Exploratory Materials Synthesis & Characterization Group

University of Central Lancashire

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Leighton Building, LE307

Tel.: +44 (0) 1772 89 3262

E-mail: MGamza@uclan.ac.uk



Positions that are currently available

  • PhD projects:

    • “Theory-assisted search for novel itinerant magnets”
    • “Structural instabilities and quantum order in strongly correlated electron systems”
  • MSc by Research projects:

    • “Synthesis and characterization of novel MAX phases”
    • “First-principles study on mechanical and electronic properties of novel MAX phases”
  • Internships:

    • Software Engineer (Intern)
      • We are seeking an enthusiastic UCLAN graduate for software design, coding and debugging. The project is scheduled to start in November and continue for 15 weeks.
    • Research Assistant (Intern)
  • For details on the projects or application procedures please contact Dr Monika Gamza: MGamza@uclan.ac.uk

Recent news

  • Manuscript entitled "Field-induced double dome and Bose-Einstein condensation in the crossing quantum spin chain system AgVOAsO4" published in Physical Review B
    • F. Weickert, A.A. Aczel, M.B. Stone, V.O. Garlea, C. Dong, Y. Kohama, R. Movshovich, A. Demuer, N. Harrison, M. Gamża, A. Steppke, M. Brando, H. Rosner, and A.A. Tsirlin
  • Ben Nichols and Kasim Ali enter MSc by Research programme
  • Manuscript entitled: „Complex magnetic phase diagram of metamagnetic MnPtSi" published in Physical Review B
    • M.B. Gamża, W. Schnelle, S.-V. Ackerbauer, A. Leithe-Jasper, H. Rosner, and Yu. Grin
  • Ben Nichols graduates with 1st class BSc honours degree - congratulations!
  • Monika Gamza gives an Invited talk at the CMQM 2019 conference in St Andrews, 3-5 July 2019
  • Manuscript entitled "Novel Hydrothermal Synthesis of Pure and Doped Ammonium and Potassium Titanyl Phosphates using a Green Heterogeneous Reaction" is available on ChemRxiv
    • A.F. Holdsworth, M.B. Gamża, H. Eccles and G. Bond
  • Dry cryostat for physical properties measurements at temperatures of 4-350 K arrives at UCLAN
  • Poster presented at the Frontiers in CMP 2019 meeting in Bristol, UK (10 - 11 January 2019)
    • „MnPtSi: a metallic metamagnet with strong magnetoelastic interactions”
  • Manuscript entitled "Composition dependence of bulk superconductivity in YFe2Ge2" published in Physical Review B: Rapid Communications
    • J. Chen, M. Gamża, K. Semeniuk, and F.M. Grosche
  • 14.12.2018 - Invited talk for Correlated Electron Systems Group at the University of Bristol
    • „Large non-saturating magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8
  • Higher Education Infrastructure Fund bid was successful!
    • „Low temperature system for routine physical properties measurements and to support development of advanced experimental techniques”
  • 04.10.2018 - Monika Gamza achieves the status of a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Manuscript entitled "Composition dependence of bulk superconductivity in YFe2Ge2" is available on arXiv
    • J. Chen, M. Gamża, K. Semeniuk, and F.M. Grosche
  • September 2018 - Monika Gamza has been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Connor Gregory graduates with 2:1 BSc honours degree - congratulations!
  • Conor Moorefield receives 1st class mark for the BSc(Hons) project - congratulations!
  • Manuscript entitled "Local magnetism in MnSiPt rules the chemical bond" published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 7706 (2018)
  • Beamtime on Extreme Conditions beamline I15 of the DLS (4-7 May 2018)
    • „High-pressure structure studies of Cd3As2.”
  • Talk at the SCTE 2018 Conference in Vienna, Austria (25-29 March 2018)
    • „Large positive magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8
  • Talk entitled „Crystals – so much more than meets the eye” for A-leves students from Cardinal Newman College in Preston, 31.01.2018
  • Poster presented at the SCES Conference in Prague, UK (17 - 21 July 2017)
    • „Coexistence of magnetic order and valence fluctuations in a Kondo lattice system Ce2Rh3Sn5
  • Proposal submitted for beamtime on DLS
    • "Symmetry broken phases and volume collapse in the Mott insulator NiS2"
  • Talk at the TEMM2017 Meeting in Abingdon, UK (4 July 2017)
    • „Coexistence of magnetic order and valence fluctuations in a Kondo lattice system Ce2Rh3Sn5
  • Seed Corn Funding for Early Stage Researchers bid was successful (01.04.2017 - 31.07.2017)
    • „Theory-assisted search for novel itinerant magnets.”
  • Zachary Anderson graduates with 2:1 BSc honours degree - congratulations!
  • 2017 Learning and Teaching Development Grant was successful (01.04.2017 - 31.07.2017)
    • „Learning by creating - embedding modern teaching strategies into Third Year Physics Laboratory module.
  • Manuscript entitled: „Coexistence of magnetic order and valence fluctuations in a Kondo lattice system Ce2Rh3Sn5" accepted as a regular article in Physical Review B
    • M.B. Gamża, R. Gumeniuk, U. Burkhardt, W. Schnelle, H. Rosner, A. Leithe-Jasper, and A. Ślebarski
  • 21.02.2017 - Monika Gamza achieves the status of an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Talk entitled „Crystals – so much more than meets the eye” for A-leves students from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, St Wilfrid's Church of England Academy and St. Mary's College in Blackburn, 1.12.2016
  • 25.11.2016 - Invited talk for Condensed Matter Group at the University of Birmingham
    • „Large non-saturating magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8
  • Contributed talk at the RAMS 2016 Meeting in Lancaster, UK (22 September 2016)
    • „Large positive magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8
  • Abdussalam Amheisen graduates with 2:1 for the MSc project - congratulations!
  • Conor Moorfield (URIS Intern) and Matthew Malarkey (A-level student supported by Nuffield Foundation) successfully design, create and test a software module for electrical resistivity and Hall effect measurements as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field - excellent work!
  • Proposal for beamtime on I15-1 of DLS has been approved
    • "Local structure analysis of unconventional skutterudite-related superconductors, La3+xRh4Sn13-x (0 <= x < 0.65)"
  • Arc-melter MAM-1 with high vacuum system is fully operational
  • Ronan Smith (A-level student supported by Nuffield Foundation) successfully completes a software module for computational structure optimization using FPLO code (cubic systems) - well done!
  • Double workstation 4-port glove box with T-antechamber and integrated freezer has been successfully installed in JBF303
  • Jake Reilly (URIS intern) sets up and tests new experiments for 3rd Year Physics Laboratory
  • Manuscript entitled: „Experimental Determination of the Fermi Surface of Sr3Ir4Sn13" published as a regular article in Physical Review B 93 235121 (2016) (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.235121)
    • X. Chen, S.K. Goh, D.A. Tompsett, W.C. Yu, L. Klintberg, S. Friedemann, H.E. Tan, J. Yang, B. Chen, M. Imai, K. Yoshimura, M.B. Gamża, F.M. Grosche, M.L. Sutherland
  • Sealing station with H-O torch is up and running - the first flux crystal growths at UCLAN are placed in a furnace!
  • Article entitled: „Large Fermi Surface of Heavy Electrons at the Border of Mott Insulating State in NiS2 published in Scientific Reports 6 25335 (2016) (DOI: 10.1038/srep25335)
    • S. Friedemann, H. Chang, M.B. Gamża, P. Reiss, X. Chen, P. Alireza, W.A. Coniglio, D. Graf, S. Tozer, F.M. Grosche
  • Jake Reilly graduates with First-class BSc honours degree, with the project mark of 84% - congratulations!
  • Tom Jordan receives 2:1 for the MPhys project - congratulations!
  • Contributed talk at the Magnetism 2016 conference in Sheffield, UK (4 April 2016)
    • „Coexistence of magnetic order and valence fluctuations in a novel Kondo lattice system Ce2Rh3Sn5
  • Manuscript entitled: „ Magnetic structure of Yb2Pt2Pb: Ising moments on the Shastry-Sutherland lattice" published as a regular article in Physical Review B 93 104419 (2016) (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.104419)
    • W. Miiller, L. S. Wu, M. S. Kim, T. Orvis, J. W. Simonson, M. Gamża, D. M. McNally, C. S. Nelson, G. Ehlers, A. Podlesnyak, J. S. Helton, Y. Zhao, Y. Qiu, J. R. D. Copley, J. W. Lynn, I. Zaliznyak, and M. C. Aronson
  • Contributed talk at the DPG (Spring Meeting) conference in Regensburg, Germany (9 March 2016)
    • „Coexistence of magnetic order and valence fluctuations in a novel Kondo lattice system Ce2Rh3Sn5
  • Research Grant awarded by the Royal Society (14.03.2016 - 13.03.2017)
    • „Large non-saturating magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor with highly tunable electronic properties, Ca3+xCo4Sn13-y
  • 24.02.2016 - Invited talk for Quantum Matter Group in Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
    • „Large non-saturating magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8
  • 04.02.2016 - Postgraduate Lecture at UCLAN
    • „Kondo effect and valence fluctuations in Ce-based intermetallics.”
  • 02.02.2016 - Postgraduate Lecture at UCLAN
    • „Synthesis, structural, thermodynamic and transport properties of novel correlated electron systems.”
  • Article entitled: „Large Fermi Surface of Heavy Electrons at the Border of Mott Insulating State in NiS2" submitted and on arXiv
    • S. Friedemann, H. Chang, M.B. Gamża, P. Reiss, X. Chen, P. Alireza, W.A. Coniglio, D. Graf, S. Tozer, F.M. Grosche
  • Talk entitled „Crystals – so much more than meets the eye” in Cardinal Newman College, 25.11.2015
  • UCLan Open Day (14.11.2015)
    • talk entitled „Novel materials of fundamental interest and for technological applications”
    • Cloud Chamber experiment
  • Bid submitted for the University Equippment Fund together with Dr Sergey Zlatogorsky
    • „Controlled atmosphere synthesis kit to support Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching, Learning and Research”
  • Article entitled: „An itinerant antiferromagnetic metal without magnetic constituents” published in Nature Communications
    • Svanidze, E, Wang, J. K, Besara, T, Liu, L, Huang, Q, Siegrist, T, Frandsen, B, Lynn, J. W, Nevidomskyy, A. H, Gamza, M, Aronson, M. C, Uemura, Y and Morosan, E, Nature Communications 6, 7701 (2015)

Facilities and Equipment

  • Arc-melter MAM-1 - MB325
    • a high-vacuum system
    • a suction casting option
  • Dry cryostat for physical properties measurements at temperatures between 4 K and 350 K - MB325
  • Programmable heavy-duty furnace working at temperatures up to 1300°C - MB325
  • Programmable furnace working at temperatures up to 1650°C - MB325
  • Double workstation 4-port glove box with T-antechamber and integrated freezer for working with air- and moisture-sensitive materials - JBF303
  • Setup for crystal growth using flux method – MB325
    • sealing station with a H-O torch and a vacuum system
    • high temperature centrifuge
  • Low temperature Faraday-type magnetometer – MB326
    • a continuous flow cryostat
  • Computational server for electronic band structure calculations
  • Licences for the following codes:

Scanning Electron Microscope

Sealing station with H-O torch

Arc melter MAM-1

  • The group is also using instruments available in Analytical Chemistry Suit, including:
    • Scanning Electron Microscope SEM Quanta 200 (FEI) with an EDX microprobe
    • X-ray powder diffractometer Bruker D2 Phaser
    • ICP-OES
    • ICP-MS
    • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
    • NMR with solids probes
    • Multi-wavelength Raman Spectrometer

X-ray powder diffractometer

Faraday magnetometer

Programmable heavy-duty furnace

Programmable furnace (1650°C)

Glove Box

Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

ICP-MS System

Hydraulic press

Optical microscopes

Ultrasonic Cleaner

Analytical balances

Main collaborators

Research Students

    • Ben Stephen Nichols: MSc by Research project
      • “Synthesis and characterization of novel MAX phases.”
        Director of study: Dr Monika Gamża
    • Kasim Ali: MSc by Research project
      • “Synthesis and characterization of unconventional semiconductors.”
        Director of study: Dr Monika Gamża
  • Undergraduate project students
    • Robert O'Rawe: MChem project in Chemistry (second supervisor)
      • "Preparation of metal-imidazole-2-thione complexes and studies of their magnetic behaviour."
        Director of study: Dr Sergey Zlatogorsky
    • Benjamin Harrison-Bush: MChem project in Chemistry (second supervisor)
      • "Metal complexes with imidazole-2-thiones as new magnetic materials."
        Director of study: Dr Sergey Zlatogorsky
  • Alumni
    • Rafal Mariusz Sobol: BSc (Hons) project in Physics
    • Conor Thomas Moorefield: BSc (Hons) project in Physics
    • Connor Lewis Gregory: BSc (Hons) project in Physics
    • James Gibson: BSc (Hons) project in Chemistry
    • Artiom Miloserdov: BSc (Hons) project in Physics
    • Lukas Jancevic: BSc (Hons) project in Physics
    • Zachary Thomas Anderson: BSc (Hons) project in Chemistry
    • Tom Jordan: MPhys project
    • Jake Reilly: BSc (Hons) project in Physics
    • Ellen Victoria Camm: BSc (Hons) project in Physics
    • Abdussalam Amheisen: MSc project in Instrumental Analysis

Internships and Research Placements

  • Shahriar Amin (St Mary's College)
  • Samiya Kayani (Salford City College)
  • Rhiannon Stones (Runshaw College)
  • Robert Bridge (Winstanley College)
  • Jake Reilly (UCLAN)
  • Matthew Malarkey (Runshaw College)
  • Ronan Oliver Smith (Clitheroe Royal Grammar School)
  • Conor Moorfield (UCLAN)
  • Kirsty Brocklehurst (University of Cambridge)
  • Grace Carpenter (Blackpool Sixth Form College)
  • Heeba Toheed (Westholme Sixth Form)

Ronan Oliver Smith, summer 2016

Jake Reilly, summer 2016

Kirsty Brocklehurst, summer 2015

Grace Carpenter, summer 2015


Matthew Malarkey, summer 2016

Publications:

  • Manuscript entitled "Field-induced double dome and Bose-Einstein condensation in the crossing quantum spin chain system AgVOAsO4" accepted as a regular article in Physical Review B and available on arXiv
    • F. Weickert, A.A. Aczel, M.B. Stone, V.O. Garlea, C. Dong, Y. Kohama, R. Movshovich, A. Demuer, N. Harrison, M. Gamża, A. Steppke, M. Brando, H. Rosner, and A.A. Tsirlin
  • Manuscript entitled "Novel Hydrothermal Synthesis of Pure and Doped Ammonium and Potassium Titanyl Phosphates using a Green Heterogeneous Reaction" is available on ChemRxiv
    • A.F. Holdsworth, M.B. Gamża, H. Eccles and G. Bond
  • M.B. Gamża, W. Schnelle, S.-V. Ackerbauer, A. Leithe-Jasper, H. Rosner, and Yu. Grin, Physical Review B 100, 014423 (2019)
  • J. Chen, M. Gamża, K. Semeniuk, and F.M. Grosche, Physical Review B 99, 020501(R) (2019)
  • H. Rosner, A. Leithe-Jasper, W. Carrillo-Cabrera, W. Schnelle, S.-V. Ackerbauer, M. Gamża, and Yu. Grin, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 7706(2018)
  • M. Gamża, R. Gumeniuk, U. Burkhardt, W. Schnelle, H. Rosner, A. Leithe-Jasper, and A. Ślebarski, Physical Review B 95 165142 (2017)
  • X. Chen, S.K. Goh, D.A. Tompsett, W.C. Yu, L. Klintberg, S. Friedemann, H.E. Tan, J. Yang, B. Chen, M. Imai, K. Yoshimura, M.B. Gamża, F.M. Grosche, and M.L. Sutherland, Physical Review B 93 235121 (2016)
  • S. Friedemann, H. Chang, M.B. Gamża, P. Reiss, X. Chen, P. Alireza, W.A. Coniglio, D. Graf, S. Tozer, and F.M. Grosche, Scientific Reports 6 25335 (2016)
  • W. Miiller, L. S. Wu, M. S. Kim, T. Orvis, J. W. Simonson, M. Gamża, D. M. McNally, C. S. Nelson, G. Ehlers, A. Podlesnyak, J. S. Helton, Y. Zhao, Y. Qiu, J. R. D. Copley, J. W. Lynn, I. Zaliznyak, and M. C. Aronson, Physical Review B 93 104419 (2016)
  • E. Svanidze, J. K. Wang, T. Besara, L. Liu, Q. Huang, T. Siegrist, B. Frandsen, J. W. Lynn, A. H. Nevidomskyy, M. Gamża, M. C. Aronson, Y. Uemura and E. Morosan, Nature Communications 6,7701 (2015)
    • “An itinerant antiferromagnetic metal without magnetic constituents”
  • M. Gamża, J. Tomczak, C. Brown, A. Puri, G. Kotliar, M. Aronson, Physical Review B 89, 195102 (2014)
    • “Electronic correlations in FeGa3 and the effect of hole doping on its magnetic properties”
  • S.-V. Ackerbauer, E. Bischoff, H. Bormann, U. Burchardt, A. Senyszyn, M. Gamża, A. Leithe-Jasper, A. Ormeci, R. Gumeniuk, R. Ramlau, H. Rosner, W. Schnelle, J.C. Schuster, F. Weitzer, L.H. Tjeng, and Yu. Grin, Chemistry-A European Journal, 18(20): 6272 (2012)
    • „Structural transformation with negative volume expansion: Chemical bonding and physical behaviour of TiGePt”
  • J. Gegner, M. Gamża, S.-V. Ackerbauer, N. Hellmann, Z. Hu, H.-H. Hsieh, H.-J. Lin, C.T. Chen, A. Leithe-Jasper, H. Rosner, Yu. Grin, and L. H. Tjeng, Physical Review B 85, 235106 (2012)
    • „Insulator-metal transition in TiPtGe: a combined photoelectron spectroscopy and band structure study”
  • S.-V. Ackerbauer, M. Gamża, H. Rosner, W. Carrillo-Cabrera, W. Schnelle, A. Senyshyn, A. Leithe-Jasper, Y. Grin, Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie 638, 1638 (2012)
    • „Chemical and physical properties of MnPtSi”
  • M. Gamża, R. Gumeniuk, W. Schnelle, A. Ślebarski, H. Rosner, Yu. Grin, and U. Burkhardt, HASYLAB Annual Report (2011)
    • „Valence of cerium ions in selected ternary compounds from the system Ce-Rh-Sn”
  • S.-V. Ackerbauer, E. Bischoff, H. Borrmann, U. Burkhardt, M. Gamża, J. Gegner, R. Gumeniuk, Z. Hu, A. Leithe-Jasper, A. Ormeci, R. Ramlau, H. Rosner, W. Schnelle, A. Senyszyn, J. C. Schuster, F. Weitzer, L. H. Tjeng, and Y. Grin, Scientific Report of MPI CPfS, (2011)
    • “An Unusual Insulator-Metal Transition in the Intermetallic Compound TiGePt”
  • M. Gamża, A. Ślebarski, H. Rosner, European Physical Journal B 67, 483 (2009)
    • “Electronic structure of CeRhX (X=Sn, In)”
  • M. Gamża, W. Schnelle, R. Gumeniuk, Yu. Prots, A. Ślebarski, H. Rosner, Yu. Grin, Journal of Physics: Condens. Matt. 21, 325601 (2009)
    • “Electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of CeRh2Sn4 and LaRh2Sn4
  • M. Gamża, W. Schnelle, A. Ślebarski, U. Burkhardt, R. Gumeniuk, H. Rosner, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 20, 395208 (2008)
    • “Electronic structure and thermo- dynamic properties of Ce3Rh4Sn13 and La3Rh4Sn13
  • V.H. Tran, M. Gamża, A. Ślebarski, W. Miiller, J. Jarmulska, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 45, 457 (2008)
    • “Magnetism of the series of intermetallic Ce5CuM3 compounds, where M = Sn, Pb and Bi”
  • M. Gamża, A. Ślebarski, H. Rosner, European Physical Journal B 63, 1 (2008)
    • “Electronic structure of Ce5Rh4Sn10 from XPS and band structure calculations”
  • M. Gamża, A. Ślebarski, H. Rosner, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 20, 025201 (2008)
    • “Electronic structure of CeRhSn2 and LaRhSn2 from X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and band structure calculations”
  • M. Gamża, A. Ślebarski, J. Deniszczyk, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 20, 115202 (2008)
    • “Electronic structure of CenMmIn2m+3n, where n = 1, 2; m = 0, 1; M = Co, Rh or Ir: experiment and calculations.”
  • V.H. Tran, M. Gamża, A. Ślebarski, J. Jarmulska, W. Miiller, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 180, 2756 (2007)
    • “Electronic structure and magnetic properties of Ce5CuPb3
  • V. H. Tran, M. Gamża, A. Ślebarski, J. Jarmulska, Philosophical Magazine 87, 5089 (2007)
    • “Magnetism and electronic structure of the intermetallic compound Ce5CuBi3
  • M. Gamża, W. Schnelle, A. Ślebarski, H. Rosner, Materials Science-Poland 25, 269 (2007)
    • “Electronic structure of CeRh2Sn4
  • A. Ślebarski, J. Spałek, M. Gamża, A. Hackemer, Physical Review B 73, 205115 (2006)
    • "Nonuniversality of the non-Fermi-liquid state in CeRhSb1-xSnx compounds on the Sn-rich side"
  • M. Gamża, A. Ślebarski, J. Deniszczyk, Materials Science-Poland 24, 569 (2006)
    • "Electronic structure of CeRhIn5 and CeIrIn5"
  • A. Ślebarski, K. Szot, M. Gamża, H.J. Penkalla, U. Breuer, Physical Review B 72, 85443 (2005)
    • "Influence of grain boundary defects on the electric transport behavior in CeRhSn with non-Fermi liquid ground state"

Presentations at Conferences & Seminars:

  • Condensed Matter and Quantum Materials 2019, 3-5 July 2019, St Andrews, UK
  • Frontiers in CMP 2019, 10-11 January 2019, Bristol, UK
    • „MnPtSi: a metallic metamagnet with strong magnetoelastic interactions”, poster presentation
  • Invited talk for Correlated Electron Systems Group at the University of Bristol, 14.12.2018
    • „Large non-saturating magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8
  • Solid Compounds of Transition Elements Conference (SCTE 2018), 25-29 March 2018, Vienna, Austria
    • „Large positive magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8”, contributed talk
  • Strongly Correlated Electron Systems Conference (SCES 2017), 17-21 July 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
    • „Coexistence of magnetic order and valence fluctuations in a Kondo lattice system Ce2Rh3Sn5”, poster presentation
  • Theoretical and Experimental Magnetism Meeting and UK-Korea workshop on strongly correlated electron systems and IOP Magnetism-TCM joint group symposium, 4-6 July 2017, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK
    • „Coexistence of magnetic order and valence fluctuations in a Kondo lattice system Ce2Rh3Sn5”, contributed talk
  • Invited talk for Condensed Matter Group at the University of Birmingham, 25.11.2016
    • „Large non-saturating magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8
  • Recent Appointees in Materials Science Conference, RAMS 2016, Lancaster, 22-23 Sept. 2016
    • „Large positive magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8”, contributed talk
  • Magnetism 2016 conference in Sheffield, UK (4 April 2016)
    • „Coexistence of magnetic order and valence fluctuations in a novel Kondo lattice system Ce2Rh3Sn5”, contributed talk
  • DPG (Spring Meeting) conference in Regensburg, Germany (9 March 2016)
    • „Coexistence of magnetic order and valence fluctuations in a novel Kondo lattice system Ce2Rh3Sn5”, contributed talk
  • Invited talk for Quantum Matter Group in Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 24.02.2016
    • „Large non-saturating magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor Ca3.2Co4Sn12.8
  • SR User Meeting 2015, 2-3 Sept. 2015
    • “Structural evolution of a Mott insulator NiS2 across the insulator-to-metal transition”, poster presentation
  • Recent Appointees in Materials Science Conference, RAMS 2015, Warwick, 16-17 Sept. 2015
    • “Relationship between crystal structure, electronic structure and superconductivity in the system La3+xRh4Sn13−x”, poster presentation
  • Condensed Matter Seminar at Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, UK, 28 February 2014
    • “Electronic correlations in the narrow gap semiconductor FeGa3”, talk
  • Strongly Correlated Electron Systems Conference (SCES 2014), 7-11 July 2014, Grenoble, France
    • “Pressure-driven magnetic instabilities and quantum criticality in single-crystalline Nb1−yFe2+y”, poster presentation
  • Theoretical and Experimental Magnetism Meeting (TEMM 2014), 2-3 July 2014, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK
    • “Pressure-driven magnetic instabilities and quantum criticality in single-crystalline Nb1−yFe2+y”, poster presentation
  • APS March Meeting 2013, 18-22 March 2013, Baltimore, MD, USA
    • “Effect of hole doping on magnetic properties of FeGa3”, contributed talk
  • “Young Researcher Symposium”, 30 November 2012, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY, USA
    • “FeGa3 – a strongly correlated insulator?”, poster presentation
  • APS March Meeting 2012, 27 February – 2 March 2012, Boston, MA, USA
    • “FeGa3 – a strongly correlated insulator?”, contributed talk
  • European Conference Physics of Magnetism 2011 (PM'11), June 27 - July 1 2011, Poznan, Poland
    • “Structural, magnetic and electronic properties of a new silicide MnPtSi”, contributed talk
  • Seminar of the chemical departments in the MPI CPFS (Monday Meeting), 18 April 2011, Dresden, Germany
    • „Structural, magnetic and electronic properties of the new silicide MnPtSi”, talk
  • "Research with Synchrotron Radiation and FELs" – HASYLAB user’s meeting 2011, 28 January 2011, Hamburg, Germany
    • “Structural, magnetic and electronic properties of a new silicide MnPtSi”, poster presentation
  • 75th Annual Meeting of the DPG and DPG Spring Meeting, 13 – 18 March 2011, Dresden, Germany
    • „Structural, magnetic and electronic properties of the new silicide MnPtSi”, contributed talk
  • Institute of Materials Science, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, 12 October 2010
    • „Relationship between crystal structure, electronic structure and ground state properties in the system Ce3+xRh4Sn13-x”, invited talk
  • DPG Spring Meeting, 21 – 26 March 2010, Regensburg, Germany
    • „Electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of Ce3+xRh4Sn13-x”, contributed talk
  • 3rd International Symposium on Structure-Property Relationship in Solid State Materials, 7 June – 2 July 2010, Stuttgart, Germany
    • “Relationship between crystal structure, electronic structure and ground state properties in the system Ce3+xRh4Sn13−x”, poster presentation
  • Hercules Specialized Course: “Synchrotron Radiation and Neutron for Extreme Conditions Studies” HSC12, 27 September - 2nd October 2010, Grenoble, France
    • “Electronic structure of CeRhX (X=In, Sn)”, poster presentation
  • 17th International Conference on Solid Compounds of Transition Elements SCTE2010, 5–10 September 2010, Annecy, France
    • “Electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of Ce2Rh3Sn5”, poster presentation
  • Workshop on Principles and Design of Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems, 2-13 August 2010, Trieste, Italy
    • “Relationship between crystal structure, electronic structure and ground state properties in the system Ce3+xRh4Sn13-x”, poster presentation
  • MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, 16 December 2009 (seminar of the group Band Structure)
    • „Electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of Ce3Rh4Sn13 and CeRh2Rh4: a joined theoretical and experimental study”, talk
  • DPG Spring Meeting, 22–27 March 2009, Dresden, Germany
    • „Electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of CeRh2Rh4”, contributed talk
  • European School on Magnetism 2009, 1-10 September 2009, Timisoara, Romania
    • “Electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of CeRh2Rh4”, poster presentation
  • Quantum Criticality and Novel Phases (QCNP09), 2–5 August 2009, Dresden, Germany
    • “Electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of Ce3Rh4Sn13”, poster presentation
  • DFT meets Solid State Chemistry & 8th Tutorial Hands-on-FPLO, 25–29 October 2009, Dresden, Germany
    • “Electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of Ce3Rh4Sn13”, poster presentation
  • the KKR and spectroscopy – hands on course 2009, 24–26 June 2009, Munich, Germany
    • “Electronic structure of CeRhX (X=In, Sn)”, poster presentation
  • “VII Katowicko-Krakowskie Seminarium Fizyka Fazy Skondensowanej”, 16-17 June 2008, Rychwałd, Poland
    • „Electronic structure, thermodynamic and transport properties of the compound Ce3Rh4Sn13”, contributed talk
  • 5th International Conference on Magnetic and Superconducting Materials (MSM07), Khiva, Uzbekistan, 25-30 September 2007
    • „Electronic structure of CenMmIn2m+3n, where n = 1, 2; m = 0, 1;M = Co, Rh or Ir”, contributed talk
  • 5th International Conference on Magnetic and Superconducting Materials (MSM07), 25-30 September 2007, Khiva, Uzbekistan
    • „Electronic structure of CenMmIn2m+3n, where n = 1, 2; m = 0, 1; M = Co, Rh or Ir”, poster presentation
  • New materials for magnetoelectronics, 3 - 6 May 2006, Będlewo, Poland
    • „Electronic structure of CenMmIn2m+3n, where n = 1, 2; m = 0, 1;M = Co, Rh or Ir”, invited talk
  • Department of Solid State Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, 7 March 2006
    • „Electronic structure of CenMmIn2m+3n, where n = 1, 2; m = 0, 1;M = Co, Rh or Ir”, talk
  • EPS - 21st General Conference of the Condensed Matter Division, 26 – 31 March 2006, Dresden, Germany
    • „Electronic structure, thermodynamic and transport properties of CeRh2Rh4 and Ce3Rh4Sn13”, poster presentation
  • New materials for magnetoelectronics, 3-6 May 2006, Będlewo, Poland
    • „Electronic structure, thermodynamic and transport properties of CeRh2Rh4 and Ce3Rh4Sn13”, poster presentation
  • Workshop on Anomalous Phenomena in Strongly Correlated Electron Materials, 19-21 May 2005, Wroclaw, Poland
    • „Electronic structure of CeMIn5 (M = Rh or Ir)”, poster presentation
  • The European Conference „Physics of magnetism’05, 24-27 June 2005, Poznań, Poland
    • „Electronic structure of CeMIn5 (M = Rh or Ir)”, poster presentation
  • „Krakowsko-Katowickie Seminarium Fazy Skondensowanej”, Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, 22 January 2005, Kraków, Poland
    • “Electronic structure of CeMIn5 (M = Rh, Ir). Synthesis of single crystals of CeCoIn5.”, poster presentation

Funding:

  • Higher Education Infrastructure Fund bid (November 2018), principal investigator
    • „Low temperature system for routine physical properties measurements and to support development of advanced experimental techniques”
  • Seed Corn Funding for Early Stage Researchers bid (01.04.2017 - 31.07.2017), principal investigator
    • „Theory-assisted search for novel itinerant magnets.”
  • 2017 Learning and Teaching Development Grant (01.04.2017 - 31.07.2017), principal investigator
    • „Learning by creating - embedding modern teaching strategies into Third Year Physics Laboratory module.
  • Research Grant awarded by the Royal Society (14.03.2016 - 13.03.2017), principal investigator
    • „Large non-saturating magnetoresistance in a novel superconductor with highly tunable electronic properties, Ca3+xCo4Sn13-y
  • University Equippment Fund bid (April 2016), principal investigator, joint bid with Dr Sergey Zlatogorsky
    • „Controlled atmosphere synthesis kit to support Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching, Learning and Research”
  • Max-Planck Society fellowship, January 2011- August 2011 and January 2009 - June 2010,
    • Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany
  • DAAD scholarship for young researchers, July 2010 - December 2010
    • Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany
  • Grant No. N202 010 32/0487 of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland, 2007 – 2008, principal investigator
  • Grant No. 1 PO3B 052 28 of the State Committee for Scientific Research (KBN), Poland, 2005 – 2007, co-investigator

About me:

  • Qualifications

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, UCLAN, September 2018
    • PhD in Physics, specialization: Condensed Matter Physics, University of Silesia, Poland, 2009, dissertation defended with honours
    • Master of Arts in Physics, University of Silesia, Poland, 2004 First Class Honours, within 5% of the best graduates
  • Professional memberships

    • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
    • Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)
    • Member of the American Physical Society
    • Member of the Polish Physical Society
  • Other professional duties

    • Referee for Physical Review B
    • Referee for American Journal of Modern Physics
    • Member of the organising committee and a UCLAN representative for ECUIP programme by the IoP
    • Member of the Health & Safety Committee at UCLAN
    • Mentor for FHEA candidates within the Continuous Professional Development scheme
  • Teaching

    • 2018/2019

      • AP3950 – 3rd Year Project Coordinator
      • AP3060 – 3rd Year Physics Laboratory (module leader)
      • AP3841 – Solid State Physics (module leader and moderator, jointly with Dr Karen Syres)
      • AP4852 – 4th Year Advanced Laboratory
      • AP4614 – Physics for Energy (moderator)
      • APC802 – Motion, Forces and Force Fields (moderator)
    • 2017/2018

      • AP3950 – 3rd Year Project Coordinator
      • AP3060 – 3rd Year Physics Laboratory (module leader)
      • AP3841 – Solid State Physics (module leader and moderator, jointly with Dr Karen Syres)
      • APC802 – Motion, Forces and Force Fields (moderator)
    • 2016/2017

      • AP3950 – 3rd Year Project Coordinator
      • AP3060 – 3rd Year Physics Laboratory (module leader)
      • AP3841 – Solid State Physics (module leader and moderator, jointly with Dr Karen Syres)
      • APC802 – Motion, Forces and Force Fields (tutorials)
    • 2015/2016

      • AP3950 – 3rd Year Project Coordinator
      • AP3841 – Solid State Physics (lecturer)
      • AP4852 – 4th Year Advanced Laboratory
      • AP1011 – 1st Year Physics Laboratory (supervision of Physics Challenge projects)
      • APC802 – Motion, Forces and Force Fields (tutorials)
      • APC803 – The Road to Quantum mechanics (tutorials)
      • APC806 – Graphics and Vectors (tutorials)
    • 2014/2015

      • AP3841 – Condensed Matter Physics (lecturing)
      • APC801 – Introduction to University Physics
      • AP1011 – 1st Year Physics Laboratory (supervision of Physics Challenge projects)
      • APC802 – Motion, Forces and Force Fields (tutorials)