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Monika Barbara Gamża

Senior Lecturer in Physics
School of Natural Sciences

Monika is research active within the area of physics and chemistry of strongly correlated electron systems, specialising in the design, synthesis and characterisation of novel materials for both fundamental research and energy applications.

Monika is leading the Exploratory Materials Synthesis and Characterization Group at UCLan and she is acting as a Lab Manager for the Synthetic Solid State Physics Laboratories. She is teaching and supervising students on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree programmes in the School of Natural Sciences, specialising in the areas of solid state physics and materials science.

Following degrees in Physics obtained from the University of Silesia in Poland, Monika moved to the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Germany where she worked on various projects related to physics and chemistry of intermetallic compounds, with special emphasis on magnetism and superconductivity in strongly correlated electron systems. In August 2011, Monika moved to Brookhaven National Laboratory in the USA to pursue different strands of research into strongly correlated materials, including the study on quantum criticality in d-electron systems and investigations of electronic correlation effects in narrow gap insulators. Before joining UCLan, Monika worked for 1.5 years as a postdoctoral researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, on a project entitled “Fermi surface instabilities and quantum order under pressure”, headed by dr F. Malte Grosche from Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. In January 2015 Monika joined the University of Central Lancashire as a Lecturer in Physics. She is currently contributing to the teaching of undergraduate physics courses and starting a new research group in the field of design, synthesis and characterisation of strongly correlated electron systems.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, September 2018
  • PhD in Physics, specialization: Condensed Matter Physics (Dissertation defended with honours), University of Silesia, Poland, 2009
  • Master of Arts in Physics (First Class Honours, within 5% of the best graduates), University of Silesia, Poland, 2004
  • Crystal growth
  • Magnetism
  • Electronic band structure of solids
  • Strongly correlated electron systems
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)
  • Member of the American Physical Society
  • Member of the Polish Physical Society