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EPSRC Reference: GR/T28652/01
Title: A SQUID Magnetometer For The University Of Manchester
Principal Investigator: McInnes, Professor EJL
Other Investigators:
Brechin, Professor EK lloyd, Dr JR Flavell, Professor W
Winpenny, Professor RE O'Brien, Professor P Pattrick, Professor RA
Vaughan, Professor DJ Collison, Dr D Heath, Professor SL
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Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 July 2005 Ends: 30 June 2009 Value (£): 298,412
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Chemical Structure Magnetism/Magnetic Phenomena
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Magnetic materials are of fundamental importance across all scientific disciplines and in technological applications. The measurement of magnetic properties requires specialised kit, a super-conducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. This proposal is for the purchase of a SQUID to support interdisciplinary research across a number of areas in chemistry, physics, geology, biology and materials sciences at The University of Manchester into the function and production of new magnetic materials. The projects supported include: (i) the development of bottom up approaches to nanoscale magnetic materials based on molecules ( single molecule magnets ). These materials represent the limit of miniaturisation c magnetic storage media since one molecule can store one bit of information. Related materials are also being investigated as qubits in quantum computing applications. The applicants in Chemistry at Manchester are world-leaders in the preparation of such materials. (ii) Developing technologically important materials such as superconductors and GMR materials. The electronic structure of highly correlated transition metal perovskites can be tuned from insulating to semiconducting, metallic and even superconducting by subtle changes in chemical doping. Compositions held close to metal-insulator transitions are of particular interest, and result in GMR behaviour. The relationship between the electronic structure of these oxides and their resultant magnetic properties is poorly understood at present. (iii) The production of technologically important magnetic material such as nanoparticulate magnetite by microbial metal reduction of Fe(III) oxides in natural and engineered environments (e.g. landfills, ferric iron mine wastes). These nano-scale bioinorganic materials exhibit magnetic hysteresis behaviour and makes them promising materials for high density information storage.
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