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”
  • MPhys 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 "Composition dependence of bulk superconductivity in YFe2Ge2" accepted by 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
  • 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

Project Students

  • Ongoing projects
    • Ben Stephen Nichols: BSc (Hons) project
      • “Synthesis and characterization of novel MAX phases with Cr.”
    • Rafal Mariusz Sobol: BSc (Hons) project
      • "First-principles study on electronic band structure and magnetic properties of novel MAX phases with Cr."
    • 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
    • Conor Thomas Moorefield: BSc (Hons) project
      • “Operation and control of a low temperature Faraday magnetometer.”
    • Connor Lewis Gregory: BSc (Hons) project
      • “Doping study on Ti-site of a novel strongly enhanced Pauli paramagnet Ti2Cu3.”
    • James Gibson: BSc (Hons) project in Chemistry
      • "Preparation and study of structural and magnetic properties of novel coordination compounds of transition metals with sulphur-containing ligands."
        Co-supervisor: Dr Sergey Zlatogorsky
    • Artiom Miloserdov: BSc (Hons) project
      • “Study on the ternary Ca-Co-Sn phase diagram near the Remeika-type Ca3Co4Sn13 phase.”
    • Lukas Jancevic: BSc (Hons) project
      • “Computational study on crystals structures of the family of compounds {Sc,Y,Lu,La}Fe2{Si,Ge}2.”
    • Zachary Thomas Anderson: BSc (Hons) project in Chemistry
      • "Preparation and study of structural and magnetic properties of novel coordination compounds of transition metals with sulphur-containing ligands."
        Co-supervisor: Dr Sergey Zlatogorsky
    • Tom Jordan: MPhys project
      • “Setting up, calibration and operation of a Faraday magnetometer with a continuous flow cryostat.”
    • Jake Reilly: BSc (Hons) project
      • “Study on crystal structures and chemical compositions of single crystals of new Yb based intermetallic compounds.”
    • Ellen Victoria Camm: BSc (Hons) project
      • “Electronic structure and magnetic properties of CaMn2P2 from first principle studies.”
    • Abdussalam Amheisen: MSc project in Instrumental Analysis
      • "Preparation and study of structural and magnetic properties of novel coordination compounds of transition metals with sulphur-containing ligands."
        Co-supervisor: Dr Sergey Zlatogorsky

Internships and Research Placements

  • Rhiannon Stones (Runshaw College), Research Placement supported by Nuffield Foundation, summer 2018
  • Robert Bridge Research Placement supported by Nuffield Foundation, summer 2018
  • Jake Reilly (UCLAN), Research Assistant (Intern), summer 2016
  • Matthew Malarkey (Runshaw College), Research Placement supported by Nuffield Foundation, summer 2016
  • Ronan Oliver Smith (Clitheroe Royal Grammar School), Research Placement supported by Nuffield Foundation, summer 2016
  • Conor Moorfield (UCLAN), Research Assistant (Intern), summer 2016
  • Kirsty Brocklehurst (University of Cambridge), Research Assistant (Intern), summer 2015
  • Grace Carpenter (Blackpool Sixth Form College), Internship, summer 2015
  • Heeba Toheed (Westholme Sixth Form), work experience placement, June 2015

Ronan Oliver Smith, summer 2016

Jake Reilly, summer 2016

Kirsty Brocklehurst, summer 2015

Grace Carpenter, summer 2015


Matthew Malarkey, summer 2016

Publications:

  • J. Chen, M. Gamża, K. Semeniuk, and F.M. Grosche, accepted to Physical Review B: Rapid Communications and available on arXiv (2018)
  • 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:

  • 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
    • Member of the organising committee and a UCLAN representative for ECUIP programme by the IoP
    • Member of the Health & Safety Committee at UCLAN
  • 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)

Outreach activities:

  • UCLan Applicant Day (04.02.2017)
    • talk entitled „Novel materials of fundamental interest and for technological applications”
    • experiment: X-ray powder diffraction
    • experiment: SEM study of human hairs and sugar
  • Talk 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
  • 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
  • Lancashire Science Festival – Physics stand (25-27 June 2015)
  • Work-experience placements:
    • Heeba Toheed from the Westholme Sixth Form (8-12 June 2015)
  • UCLan Applicant Day (25.04.2015)
    • talk entitled „Synthesis and characterization of novel materials”
    • Cloud Chamber experiment