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The last ten years have witnessed major breakthroughs in the development of tomographic and imaging of materials and processes with X-rays and electrons. This has facilitated entirely new insight into the influence of microstructure on the properties of high-value products and their manufacturing, up to complexity levels of biological systems. The Grand Challenge for structural science and engineering with X-rays and electrons is the development of techniques that produce real-time images based on chemical contrast, utilising the chemical information contained in spectra excited by X-rays and electrons. Chemical contrast allows on one hand to identify features in microscopic images arising from differences in chemical composition. On the other, it makes it possible to visualise chemical variations invisible to standard microscopy.
Entry requirements: Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or a relevant discipline.
The three year scholarships are available on a competition basis to students who are commencing PhD study from October 2015.