About the Project
Glasses thwart this description; they are solids with liquid structure. The nature of the “glass transition” and why some materials form glasses more easily than others are deep mysteries that frustrate physicists. The atomic-scale structures that allow glasses to deform and are responsible for their Achilles’ heel of shear banding and brittle failure are not known. Empirical progress on this front is stymied by the lack of a routine method for characterising disordered structures. The lack of knowledge and understanding of the structure of glasses is a major road-block for glass science and technology.
A series of new and measureable structural parameters for glasses has recently been demonstrated by Monash University researchers [1,2,3]. This project will further test these new parameters on a series of metallic and silicate glasses to determine what role, if any, structure plays in properties such as glass-forming ability and mechanical response. The project will involve electron diffraction measurements on a next-generation scanning-transmission electron microscope with a low-noise, fast read-out rate direct electron detector (UltraTEM – installation in the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy scheduled for late 2019). There will be opportunities for interactions with Prof. Kiyonori Suzuki (Materials Science and Engineering, Monash University), Dr Daniel East (CSIRO, Lab22) and collaborators at the University of Adelaide and Ames Laboratory, Iowa.
Applicants should hold a first-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics and have an interest in experimental materials physics and developing 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, 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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