Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Any experimental or theoretical project in the field of ferroic and multiferroic solids.
2. Any experimental project in the field of nano thin films and devices (fabrication, characterization, etc)
3. Interested in information theory, interdisciplinary theoretical research in Physics and novel ideas. Get in touch to discuss your project.

Personal profile


I graduated my BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees in Physics from the University of Bucharest, and received my PhD in Physics from the University of Central Lancashire in 2002. My previous appointments include two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of York, senior R&D scientist at Seagate Technology (a world leading high-tech company) and over six years as Higher Research Scientist at the UK National Physical Laboratory.

I was formerly known as Marian Vopsaroiu.

My major scientific contributions are in the fields of solid state caloric effects, thin film growth technologies, multiferroic materials and their applications, optical techniques of characterisation of solids, development of novel metrologies and innovations based on ferroic materials, theoretical studies of non-equilibrium phenomena, fundamental physics and information physics.

Research Interests

Currently my research interest revolves around experimental and theoretical studies of applied and fundamental physics with emphasis on ordered and multifunctional systems, caloric effects, non-equilibrium systems and information theory.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Higher Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory


Senior R&D engineer/scientist, Seagate Technology


Postdoctoral fellow, University of York


PhD research student, University of Central Lancashire


Research Assistant, National Institute for Materials Science



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