Surface Properties of New Complex Metallic Alloys

   Department of Physics

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  Dr HR Sharma, Prof R McGrath  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Complex metallic alloys are materials with large unit cells containing up to thousands of atoms and their atomic structure can be characterized by clusters of atoms. CMA include materials with intriguing geometrical structure such as quasicrystals – which possess aperiodic long-range order and often associated with crystallographically forbidden rotational symmetries such as 5-fold and 10-fold. We have recently showed that CMA provide an interesting playground for search for interesting overlayer structures such as quasicrystalline structure of single element and molecules. 

The project deals with the atomic scale characterization of growth of thin films on surfaces of new complex metallic alloys using surface science techniques such as Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM), Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), and X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS). The objective is to understand atomic and electronic properties that are interested for technological applications such as catalysts, corrosion resistance and thin film growths.

The candidate should have, or expect to have, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Physics or Chemistry or Material Engineering. The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Hem Raj Sharma and Prof Ronan McGrath. The experimental work will be carried out in the Department of Physics of the University of Liverpool. However, the candidate will be provided the opportunity to perform experiments in the laboratories of our overseas collaborators including member institutes of the European Integrated Centre for the Development of New Metallic Alloys and Compounds (C-MAC) and/or at large scale facilities such as ESRF or Diamond. The successful candidate is expected to commence work from October 2021.

For any enquiries please contact: Dr Hem Raj Sharma ([Email Address Removed]) and Prof Ronan McGrath ([Email Address Removed])

To apply for this opportunity, please visit: and click the 'Apply online' button. Please quote references PPPR009 in the funding section of the online application form.

Funding Notes

This studentship is funded by the EPSRC DTP scheme and is offered for 3.5years in total. It provides full tuition fees and a stipend of approx. £15,609 tax free per year for living costs. The stipend costs quoted are for students starting from 1st October 2021 and will rise slightly each year with inflation.
The funding for this studentship also comes with a budget for research and training expenses of £1000 per year, and for those that are eligible, a disabled students allowance to cover the costs of any additional support that is required.
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