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Understanding chromotropic and spin-crossover materials with combined in-situ Neutron Diffraction and Raman Spectroscopy

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The changes in the structure of molecular compounds by the application of external phenomena in particular light and temperature have drawn increasing attention as they offer the prospect of developing new memory storage and switching devices. Two of the most widely investigated areas are chromotropism and spin crossover materials. The goal of this project is to better understand the mechanism behind such changes when these stimuli are applied. In order to do this, we aim to develop methods and instrumentation for a combined in-situ approach using single crystal neutron diffraction and Raman spectroscopy on the SXD diffractometer, at the ISIS neutron and muon facility.
The project is part-funded by an ISIS facility development award, and it is the intention that the methodologies and instrumentation we develop will be made available to the general ISIS user community. In addition to instrumental development, the project will involve the preparation of the materials to be studied. The first part of the project approximately 12 - 18 months, will be spent primarily at Keele with visits to ISIS. The remainder of the project will be divided between ISIS and Keele.
The ISIS facility is the UK’s neutron spallation source (, and is a world-leading centre for research at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. It has a world class research programme in many areas including Chemistry, Physics, materials science, and hosts many scientific users from across the world.

Please quote FNS GS 2019-07 on your application.
Studentship available from 23/9/2019. One studentship available.

Funding Notes

100% UK/EU tuition fee (£4,327) for 4 years, commencing academic year 2019-20. Stipend for 4 years at UK Research Council rate (£15,009 p.a. for 2019/20).

Source of funding: STFC/Keele University

Eligibility Criteria
UK and EU nationals and legally permanent residents are eligible for full funding (tuition fees and stipend at UKRC rate).

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