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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

  • Barrows, Frank; Arava, Hanu; Zhou, Chun; Nealey, Paul; Segal-Peretz, Tamar; Liu, Yuzi; Bakaul, Saidur; Phatak, Charudatta; Petford-Long, Amanda, Mesoscale Confinement Effects and Emergent Quantum Interference in Titania Antidot Thin Films, ACS nano 15(8):12935-12944.
  • El Hadri, Mohammed Salah; Gibbons, Jonathan; Xiao, Yuxuan; Ren, Haowen; Arava, Hanu; Liu, Yuzi; Liu, Zhaowei; Petford-Long, Amanda; Hoffmann, Axel; Fullerton, Eric E., Large spin-to-charge conversion in ultrathin gold-silicon multilayers, Physical Review Materials 5(6).
  • McCray, Arthur R.C.; Cote, Timothy; Li, Yue; Petford-Long, Amanda K.; Phatak, Charudatta, Understanding Complex Magnetic Spin Textures with Simulation-Assisted Lorentz Transmission Electron Microscopy, Physical Review Applied 15(4).
  • Spurgeon, Steven R.; Ophus, Colin; Jones, Lewys; Petford-Long, Amanda; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Olszta, Matthew J.; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.; Salmon, Norman; Hattar, Khalid; Yang, Wei Chang D.; Sharma, Renu; Du, Yingge; Chiaramonti, Ann; Zheng, Haimei; Buck, Edgar C.; Kovarik, Libor; Penn, R. Lee; Li, Dongsheng; Zhang, Xin; Murayama, Mitsuhiro; Taheri, Mitra L., Towards data-driven next-generation transmission electron microscopy, Nature materials 20(3):274-279.
  • Arava, H.; Barrows, F.; Stiles, M. D.; Petford-Long, A. K., Topological control of magnetic textures, Physical Review B 103(6).
  • Jin, Yu; Bond, Charles W.; Leonard, Russell L.; Liu, Yuzi; Johnson, Jacqueline A.; Petford-Long, Amanda K., The effect of annealing on optical transmittance and structure of ZLANI fluorozirconate glass thin films, Micron 140.
  • Abbott, William M.; Murray, Christopher P.; Bello, Frank; Zhong, Chuan; Smith, Christopher; McGuinness, Cormac; Mamyraimov, Daniyar; Petford-Long, Amanda K.; McCloskey, David; Donegan, John F., Combining Sub-nanometer Adhesion and Capping Layers for Thermally Stable Nanometer-Thick Au Films, ACS Applied Nano Materials 3(11):10628-10633.
  • Phatak, Charudatta; Miller, Christina S.; Thompson, Zachary; Gulsoy, E. Begum; Petford-Long, Amanda K., Curved Three-Dimensional Cobalt Nanohelices for Use in Domain Wall Device Applications, ACS Applied Nano Materials 3(6):6009-6016.