CDT Postgraduate Researcher Santiago García-Cuevas Carrillo, presenting his work


One of the main drivers for the EPSRC in developing the doctoral training model has been the desire to put industry front and centre in the development of PhD students. To that end, members of our Oversight Board from industry (QinetiQ, Oclaro, BAE Systems, Dstl and Flann Microwave) along with other collaborators from Thales and Sub10 Systems are delivering some of our intensive 2-day workshops (on ‘Sensors and Security’ and ‘Fundamentals of Acoustics’) and giving seminars on the perspectives of employment within industry of materials science postgraduates. To date, the feedback that we have gained from these interactions has been exceptionally positive, with our industrial colleagues strongly praising the quality of the students, their work, and their engagement with the industrial viewpoint.

Within the Centre the concept of joint supervision is stimulating stronger interactions between staff leading to new joint projects, the key example being a Programme Grant submission in magnetic metamaterials to the EPSRC from three of the XM2 supervisors. These interactions are not simply within a single department, or just between theorists and experimentalists but progressively between materials scientists in Physics and Engineering. Creativity@Home’ events are also engendering new thinking among some of the staff, as well as the XM2 students and post-doctoral researchers who are all invited to attend. Overall the cohort ethos and the associated training is transforming the operation of the functional materials researchers at Exeter.

Internationally, through our extensive recruitment procedure, we have attracted excellent students from Chile, China, Germany, Greece, India, Pakistan, Spain and the Ukraine. Some of our students have already visited Grenoble to use facilities, and existing collaborations in Sweden and Pakistan have been strengthened – all part of the development of an international presence for the Centre.



Magneto-optical observation of mutual phase-locking in a pair of spin-torque vortex oscillators
P. S. Keatley, S. R. Sani, G. Hrkac, E. Burgos, S. M. Mohseni, P. Dürrenfeld, J. Åkerman, and R. J. Hicken
Magnetism 2015 – Leeds, UK.

Microwave emission characteristics of spin-Hall nano-oscillators
T. Spicer, P. S. Keatley, P. Durrenfeld, A. Houshang, M. Ranjbar, A. A. Awad, R. K. Dumas, J. Akerman, and R. J. Hicken.
Magnetism 2015 – Leeds, UK.

GO/ZIF Nanocomposites and Their Derivatives for Electrochemical Applications
L. Deng, Y. Zhu, and Y. Xia
12th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC12) – York, UK.

Chiral Phenomena in the near-field of metamaterials
L. Barr, B. Tremain, A. Diaz-Rubio, E. Hendry and A. P. Hibbins
Royal Society International Scientific Meeting, Spatial transformations: from fundamentals to applications, Chicheley Hall. UK.

Investigation of surface wave beaming in complementary split ring resonators
E. Young, J. A. Dockrey, J. R Sambles, A. P. Hibbins and C. R Lawrence
Royal Society International Scientific Meeting, Spatial transformations: from fundamentals to applications, Chicheley Hall. UK.