Research objectives and content
In recent years there has been a significant effort to design and synthesize molecular materials. These materials exhibit surprising and technologically significant magnetic properties. A molecular magnetic material can have many advantages: it may be soluble in organic solvents, easily processed, biocompatible and its magnetic properties could conceivably be finetuned using well established chemical techniques. The main aim of the research to study a number of highly interesting and innovative molecular materials and polymers, mainly with the Muon-Spin-Rotation method, which gives information complementary to more conventional methods.
The expected outcome is a comprehensive contribution to the
characterisation of promising organic magnets and polymers, comparison with theoretical prediction and detailed feedback on desirable structures of new materials. Hence the information obtained will aid the future design of materials with tailor-made magnetic (eg. organic soft magnets) and electrical (eg. polymeric diodes) properties.
Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
The research will be carried out in the framework of a Ph.D. training programme at Oxford University. I will be trained with the whole spectrum of muon research techniques and some complementary methods; this will allow- me to do independent research. The results of the research will be published in major scientific journals.
Links with industry / industrial relevance (22)
The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides me with an industrial scholarship (part of my maintenance costs are being paid), and collaboration with this laboratory will be an integral part of the research.