scanning electron microscope. This project fits within the School of Chemical and Process Engineering’s expertise in Advanced Engineering Materials, and specifically within the Materials Characterisation research group.
Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,777 for 2018/19). Funding duration is 3.5 years. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.