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Chemical Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 101 Chemical Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Chemical Physics specialises in the properties of matter and how they are affected by the movement of particles. Through your research, you could help inform the field of chemistry and help advance our current knowledge of atoms, elements and molecules.

What's it like to study a PhD in Chemical Physics?

As a PhD student in Chemical Physics, you'll be working with your supervisor and other members of the department to help develop new applications of the elements and materials that make up our world, and further our current understanding of the structure of matter. You'll likely divide your time between lab-based research, writing your thesis, and attending seminars and conferences.

Possible research areas include:

  • Nanotechnology
  • Electro-chemistry
  • Atomistic and molecular simulations
  • Soft matter physics
  • Chemical biology
  • Energy storage

Besides independent study, you may have the opportunity to connect with the wider academic community through attending departmental meetings and publishing papers. You may also be encouraged to take part in mentoring programmes to help guide your progress.

If you are considering a PhD in Chemical Physics, it is likely that you will already have some undergraduate and Masters level research experience in chemistry.

PhD in Chemical Physics entry requirements

The entry requirement for a PhD in Chemical Physics is usually a Bachelors or Masters degree in Physics with a Chemistry specialism. You may also be asked to submit a research proposal outlining your research plans.

PhD in Chemical Physics funding options

The main body funding PhDs in Chemical Physics in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Projects have funding attached, meaning that students automatically receive coverage of the tuition fees of a PhD and a living cost stipend.

Some students may wish to self-fund their PhD in Chemical Physics, though this is less common. Self-funding may be possible through combining the UK government loan with other sources such as a university scholarship or support from your university or charity.

PhD in Chemical Physics careers

The skills you'll gain during a PhD will prepare you for a career in academia or a role in the chemical or material sciences industries. You may also choose to apply your skills to other industries such as medicine, agriculture and forensics.

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Plasma-based gas conversion into value-added chemicals

  Research Group: Plasma and fusion science and technologies
Plasmas are promising technology for the conversion of gases such as CO2, CH4 or N2 into more valuable ones, e.g. CO (starting material for alcohols and hydrocarbons), H2 (clean fuel applications) and NH3 (fertilisers). Read more

In Situ Multimodal Imaging of Crystallisation

  Research Group: Condensed matter and materials physics
This project will use advanced electron and X-ray microscopy in situ liquid cell techniques to gain new insights into the mineralisation process of biomimetic model systems. Read more

Controlling plasma chemistry of cold atmospheric-pressure air plasmas

  Research Group: Plasma and fusion science and technologies
Plasma technologies already form a key part of many of today’s multi-billion pound industries such as the nanoscale fabrication of microprocessors, production of solar cells and the deposition of advanced functional coatings. Read more

Understanding shale rock swelling for energy systems: novel integrated modelling and experimental approaches

A fully funded PhD position is available in the group of Professor Carbone (Department of Chemistry) and Professor Taylor (Department of Earth Science) at the University of Manchester starting from September 2024. Read more

Programming Colloidal Self-Assembly for Advanced Materials

A PhD place is available with Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham on a project themed on designing and developing colloidal advanced materials, using high-performance computing, underpinned by theories of statistical mechanics and wave propagation in periodic structures. Read more

PhD in Physical Chemistry: Uncovering structure in the next generation of sustainable batteries

We have a vacancy for a PhD student working in the area of physical chemistry. While lithium dominates current battery technology, there is considerable drive to move away from lithium salts to more abundant or lower cost alternatives. Read more

Sustainable active materials for next-generation lithium-free batteries PhD

This research aims at discovery and development of novel active materials for next-generation lithium-free batteries. Net-zero economies require high-capacity batteries to enable clean transportation and store renewable energy. Read more

Investigation into the Impact of Material Properties on the Gas Transport Behaviour of Polyolefin Materials

The sustainable use of polymeric materials is underpinned by ensuring long service life in all industries and applications. Understanding durability requires research into the effects of both manufacturing methods and environmental storage conditions on the material properties and performance over time. Read more

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