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Preparation and Characterisation of Magnetocaloric Materials for Energy Applications (physics)

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Project Description

This is a joint research programme between School of Physics and School of Engineering, exploiting the synergy of expertise and facilities between two schools in the area of materials for energy applications. Increasing the energy efficiency of systems has a noticeable effect on energy footprints. Magnetic refrigeration has recently emerged as a promising technology that shows huge
potential to improve the energy efficiency of modern refrigeration systems. The principle of magnetic refrigeration is based on the magnetocaloric effect, in which a change in magnetic field induces thermal transport. A thorough understanding of the magnetocaloric properties of materials has been an important issue in the development of this emerging technology and is the framework of the proposed research in this PhD project. The objective of the project is to investigate magnetocaloric properties of GdSiGe and
manganite materials in attempts to gain fundamental insights into the avenues leading to the development of high performance and low-cost magnetocaloric materials. The project provides the candidate exciting opportunity to tackle a forefront S&T challenge with access to a number of the state-of-the-art facilities, which are widely used by world class research laboratories in Physics and Materials Sciences. Magnetocaloric materials will be prepared using a PLD (Pulsed Laser Deposition) system. The magnetocaloric properties and other physical properties will be investigated using the SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device), MFM (Magnetic Force Microscope), and Infrascope III (Infrared Microscope), etc. Furthermore, modelling of magnetocaloric properties will be established to support data analysis and interpretation.


This project is available to students applying for funded PhD studentships and may be altered or amended.
Studentships will be awarded to successful applicants from all applications received. Applicants must satisfy RCUK residency rules for the full studentship.

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