PhD project

Characterization of Technologically Relevant Point Defects in Piezoelectric Oxide Materials

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Application deadline

30 June 2024

About the project

Oxide materials with a perovskite, or related, structure remain of primary importance as piezoelectric materials. They are used in applications ranging from medical ultrasound transducers to fuel injectors for diesel engines. The piezoelectric materials are often engineered with the aim of optimizing the point defect content, as these can control relevant material properties. However, the direct detection and identification of point defects is not normally possible with conventional materials characterization methods. This project will use specialized point defect spectroscopy methods such as positron annihilation spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to detect and identify point defects in model and technological piezoelectric materials.

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Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.

How to apply

  1. Email Professor David Keeble ( to:
    • send a copy of your CV
    • discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date)
  2. After discussion with Professor Keeble, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Physics.
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