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The physics of glass - fundamental mechanisms and novel applications

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The formation and behavior of glassy disordered non-equilibrium solids is one of the deepest unsolved fundamental questions in physics. Moreover, to better understand the physics of glassy materials is important for a wide range of technologies, for battery and other energy materials, pharmaceuticals, foods, paints and for our understanding of biological matter such as proteins and cells. The fact that neither the microscopic mechanisms involved in glass formation nor the behaviour of the glassy state is well understood makes this a key problem both within the fundamental and applied sciences.

This project will focus on using advanced experimental techniques to investigate the physics of glass-formation, with a particular focus on the effects of molecular topology, the introduction of specific interactions such as hydrogen bonding and the molecular response to high pressures and mechanical deformations. The molecular structure and dynamics will be investigated using techniques including advanced light, x-ray and neutron scattering, dielectric relaxation spectroscopy and calorimetry.

You will work with Dr. Johan Mattsson in the Soft Matter Physics Group in the School of Physics & Astronomy in Leeds. You will work in an international dynamic research environment characterized by close collaborations between experimentalists and theorists and an inspiring mix of fundamental and applied research.

Importantly, the project will also include significant international collaborations with leading international research groups.

Funding Notes

This project is open to self-funded students and is eligible for funding from the Henry Ellison Scholarship, Leeds Doctoral Scholarships and EPSRC scholarships. All successful UK/EU and international applicants will be considered for funding, in an open competition across the School of Physics and Astronomy.

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