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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, 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)
  • Taeho Roy Kim, Charudatta Phatak, Amanda K Petford-Long, Yunzhi Liu, Chad Taylor, Bing Zhang, Sharon Myers, Andrea Greene, Tomoko Seki, Michael Alex, Gerardo A. Bertero, Robert Sinclair, “Correlative magnetic imaging of heat-assisted magnetic recording media in cross section using lorentz TEM and MFM”, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, (2018)
  • C. W. Bond, R. L. Leonard, R. A. Erck, A. Y. Terekhov, Amanda K Petford-Long, J. A. Johnson, “Pulsed laser deposition of transparent fluoride glass”, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, (2018)
  • Charudatta Phatak, Amanda K Petford-Long, “Direct Evidence of Topological Defects in Electron Waves through Nanoscale Localized Magnetic Charge”, Nano Letters, (2018)
  • Steven S.L. Zhang, C. Phatak, Amanda K Petford-Long, O. G. Heinonen, “Tailoring magnetic skyrmions by geometric confinement of magnetic structures”, Applied Physics Letters, (2017)
  • S. Zhang, A. K. Petford-Long, C. Phatak, “Creation of artificial skyrmions and antiskyrmions by anisotropy engineering”, Scientific Reports, (2016)
  • V. Brajuskovic, F. Barrows, C. Phatak, A. K. Petford-Long, “Real-space observation of magnetic excitations and avalanche behavior in artificial quasicrystal lattices”, Scientific Reports, (2016)
  • C. Phatak, A. K. Petford-Long, M. De Graef, “Recent advances in Lorentz microscopy”, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, (2016)