You will join an international team based in Grenoble (France), Bath (UK) and Corning (USA) that is working on the structure related properties of commercial glass and glass-ceramic materials. The aim of the PhD project is to combine neutron and x-ray scattering methods with related experimental and computational methods to identify and describe the structural role of titanium in (i) glass formation and (ii) nucleating crystal growth to make fine-grained glass ceramics. You will develop and implement the relevant methodology to disentangle the structural information gained from multiple techniques in order to develop predictive models of the material structure and properties. The results will provide underpinning fundamental information on glass-forming ability and on crystal nucleation. They will therefore contribute to the overall aim of uncovering the key factors and design rules for accelerating the creation of new glass and glass-ceramic materials with the desired characteristics.
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The successful candidate will be enrolled in the doctoral school of University of Bath and based full-time at the ILL and ESRF (Grenoble, France), other than a 3-month secondment at Corning Inc. in the USA. Additional visits totaling no more than 3 months may be made to the University of Bath when needed. Furthermore, a varied pedagogical training programme will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the 3-year PhD project.
More details on the InnovaXN programme on www.innovaxn.eu
InnovaXN is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme providing an opportunity for 40 industrial companies to work with 40 PhD students, performing advanced research and exploiting the unique characterisation techniques of the ESRF and ILL. Through collaborations with industry, innovation will be the central theme of the programme. This will provide a unique cross academic-industry science setting, secondment opportunities and society-relevant research, training the future key researchers able to tackle major research and societal challenges.