The physical properties of materials create new challenges for scientific understanding and form the basis for next-generation technologies. This PhD project is an exciting opportunity to study the electronic, magnetic, optical and thermal properties of new inorganic solids. The experimental project will focus on the measurement of these physical properties together with crystal growth, materials synthesis and advanced structural analysis (crystallography). For example, the measurement of materials with new crystal and electronic structures that lead to outstanding properties, such as the lowest thermal conductivity ever reported for an inorganic material [Gibson 2021]. The student will explore opportunities to create and understand similar performance across properties that underpin next-generation technologies such as information storage (new electronic and magnetic structures) and low-energy buildings (optical properties of correlated electronic materials).
You will work closely with a strong team of computational and experimental material chemists, participating in the selection of synthetic targets in a process that uses computational and machine learning methods together with chemical understanding. You will gain understanding of and be able to contribute to the development of how artificial intelligence methods developed in the team accelerate materials discovery \Vasylenko 2021, Collins 2021) at the University of Liverpool. You will obtain knowledge and experience in materials synthesis and crystallographic techniques, as well as develop skills in teamwork and scientific communication, working closely with computational and experimental researchers within the team. There are extensive opportunities to use synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering facilities.