Materials and Physics
Welcome to the website of the Materials and Physics research group!
You can read more about our current research areas below:
• Functional chemical vapour deposition
• Nonlinear photonics and materials
• Liquids and supercritical fluids
The following postgraduate research degree courses are available:
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 3 years full time / 5 years part time. Assessment is by submission of a thesis and an oral viva, conducted by an internal and external examiner, as well as an independent chair.
Master of Research (M.Res.) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) 1 year full time / 2 years part time. Assessment is by submission of a thesis, which will be scrutinized by an internal and external examiner. An oral viva may be held, at the discretion of the examiners. Both these courses are masters-level qualifications (level 7). The M.Phil. is a slightly higher qualification, with a longer word limit for the thesis (50,000 words as opposed to 40,000).
Fees and funding
Information on tuition fees at the University of Salford can be found here. It may also be necessary to pay bench fees, or apply to the university’s postgraduate research small project fund, to purchase laboratory consumables and equipment for your work. Please discuss this with your prospective supervisor before making your application.
There are various funding options that you may be able to apply for: University of Salford donor-funded scholarships and bursaries, University of Salford international scholarships, Institute of Physics scholarships, British Council international scholarships.
How do I apply?
Applications can be accepted for start dates in January, April, July and October. If you would like to apply have a look at our research areas and projects listed above, and decide what interests you. If you have your own idea for a project that is not obviously related to the research areas above, we may still be able to accept your application! Get in touch (email@example.com) with a brief description of what you want to do, and I will put you in touch with any staff who are able to supervise your project. You can then discuss with your prospective supervisor what course you want to do, and whether the course (duration of study) is appropriate for the proposed project. Once you have made a final decision what you would like to apply for, you can apply online here. We are also able to co-supervise students with academic staff in chemistry, acoustics, health and life sciences where appropriate.
We are equipped with a range of facilities for modern materials physics research, the principal laboratories are listed below.
Salford analytical services (electron microscopy, NMR, lab XRD)
Group publications January 2021 to date:
- J.E. Proctor, J.E. Spender and H.T. Gould, Phase Diagram of Ethane above 300 K, J. Phys. Chem. C (accepted, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.2c00875
- J.M. Christian, Newton-Raphson with a twist: Uncertainty and fractal basin boundaries, Mathematics Today (accepted, 2022).
- S. Anzellini, D. Errandonea, L. Burakovsky, J.E. Proctor and C.M. Beavers, Characterization of the high-pressure and high-temperature phase diagram and equation of state of chromium, Sci. Rep. 12, 6727 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-10523-2
- MA Hughes, R McMaster, JE Proctor, DW Hewak, T Suzuki, Y Ohishi, High pressure photoluminescence of bismuth-doped yttria-alumina-silica glass, High Pressure Research 42, 94 (2022) https://doi.org/10.1080/08957959.2022.2044031
- H. Jia, R. Yang, Q. Guo, and J.M. Christian, “The effect of coherent coupling nonlinearity on modulation instability and rogue wave excitation,” Commun. Nonlinear Sci. Numer. Simul. 108, 106246 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cnsns.2021.106246
- J. Gou, T.H. Shen, P. Bao, J.L. Ramos Angulo and S.D. Evans, “A Stokes polarimetric light microscopy view of liquid crystal droplets”, Sci. Rep. 11, 16329 (2021). https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-95674-4
- M.A. Hughes, N.A. Panjwani, M. Urdampilleta, N. Theodoropoulou, I. Wisby, K.P. Homewood, B. Murdin, T. Lindström and J.D. Carey, “Coupling of Erbium-implanted Silicon to a Superconducting Resonator”, Phys. Rev. Applied 16, 034006 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.16.034006
- J.M. Christian, “Chaos, unpredictability and fractals in polygon scattering problems”, Mathematics Today, volume 57, issue 4, pp. 146–150 (August 2021).
- C.G. Pruteanu, J.E. Proctor, O.L.G. Alderman and J.S. Loveday, “Structural markers of the Frenkel line in the proximity of Widom lines”, J. Phys. Chem. B 125, 8902 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c04690
- M.A. Hughes, N.A. Panjwani, M. Urdampilleta, K.P. Homewood, B. Murdin and J.D. Carey, “Spin echo from Erbium implanted silicon”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 118, 194001 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0046904
- S.-K. Ming, R.A. Taylor, P.D. McNaughter, D.J. Lewis, M.A. Leontiadou and P. O’Brien, “Tunable structural and optical properties of CuInS2 colloidal quantum dots as photovoltaic absorbers”, RSC Adv. 11, 21351 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1039/D1RA03659A
- Y. Zhou, Y. Dang, K. Wang, W. Zhao, C. Zhang, Y. Jiao, X. Feng, G. Wang and T.H. Shen, “A Stable NanoPAA-ZnO/ZnCl2 Composite with Variable 3D Structured Morphology and Superhydrophobicity”, Langmuir 37, 5457 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c03257
- Y.W. Sun, D.G. Papageorgiou, C.J. Humphreys, D.J. Dunstan, P. Puech, J.E. Proctor, C. Bousige, D. Machon and A. San Miguel, “Mechanical Properties of Graphene”, Appl. Phys. Rev. 8, 021310 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0040578
Our participation in Athena Swan and Juno
The Athena Swan Charter is a programme established by Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) to advance gender equality within higher education and research. We are part of the University of Salford School of Science, Engineering & Environment, which holds the Athena Swan Bronze award. We have also been awarded Practitioner status in the UK Institute of Physics Project Juno, working to address gender equality in physics.
We are available for a wide range of outreach activities, both face-to-face and online, and are experienced at school visits, evening lectures, science festivals etc. In the laboratory, we have practical demonstrations such as measuring the speed of light, viewing materials at high pressure inside a diamond anvil cell, that are portable and can be taken to your science festival, sixth form college or wherever. So, if you are interested in working with us on any public engagement / outreach activity please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of Research Group (Materials & Physics)
Dr. John Proctor