Available student project - Using a unique Raman/nanoindentation tool to understand materials under pressure
- Materials Science and Engineering
This project aims to use a new in-situ Raman/nanoindentation system to study the mechanical behaviour of materials as a function of pressure during loading and unloading. The motivation for the work lies in the fact that many important materials such as silicon and carbon, undergo very interesting structural changes when extreme pressures are applied (ie using diamond anvil cells). Point loading using small diamond tips via nanoindentation also results in such changes. The latter approach has many advantages such as an ability to control the degree of shear and loading and unloading rates. By coupling the ability to locally apply pressure very precsily with an optical probe, it it hoped that a this new instrument will result in an exciting number of applications.
This project would suit a student who is keen to work in a material-based project. Should have a professional outlook, enjoy teamwork and process excellent communication skills as the student will be a key part of the ANU team.
This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
- 3rd year special project
- Honours project