I completed a Master of Physics (MPhys) degree at Lancaster University in 2012. Currently I am researching low dimensional magnets under the supervision of Dr Paul Goddard.
My interests lie in exploring the magnetic characteristics of a type of material called coordination polymers, which are self-organising materials consisting of metal ions linked via molecular ligands which mediate the exchange between ions.
This project aims to determine if it is possible to control the building blocks of magnetic materials and therefore design bespoke magnetic systems. Coordination polymers are interesting as the form of the final product can be engineered by choosing different starting components. A whole range of materials can therefore be created that have low exchange constants that can be studied using magnetic fields.
The project involves determining the key properties of magnetic materials using ESR, x-ray and neutron scattering, and in particular, high magnetic fields to take magnetisation and susceptibility measurements. This can then be related to the structure of the material. Also, with the application of hydrostatic pressure, one can tune the lattice constants and assess the magnetic response. These measurements will be used to gauge the suitability of the materials as realisations of model quantum magnetic systems and thereby check the validity of theoretical predictions of quantum theories of magnetism.
Probes of Condensed Matter Part I.
Magnetic Resonance Hardware.
I am currently teaching a 1st year physics problems class.
Department of Physics
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
Telephone +44 (0)24 76574207
E-Mail W dot J dot A dot Blackmore at warwick dot ac dot uk