Amanda Petford-Long

Amanda Karen Petford-Long FREng is a Professor of Materials Science and Distinguished Fellow at the Argonne National Laboratory. She is also a Professor of Materials Science at Northwestern University.

Amanda Petford-Long

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Amanda Karen Petford
Alma materUniversity College London (BSc)
University of Oxford (DPhil)
Scientific career
InstitutionsNorthwestern University
Argonne National Lab
Arizona State University[1]
ThesisStructural studies of various β-aluminas (1984)
Doctoral advisorColin Humphreys[2]

Education and early careerEdit

Petford-Long studied physics at University College London, graduating in 1981.[3] She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in 1985 for research on Beta-alumina solid electrolytes supervised by Colin Humphreys.[2][3] She was a postgraduate student at St. Cross College, Oxford.[2]

Career and researchEdit

Petford-Long served as Professor at Corpus Christi College, Oxford from 2002.[4][5] She worked on spray coated nanocomposite materials and magnetic nanoparticles and used an atom probe.[6][7][8] She was the only woman to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2005.[9][10] Petford-Long moved to Argonne National Laboratory in 2005.[3]

She served as director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials from 2010 to 2014, developing new techniques for nanoscale characterisation.[3] She delivered a lecture for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology in 2014.[11][12]

She has explored the microstructure and magnetic field properties in multiferroic tunnel junctions.[13] She works with Jacqueline Johnson on fluorozirconate glass for novel ceramics, using pulsed laser deposition to fabricate thin films.[14][15] She has demonstrated that nanoparticle crystallisation impacts the optical properties of the glass ceramics.[16] Pulsed laser deposition allows her to control the distribution of europium dopants and the nanocrystalline phase behaviour.[15] The applications include up and down-converters for solar cells.[15] She discussed their work on NPR in 2018.[17]

Petford-Long develops in situ magnetised Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to study magnetic thin film structures.[18] She uses Lorentz transmission electron microscopy to identify the micromagnetic behaviour.[19] She created skyrmions, chiral spin structures with no net charge.[20][21] They used an ion-beam, allowing them to make skyrmion-like structures at a variety of length scales.[22] She showed that non-repeating patterns in quasicrystals could be used to store information.[23]

She serves as chair of the American Physical Society Division of Materials Physics from 2018 to 2019.[24] She serves on the scientific advisory board of the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices at Trinity College Dublin.[25] She is Chair of the Argonne National Laboratory Chief Research Officer Council.[3] She is an advocate for women in engineering and has been involved in initiatives to inspire young girls to choose engineering at college.[26][27][28]

Awards and honorsEdit

Petford-Long is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Microscopical Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.[citation needed] She was elected a Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Smith, D. J.; Petford-Long, A. K.; Wallenberg, L. R.; Bovin, J. -O. (1986). "Dynamic Atomic-Level Rearrangements in Small Gold Particles". Science. 233 (4766): 872–875. doi:10.1126/science.233.4766.872. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 17752214.
  2. ^ a b c Petford-Long, Amanda (1984). Structural studies of various β-aluminas. (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 882116406. EThOS  
  3. ^ a b c d e "Amanda K. Petford Long | Argonne National Laboratory". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  4. ^ "TMS 2015: Annual Meeting & Exhibition - Continuing Education". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  5. ^ "Old News Oxford Materials". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  6. ^ "Previous Projects Oxford Materials". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  7. ^ "Appendix B: University of Oxford". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  8. ^ "Atom Probe Group - 2006 Publications". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  9. ^ "Departmental News and Press Articles from before 2010 Oxford Materials". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  10. ^ "'It is nice to have that outside acknowledgement'". Times Higher Education (THE). 2005-07-22. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  11. ^ C2ST TV, The Nature of Nano - Amanda K. Petford-Long, Adam Khan, retrieved 2018-12-10
  12. ^ "Immersion in the Nanoworld". The Chicago Council on Science and Technology. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  13. ^ "Correlating Microstructure, Transport and Magnetic Properties in Multiferroic Tunnel Junction Structures — Northwestern Scholars". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  14. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#1001381 - Study of the Evolution of Nanoparticle Crystallization and Optical Properties in Glass Ceramics". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  15. ^ a b c "ANL Salary/Fringe Designer Glass Ceramics — Northwestern Scholars". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  16. ^ "Study of the Evolution of Nanoparticle Crystallization and Optical Properties in Glass Ceramics — Northwestern Scholars". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  17. ^ Dangler, Doug (2018-03-31). "Amanda Petford-Long: Let's Get Small". Craft: Exploring Creativity. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  18. ^ "Amanda K Petford-Long — Northwestern Scholars". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  19. ^ Atrium, 1080 Physics Research Building-Smith Seminar Room- reception at 3:30pm in the (2018-01-10). "Colloquium - Amanda Petford-Long (Argonne National Laboratory) - Exploring the Local Behavior of Magnetic Nanostructures via Lorentz TEM". Department of Physics. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  20. ^ Phatak, Charudatta; Heinonen, Olle; De Graef, Marc; Petford-Long, Amanda (2016). "Nanoscale Skyrmions in a Nonchiral Metallic Multiferroic: Ni2MnGa". Nano Letters. 16 (7): 4141–4148. doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b01011. ISSN 1530-6984.
  21. ^ "Skyrmions created with a special spiral". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  22. ^ Phatak, C.; Petford-Long, A. K.; Zhang, S. (2016). "Creation of artificial skyrmions and antiskyrmions by anisotropy engineering". Scientific Reports. 6: 31248. doi:10.1038/srep31248. ISSN 2045-2322. PMC 4978955. PMID 27507196.
  23. ^ "Energy cascades in quasicrystals trigger an avalanche of discovery". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  24. ^ "Petford-Long, Amanda | Faculty | Northwestern Engineering". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  25. ^ "Management and Governance - CRANN - Trinity College Dublin". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  26. ^ Manyeh, Vandy (2017-02-28). "COD inaugurates women in STEM career day". The Courier. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  27. ^ "How female engineering students view masculinity of typical engineer might explain piece of gender gap". The University of Kansas. 2017-05-31. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  28. ^ "Finding right formula for family and science". Retrieved 2018-12-10.