Epitaxial growth and physical characterisation of strongly correlated oxides by Pulsed Laser Deposition

Reference number: CCPR07


Strongly correlated oxide materials have provided a plethora of new functionalities such as colossal magnetoresistance in manganites and high Tc superconductor in cuprates and novel transparent conducting materials in metallic perovskites. Understanding and harnessing these functionalities requires to study fine details in their electronic structures. In this project you will prepare epitaxial heterostructures of complex oxide materials and by measuring electronic, magnetic and optical properties you will probe their electronic structures.

This project will use a state-of-the-art equipment such as a Pulsed Laser Deposition chamber equipped with in-situ characterisation to monitor the growth of the sample, high resolution x-ray diffraction and physical measurement using cryogenic temperature down to 2K and magnetic field up to 14T. The project will involve close collaboration with computational and experimental inorganic chemists to predict new materials to investigate and aid in the understanding of the properties of the new materials discovered in the bulk.

You will develop skills in thin film deposition, crystallography, physical property measurements, method development along with problem solving, team work and presentation skills. You will have the opportunity to work at international synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering facilities. Experimental work will be enabled by instrumentation that is already established and available within the participating research groups, together with world-class characterization and synthetic facilities available within the Materials Innovation Factory. Owing to the multi-faceted nature of this dynamic project, the student will work closely with computer scientists, inorganic chemists, physicists, engineers, and material scientists to discover new materials for a variety of applications.

Qualifications: Applications are welcomed from students with a 2:1 or higher master’s degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or Materials Science.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Troy Manning troy.manning@liverpool.ac.uk.

Please apply by completing the online postgraduate research application form here: How to apply for a PhD - University of Liverpool.  Please ensure you quote the following reference on your application: CCPR076. 


Open to students worldwide

Funding information

Funded studentship

Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to the EPSRC website http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/.

If this studentship is funded by the EPSRC DTP scheme and is offered for 3.5years in total. It provides full tuition fees and a stipend of approx. £17,668 (this is the rate from 01/10/2022) full time tax free per year for living costs. The stipend costs quoted are for students starting from 1st October 2022 and will rise slightly each year with inflation.

The funding for this studentship also comes with a budget for research and training expenses of £1000 per year, and for those that are eligible, a disabled students allowance to cover the costs of any additional support that is required.

Due to a change in UKRI policy, this is now available for Home, EU or international students to apply. However, please be aware there is a limit on the number of international students we can appoint to these studentships per year.



Stoner, JL, Murgatroyd, PAE, O'Sullivan, M, Dyer, MS , Manning, TD , Claridge, JB , Rosseinsky, MJ  and Alaria, J  (2019) Chemical Control of Correlated Metals as Transparent Conductors. Advanced Functional Materials, 29 (11). p. 1808609.

O'Sullivan, Marita, Hadermann, Joke, Dyer, Matthew S , Turner, Stuart, Alaria, Jonathan , Manning, Troy D , Abakumov, Artem M, Claridge, John B  and Rosseinsky, Matthew J  (2016) Interface control by chemical and dimensional matching in an oxide heterostructure. Nature Chemistry, 8 (4). pp. 347-353.