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Industrial Training

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Diamond Science & Technology (DST) brings together leading academics from eight partner universities and industrialists from more than 30 companies, to deliver research excellence and a unique, comprehensive training package in DST.

The training programme, based at the University of Warwick, has been devised to equip research scientists with the skill sets necessary to drive forward technological innovations in DST, and will develop and enhance the capabilities of employees working within related industrial sectors. The programme is designed to be fully flexible to meet the needs of industry, consisting of ten stand-alone modules, taught by leaders in the field. These modules can be taken in isolation, or in bundles leading to post-graduate qualifications from the University of Warwick, one of the UK’s most innovative and highly ranked universities. A research project, based at one of the partner universities or the sponsoring company completes the training package.

If you are in interested in taking individual modules, please contact us.

Diamond Science & Technology Training Modules

DST Module 1 (Prof. Paul May)

CH976: Novel & Efficient Methods of Material Synthesis

Students will gain a working knowledge of a range of advanced materials in use by UK science and technology industries, with an emphasis on diamond. The properties, fabrication processes and applications of these materials will be discussed. A visit to Element Six’s Global Innovation Centre at Harwell, is included.

Paul May


 

DST Module 2 (Dr. Gavin Morley)

PX904: Properties & Characterisation of Materials

This module provides an overview of important material properties, with a focus on three-dimensional crystals. Students will develop (i) an awareness of quantum mechanical theory of electronic structure and its role in determining material properties and (ii) an understanding of the electronic, mechanical, thermal, optical and magnetic measurements that can be used to investigate the properties of a material.

Gavin Morley
   

DST Module 3 (Prof. Mark Newton)

PX905: Defects & Dopants

This module covers the identification of intrinsic defects, dopants and impurities in semiconductors and insulators with a specific focus on diamond. Once the different types of defects have been introduced, characterisation techniques and the information they reveal on defect properties, will be discussed.

Mark Newton


 

DST Module 4 (Prof. Jon Goss)

CH977: Theory and Modelling of Materials

Students will be taken from the basic principles of bonding at the atomic scale, through molecular and crystalline systems, arriving at the macroscopic system in terms of elastic properties, implantation damage and electronic devices. Through a combination of theory and practical application of computational simulation, students will review the most commonly used theoretical approaches to modelling materials, and develop an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

JOn Goss
   

DST Module 5 (Prof. Richard Todd)

PX906: Manufacturing the Future: Industrial Diamond

This module introduces the students to polycrystalline diamond (PCD) composites and related materials, high pressure-high temperature synthesis and the importance of defects. The machining characteristics of PCD will be discussed along with tool fabrication, machining trials, wear and failure mechanisms.

Richard Todd


 

DST Module 6 (Prof. Andy Evans)

CH978: Surfaces, Interfaces & Coatings

The focus of this module is surface-specific characterisation methods widely applied in research and industrial laboratories. The emphasis is on diamond surfaces, but the techniques discussed are relevant to other structurally related materials such as Si, Ge, III-V, II-VI semiconductors and the surfaces of other semiconductors, insulators and metals. A visit to the Diamond Light Source at Harwell, is included.

Andy Evans
   

DST Module 7 (Prof. Oliver Williams)

CH979: Devices and Fabrication

This module aims to cover the basics of clean room technologies and device fabrication. The specifics of diamond processing will be addressed in context with silicon technologies. Operation of basic semiconductor devices will be explained.

Oliver Williams


 

DST Module 8 (Prof. Jason Smith)

PX907: Diamond Photonics & Quantum Devices

Students will achieve a basic grounding in the physics and application of diamond to photonics and quantum devices. They will learn about principles of operation; advantages and challenges of diamond; device design and manufacture. They will gain practical experience in optics and spintronics experiments, and in finite element modelling of relevant optical systems.

Jason Smith
   

DST Module 9 (Prof. Alan Kemp)

CH980: Applications of High Performance Materials

This module aims to promote an appreciation for the wider context of DST: the applications, alternative materials, and competitor technologies. Students will be encouraged to collate and critically analyse a body of scientific work and practice presenting this information to a variety of audiences.

Alan Kemp


 

DST Module 10 (Prof. Julie Macpherson / Prof. Pat Unwin)

CH914: Electrochemistry and Sensors (Option A)

This module is hosted by the MAS CDT.

This module provides a grounding in the fundamentals of electrochemistry, electroanalytical techniques and sensor technology. Potentiometry, voltammetric and amperometric techniques, microfluidic devices, lab-on-a-chip methods, and electronic noses and tongues are discussed. The course draws on Warwick’s major strengths in this area and covers developments in ion selective electrodes, electrode kinetics, mass transport and key techniques, such as linear sweep and cyclic voltammetry, hydrodynamic electrodes, stripping voltammetry, ultra-microelectrodes and array devices.

Julie Macpherson
   

DST Module 10 (Dr. Chris Dunsby)

PX908: Biomedical Optics & Applications (Option B)

Students will develop an understanding of biomedical optical imaging and spectroscopy and the potential biomedical applications of diamond. A variety of optical microscopy techniques are introduced including wide-field, confocal, fluorescence and advanced optical microscopy. Tissue optics (absorption, scattering, spectroscopy), imaging in biological tissue (OCT, multi-photon) and an overview of labels and probes for optical imaging will also be discussed.

Chris Dunsby

Course Dates

Term 1
Term 2
CH976 DST Module 1: Novel and Efficient Methods of Material Synthesis
2017: Monday 2nd October – Friday 13th October

PX908 DST Module 10: Biomedical Optics and Applications
CH914 DST Module 10: Electrochemistry and Sensors
2018: Monday 8th January – Friday 19th January

PX904 DST Module 2: Properties and Characterisation of Materials
2017: Monday 16th October – Friday 27th October
CH978 DST Module 6: Surfaces, Interfaces and Coatings
2018: Monday 22nd January – Friday 2nd February
PX905 DST Module 3: Defects and Dopants
2017: Monday 30th October – Friday 10th November
CH979 DST Module 7: Devices and Fabrication
2018: Monday 5th February – Friday 16th February
CH977 DST Module 4: Theory and Modelling of Materials
2017: Monday 13th November – Friday 24th November
PX907 DST Module 8: Diamond Photonics and Quantum Devices
2018: Monday 19th February – Friday 2nd March
PX906 DST Module 5: Manufacturing the Future: Industrial Diamond
2017: Monday 27th November – Friday 8th December
CH980 DST Module 9: Applications of High Performance Materials
2017/18
   
Exam Dates

Friday 15th - Monday 18th December 2017

2018 (TBC)

Exam Dates

Friday 23rd - Monday 26th March 2018

2019 (TBC)

For further details, please refer to the MSc timetable.

Professional Training Brochure

Please refer to our brochure for further information on the stand-alone MSc and individual modules.

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