A project is available in the field of experimental nanomagnetism. The project involves advanced characterization and modeling of various types of magnetic nanoparticles and ferrofluids, including biological (magneto â€“ tactic bacteria) and bio-inspired nanomaterials. The focus will be on the mechanisms of nano-particle formation, bio-mineralization, magnetic dynamics (relaxation), quantum tunneling, metal â€“ insulator transition, collective vs. single â€“ particle behavior, self â€“ organization and pattern formation. A student will perform magnetic measurements at low temperatures, use electron microscopy to analyze the structure of nanoparticles and participate in other activities within the project.
Program mentor: Ruslan Prozorov, physicist, Ames Laboratory