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Fabrication and Characterisation of Magnetocaloric Films

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  • Full or part time
    Dr N Morley
    Prof Allwood
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Magnetocaloric materials are materials which change their temperature when a magnetic field is applied, they are used in applications such as solid state refrigerants. As MEMS devices and systems become more extensive, the requirement for more efficient cooling will become more important. This project investigates the magnetic properties of Ni-Fe-Ga as a function of composition in thin films, with the aim to see whether they could be used as a solid-state cooler in MEMS. The films will be fabricated using a co-sputtering-evaporation technique, unique to Sheffield. The structure and magnetic properties will be characterised using a range of techniques including XRD, electron microscopy, magnetometry and temperature measurements.

Funding Notes

Candidates should be self-funded, sponsored, or applying for Scholarships. The University and the Faculty of Engineering award PhD scholarships for Home, EU, and International students on a competitive basis every year. The deadline for Faculty/University Scholarships is February each year - for more information see: www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/scholarships

Candidates should have or expect to gain a good Honours degree with 2i or above in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline.

If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.80

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