Studentships 2019 Entry
Industry Studentships with BCFN
We are now accepting applications for two industry focussed projects with details below. Each has it's own deadline and please make sure you read the details carefully before applying.
You will complete the first year of the BCFN PhD programme and at the extended project phase you will move on to this industry project.
You will need to meet the standard BCFN PhD programme entry requirments, be classed as a Home/EU student and attend an interview either in person at Bristol or via Skype. If you are submitting an application, please state which studentship you are interested in the studentship in your application.
Industry Studentship with a major radiation monitoring agency
We are now accepting applications to an industry focussed PhD - application deadline is Monday 15 July 2019 at 10:00.
PhD title: Encapsulated multilayer diamond wafers for enhanced neutron imaging
Project Summary & Objectives
The successful PhD candidate will investigate the use of diamond wafer composites as the basis of a novel fast neutron imaging detector material that improves upon existing resolution and sensitivity of radiation monitoring. You will conduct experiments, modelling, and simulations to investigate the growth of native and 13Cpolycrystalline diamond films. infused with H2 or D2 to increase the neutron interaction cross-section. These will work with scintillating materials infused with quantum dots to increase scintillator brightness. A supplementary line of investigation will also examine the use of T2 infused 13C diamond films as potential novel targets within accelerator-driven neutron generators. You will characterise the materials you develop using the University of Bristol’s world-leading analytical suite, including a number of instruments and techniques that are unique to our facilities.
The objectives are as follows:
- Development and growth of isotopic polycrystalline diamond wafers of increasing thickness and surface area, using both static- and closed-loop CVD.
- Development and validation of methods for infusion of diamond with H isotopes; determining gas solubility as a function of pressure and temperature. SIMS, NanoESCA and APT will be used to determine solubility for both CVD and Shock (H-free) diamond.
- Testing to determine H/D isotope retention and diffusional mixing as a function of low temperature thermal treatment.
- Examination of suitable quantum dot additives to scintillating plastics as a backing material for fast neutron imaging.