Title: Doing a PhD abroad: the obvious and less-obvious advantages
Speaker: Prof Martin Dove, Queen Mary University of London
Doing a PhD abroad offers many advantages. There is a chance to learn a new language and experience a different culture. These are obvious points but there are often many other advantages that are not so obvious. These include seeing different approaches to scientific research, experiencing a different scientific community, seeing how science is organised and managed in a different country, and sometimes learning skills that could be of considerable advantage to your own country. I will illustrate the talk by showing the research work of a number of my students who could also have been listening to this talk 5 years ago.
Introduction of the Speaker:
Prof Dove has worked at QMUL since 2011, having been Professor at the University of Cambridge from 2002. His research work is both experimental and computational, with a focus on understanding the properties and behaviour of condensed matter systems from an atomic level. Examples include radiation damage, phase transitions, amorphous materials, dynamics of network materials, and anomalous properties such as negative thermal expansion. The experimental work is mostly using the technique of total scattering (both neutrons and x-rays) for the determination of the atomic structure of materials considering both the average structure and the local structural fluctuations. Simulation methods include large-scale simulations using models for the interatomic forces and quantum mechanical calculations of crystal structure, elasticity and lattice vibrations.