If you are a student looking for a PhD project, please see below for a description of my available positions. If you are interested and would like more details please contact me and I'd be happy to discuss.

For Post-Docs, I'm afraid I don't have funding available at present, however if you are competitive to apply for some of the individual post-doctoral fellowships available (for instance see here, and here) and are looking for a host, please contact me with a CV plus small statement of your interests and we can discuss what would make a good proposal to develop and submit.

PHD PROJECTS

Formation of charge density waves in 2D materials

The emergence of charge density waves (CDWs), a periodic distribution of charge density coupled with a symmetry-breaking distortion in the atomic lattice, in certain metal dichalcogenide 2D materials has generated renewed interest in this confined-dimensionality phenomenon. Despite having been investigated for several decades, the origin of the CDW phase transition remains somewhat controversial, in part due to the mechanism being dependent on the material. Greater understanding of this peculiar condensed matter phenomenon will not only be of academic interest, but may lend further insight into the mechanisms behind high temperature superconductivity.


The student will directly image the structural changes that candidate 2D metal dichalcogenides undergo during CDW phase changes, while simultaneously correlating with the I-V measured sample resistance. This will require combining a TEM-compatible 2D material device with in-situ temperature control, using a biasing cryo holder for cooling transitions, and a heating holder for heating transitions. The student will thus be able to directly image the phase transition while they simultaneously adjust its temperature.


The student will be aided by the advanced device fabrication, material synthesis, and TEM characterisation facilities available within the Department, and will be able to interact with experts in condensed matter phenomenon (experimental and theoretical), electron microscopy, and 2D material synthesis and device fabrication. 

Please also see the Department's own webpage for the latest advertised projects, as well as for details for how to apply, funding routes, and details of the Physics PhD programme.