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Synthesis and characterisation of functional inorganic materials

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

We have a vacancy for a PhD student to work on the synthesis and characterisation of new oxide or fluoride ferroelectrics and multiferroics. The work will involve synthetic solid state chemistry, crystallographic characterisation using X-ray and neutron diffraction and related techniques, and measurements of physical properties. The emphasis of our work is on understanding chemistry-structure-property relationships, leading to the design of improved materials for a variety of applications.
Students interested in undertaking a PhD in this research area should register their interest as soon as possible. Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Philip Lightfoot ().

Potential applicants are welcome to arrange to visit St Andrews at any time and there will be a chemistry postgraduate open day in St Andrews on the Friday 12th February 2015.
Please see:http://ch-www.st-andrews.ac.uk/PGadmissions.html for the application procedure or e-mail for more information.


The ferroelectric – paraelectric transition in BiFeO3: crystal structure of the orthorhombicbeta-phase, D. C. Arnold, K. S. Knight, F. D. Morrison and P. Lightfoot, Phys. Rev. Lett., 102, 027602 (2009).

An ionothermally-prepared S = ½ vanadium oxyfluoride kagome lattice, F. H. Aidoudi, D. W. Aldous, R. J. Goff, A. M. Z. Slawin, J. P. Attfield, R. E. Morris and P. Lightfoot, Nature Chemistry, 3, 801-806 (2011).

How good is research at University of St Andrews in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Edinburgh)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 37.30

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