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Amanda Petford-Long

Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Lab

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

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Petford-Long Research Group


Materials Science and Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics


D.Phil, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

B.Sc. Physics (Hons) Class 2i, University College London, London, UK

Research Interests

The research in my group concentrates on understanding the behavior of magnetic, ferroelecctric and multiferroic oxide nanostructures, and in particular on determining the role that interfaces play in controlling this behavior. We are correlating the ferroic and transport properties with microstructure, magnetic domain structure and composition profile, determined using a range of high-resolution electron-microscopy, atomic force microscopy and position-sensitive atom probe techniques, including Lorentz microscopy for imaging magnetic domains and piezoforce microscopy for imaging ferroelectric domains. We are also developing in-situ TEM techniques for the investigation of magnetization reversal and transport behavior.

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, elected 2005
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, elected 2008
  • Argonne Distinguished Fellow, elected 2010
  • Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, elected 2017

Significant Professional Service

  • Chair, Division of Materials Physics, American Physical Society, 2018–2019
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee member, Institute for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research, Trinity College Dublin

Selected Publications

  • William M. Abbott, Christopher P. Murray, Sorcha Ni Lochlainn, Frank Bello, Chuan Zhong, Christopher Smith, Amanda K Petford-Long, John F. Donegan, David McCloskey, “A Comparison of Metal Adhesion Layers for Au Films in Thermo-Plasmonic Applications”, 2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2019 - Proceedings, (2019)
  • William M. Abbott, Christopher P. Murray, Chuan Zhong, Christopher Smith, Cormac McGuinness, Ehsan Rezvani, Clive Downing, Dermot Daly, Amanda K Petford-Long, Frank Bello, David McCloskey, John F. Donegan, “Less is more”, ACS applied materials & interfaces, (2019)
  • William M. Abbott, Christopher P. Murray, Sorcha N Lochlainn, Frank Bello, Chuan Zhong, Christopher Smith, Amanda K Petford-Long, John F. Donegan, David McCloskey, “A comparison of metal adhesion layers for Au films in thermo-plasmonic applications”, CLEO, (2019)
  • F. Barrows, V. Brajuskovic, Amanda K Petford-Long, C. Phatak, “Emergent magnetic ordering and topological frustration in quasicrystal artificial spin ices”, Physical Review B, (2019)
  • Wanjun Jiang, Sheng Zhang, Xiao Wang, Charudatta Phatak, Qiang Wang, Wei Zhang, Matthias Benjamin Jungfleisch, John E. Pearson, Yizhou Liu, Jiadong Zang, Xuemei Cheng, Amanda K Petford-Long, Axel Hoffmann, Suzanne G.E. Te Velthuis, “Quantifying chiral exchange interaction for Nel-type skyrmions via Lorentz transmission electron microscopy”, Physical Review B, (2019)
  • V. Brajuskovic, A. Addi, C. Phatak, Amanda K Petford-Long, “Observation of transient states during magnetization reversal in a quasicrystal artificial spin ice”, Physical Review B, (2018)
  • Bumsoo Kim, Frank P. Barrows, Yogesh Sharma, Ram S. Katiyar, Charudatta Phatak, Amanda K Petford-Long, Seokwoo Jeon, Seungbum Hong, “ Ferroelectric Domain Studies of Patterned (001) BiFeO 3 by Angle-Resolved Piezoresponse Force Microscopy ”, Scientific Reports, (2018)
  • William M. Abbott, Simon Corbett, Graeme Cunningham, Amanda K Petford-Long, Sheng Zhang, John F. Donegan, David McCloskey, “Solid state dewetting of thin plasmonic films under focused cw-laser irradiation”, Acta Materialia, (2018)