Marin Alexe, Group Head
Hangbo Zhang, PhD 2018 - Present
My PhD project mainly focuses on the photovoltaic effect on asymmetric materials. I am currently working on the circular photovoltaic in BFO thin film, wherein the spin-orbit effect plays a crucial role.
I am quite interested in the thermodynamic calculation, simulation and modelling with Mathematica, MATLAB and COMSOL.
You can find more information about my research on this website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hangbo_Zhang
Sam Seddon, PhD 2018 - Present
I'm an EPSRC funded student working on the Domain Wall project. My day to day experimentation uses the Attocube Low Temperature AFM System, using MFM and PFM with the in-situ fields to probe coupled multiferroic order parameters in multiferroic systems. Investigations involve SrRuO3 , Fe3O4 and Fe7S8 as well as working in conjunction with the magnetism group at Warwick.
Daniela Dogaru, PhD 2017 - Present
My work focuses on investigating the electronic and magnetic structure of perovskite oxide thin films such as SrRuO3 or La1-xSrxMnO3 through charge transport experiments. In more practical terms, I grow thin films using the Pulsed Laser Deposition technique and build devices by photolithography that allow the analysis of their electro-magnetic properties; devices that are often based also on ferroelectrics such as BiFeO3 or PbTiO3. My PhD project thus explores new functionalities of oxide perovskite compounds such as interface-induced phenomena or formation of topological entities such as skyrmions.
Dorin Rusu, PhD 2017 - Present
Max Kissel, MSc 2021
During my master thesis I’m investigating the photoelectric properties of dislocations in oxide ceramics. My home university (TU Darmstadt) developed a process to plastically deform ceramics leading to controlled dislocation structures in the material. These dislocations and their arrangement influence the functional properties. I’m working with SrTiO3 and TiO2 single crystals and use C-AFM as well as simple devices build by photolithography to analyse their photoelectric properties.
Michael Crosbie, Group Technician