The physics of glass - fundamental mechanisms and novel applications


Contact Dr. Johan Mattson to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The formation and behavior of glassy disordered non-equilibrium solids is one of the deepest unsolved fundamental questions in physics. Moreover, to better understand the physics of glassy materials is important for a wide range of technologies, for battery and other energy materials, pharmaceuticals, foods, paints and for our understanding of biological matter such as proteins and cells.  The fact that neither the microscopic mechanisms involved in glass formation nor the behaviour of the glassy state is well understood makes this a key problem both within the fundamental and applied sciences.

This project will focus on using advanced experimental techniques to investigate the physics of glass-formation, with a particular focus on the effects of molecular topology, the introduction of specific interactions such as hydrogen bonding and the molecular response to high pressures and mechanical deformations. The molecular structure and dynamics will be investigated using techniques including advanced light, x-ray and neutron scattering, dielectric relaxation spectroscopy and calorimetry.

You will work with Dr. Johan Mattsson in the Soft Matter Physics Group in the School of Physics & Astronomy in Leeds. You will work in an international dynamic research environment characterized by close collaborations between experimentalists and theorists and an inspiring mix of fundamental and applied research.
Importantly, the project will also include significant international collaborations with leading international research groups.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or both.

How to apply

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'The physics of glass - fundamental mechanisms and novel application' as well as Dr. Johan Mattson as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office