New CDT in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials announced

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Researchers at the LCN at both UCL and Imperial College London have been awarded just over £4M from the EPSRC for a new Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (ACM).

Advanced Characterisation of Materials is fundamental to the development of new products and new materials; it has a pivotal role in key areas including energy, IT, healthcare, security and transport.

The growing need for the development of new materials and devices in these areas is a creating a great demand from industry for highly trained and highly competent Materials scientists. Advances in electronics, photovoltaics, corrosion, biomaterials, advanced ceramics, composites, advanced metal alloys for transport, membranes, nanotechnology, fullerenes and graphene depend on the detailed characterisation of the bulk, interfaces and surfaces of the constituent materials.

The CDT will be a joint partnership and will be led by Dr. Neil Curson from the LCN at UCL and Dr David McPhail from the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.

Students at the new centre will be provided with a four-year PhD training program to gain a broad range of expertise in Advanced Characterisation of Materials across many length and energy scales as well as with in-depth expertise in specialist areas of characterisation and share a unique research training experience.

This programme of study seeks candidates for October 2014 entry. You will have at least an upper second Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. Materials, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or Earth Sciences).  You will join our growing cohort of students, with twelve talented individuals in each year and a new intake every academic year. Research projects on offer are diverse and applicants are encouraged to discuss their research interests and possible research programs with the course organisers who may be contacted at

The CDT has four-year fully-funded EPSRC studentships available, covering both fees and a stipend. This funding stream normally requires you to be a European Union national who has been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to start of your CDT studentship. More information can be found on the CDT Website.