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EPSRC Reference: EP/T023449/1
Title: Thin film x-ray diffraction
Principal Investigator: Brown, Professor CTA
Other Investigators:
Wahl, Professor P Rost, Dr A W King, Professor PD
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Department: Office of the Principal
Organisation: University of St Andrews
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 29 November 2019 Ends: 28 May 2021 Value (£): 225,000
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Condensed Matter Physics
Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
05 Nov 2019 EPSRC Capital Award for Core Equipment Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Thin film materials offer new ways to tune functionality, but require specialist probes. The core equipment of a thin-film x-ray diffractometer (XRD) sought here will underpin a broad range of research into advanced materials. The thin film XRD system will be embedded within the Centre for Designer Quantum Materials, and will provide a new characterization tool to enable a broad spectrum of research including:

a) establishing structure property relations in designer heterostructures and thin films of a wide range of materials, underpinning the materials science, physics, and chemistry of advanced functional materials in single crystal and thin film form;

b) providing crucial underpinning characterization to develop new energy materials, platforms for next generation technologies, new systems for energy harvesting, and materials-based quantum technologies;

c) allowing an integrated approach to the design of new advanced and quantum materials through combined growth, structural and spectroscopic characterization facilities, creating a centre of excellence for designer advanced and quantum materials.

Access to the facility will be provided and managed through the Centre for Designer Quantum Materials, providing a single point of contact for our facilities, and ensuring that its capabilities are available to users from across St Andrews, Scotland, and beyond.

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