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Structural and Magnetic Properties of 4d Oxides


How high can magnetic interactions go?  Using second and third row transition metal oxides we are targeting a class of perovskite materials that could potentially have the highest antiferromagnetic ordering temperatures known.  Bu first we have to prepare crystalline phases.


Professor Brendan Kennedy.

Research location

School of Chemistry

Program type



This project seeks to develop novel magnetic materials based on second and third row transition metals.  Conventional wisdom suggests that only 3d metals ( Cr, Mn, Fe, Co etc) are capale of exhibiting magnetism at high temperatures.  Our work on SrTcO3 shows this is not the case and has identified a number of materials that may exhibit extrodinary magnetic materials.  One aim of this work is to prepare antiferromagnetics  with the highest know Neel.  Aspects of this project will be conducted in collaboration with researchers at ANSTO.

Having prepared the crystalline phases, you will explore their properties at the atomic level, by using an array of characterisation techniques including synchrotron and neutron diffraction, X-ray spectroscopy, magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements etc.

Additional information

Additional supervisor Prof Chris Ling

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1729