This project will support the development of DTEM (dynamic TEM) for improved understanding a range of technologically important materials such as batteries, zeolites, sensors and pharmaceutical materials. DTEM is a cutting edge technique using laser pulses to form short time duration electron bunches which can yield spatial and temporal information on the nm and ns scales. The project will be based at the University of Oxford and ultimately at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Harwell where a novel pulsed source instrument is being constructed. The study of dynamic non equilibrium processes will form a central part of the project and a number of commercial areas will be studied as exemplar projects.
The project may also involve the development of compressive sensing as an alternative route to increased time resolution.
This project would suit a student with a background in physics, materials science or chemistry with a strong interest in developing new methods (and possibly instrumentation) for materials characterisation.