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MSc Modules


Term 1 Modules (October - December)

CH976: Novel & Efficient Methods of Material Synthesis

DST Module 1 (Module Leader: Prof Paul May)

This is the first module of the 1-year MSc in Diamond Science & Technology. This module will underpin the later modules on Characterisation, Applications, etc, and will take place early in October. Although diamond is the focus, it will include details about the properties, deposition, fabrication and applications of a range of advanced modern materials, such as CNTs, cBN, GaN, ZnO, etc. The module has been broken down into small lecture components given by an expert in the field from one of the partner universities.

PX904: Properties & Characterisation of Materials

DST Module 2 (Module Leader: Dr Gavin Morley)

This module covers common physical properties of materials, as well as the experimental techniques used to measure them. The language of crystallography is introduced as attention will be focused on crystals such as diamond. X-ray diffraction is invaluable for characterizing a crystal's geometric structure and orientation.

PX905: Defects & Dopants

DST Module 3 (Prof Mark Newton)

This course covers the identification of intrinsic, defects, dopants and impurities in semiconductors and insulators with a specific focus on diamond. Once the different types of defects have been introduced it follows an approach whereby different characterisation techniques are introduced and the information which they reveal about the properties of defects/impurities are explained by reference to the measurements made on them.

CH977: Theory and Modelling of Materials

DST Module 4 (Prof Jon Goss)

In this module, students will be taken from the basic principles of bonding at the atomic scale, through molecular and crystalline systems, arriving at the macroscopic system in terms of elastic properties, implantation damage and electronic devices. Through a combination of theory presented in a lecture context and practical applications of computational simulation, the students will review the most commonly used theoretical approaches to modelling materials, and develop an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

PX906: Manufacturing the Future: Industrial Diamond

DST Module 5 (Prof. Richard Todd)

This module introduces the students to polycrystalline diamond (PCD) composites and related materials, high pressure-high temperature synthesis and the importance of defects. The machining characteristics of PCD will be discussed along with tool fabrication, machining trials, wear and failure mechanisms.

Term 2 Modules (January - March)

CH914: Electrochemistry and Sensors (Optional Module A)

DST Module 10a (Prof Julie Macpherson / Prof Pat Unwin)

This module is hosted by the Molecular Analytical Science CDT.

This module provides a grounding in the fundamentals of electrochemistry, electroanalytical techniques and sensor technology. The module encompasses potentiometric methods, voltammetric/amperometric techniques, microfluidic devices, lab-on-a-chip methods, and electronic noses and tongues.

PX908: Biomedical Optics & Applications (Optional Module B)

DST Module 10 (Dr Chris Dunsby)

Students will develop an understanding of biomedical optical imaging and spectroscopy and the potential biomedical applications of diamond. A variety of optical microscopy techniques are introduced including wide-field, confocal, fluorescence and advanced optical microscopy. Tissue optics (absorption, scattering, spectroscopy), imaging in biological tissue (OCT, multi-photon) and an overview of labels and probes for optical imaging will also be discussed.

CH978: Surfaces, Interfaces & Coatings

DST Module 6 (Prof Andy Evans)

The focus is on diamond surfaces, but the content is relevant for other structurally related materials such as Si, Ge, III-V, II-VI semiconductors and the surfaces of other semiconductors, insulators and metals. Students will gain a working knowledge of surface-specific characterisation methods widely applied in research and industrial laboratories for the characterisation of the structural, electronic and chemical properties of surfaces, interfaces and coatings.

CH979: Devices & Fabrication

DST Module 7 (Prof Oliver Williams)

This module aims to cover the basics of clean room technologies and device fabrication. The specifics of diamond processing will be addressed in context with silicon technologies. The operation of basic semiconductor devices will be explained.

PX907: Diamond Photonics & Quantum Devices

DST Module 8 (Prof. Jason Smith)

Students will achieve a basic grounding in the physics and application of diamond to photonics and quantum devices. They will learn about principles of operation; advantages and challenges of diamond; device design and manufacture. They will gain practical experience in optics and spintronics experiments, and in finite element modelling of relevant optical systems.

CH980: Applications of High Performance Materials (October - March)

DST Module 9 (Prof. Alan Kemp)

This module aims to promote an appreciation for the wider context of DST: the applications alternative materials, and competitor technologies. Students will be encouraged to collate and critically analyse a body of scientific work and practice presenting this information to a variety of audiences.