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Materials Science (computational physics) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  PhD Studentship Opportunity in Computational modelling of dynamics due to gradients in living cells, drying paints and other out-of-equilibrium liquids
  Dr R Sear
Applications accepted all year round

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The Soft Matter research group of the Department of Physics of the University of Surrey has a PhD studentship for an October 2020 start.
  Multi-Scale Modelling of Composite Materials
  Prof W J Parnell, Dr P Carbone
Applications accepted all year round

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Accurate modelling of the mechanical behaviour of elastomeric materials including microscale filler particles represents a challenge in terms of the range of length scales involved.
  PhD Candidate in Computational (Electro)Catalysis
  Prof M García-Melchor
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Applications from outstanding and highly motivated students are invited for a fully funded 4-year PhD position (€18,000 per annum + academic fees) in the Computational Catalysis and Energy Materials (CCEM) Group led by Dr.
  Micro-rheology of active matter
  Dr V Kantsler, Prof R C Ball
Applications accepted all year round

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The project concerns microrheology of active matter - to study properties of biological microscopic constituents and its complex environment via optical microscopy and microfluidic methods.
  Uncertainty in phase diagram simulations with interatomic potentials
  Dr J Kermode
Applications accepted all year round

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Atomistic simulations with interatomic potentials are very widely used throughout computational chemistry, physics and materials science.
  Three-Dimensional Active Liquid Crystals: Defects and Topology
  Dr GP Alexander
Applications accepted all year round

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Active matter is a class of materials in which the individual constituents continually consume energy to generate work or motion, maintaining the system in dynamic, self-organised, nonequilibrium states [1].
  Understanding quantum materials using high magnetic fields and applied pressure
  Dr P Goddard
Applications accepted all year round

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Many of today’s most interesting, innovative and potentially useful materials display states of matter that seem to be explicable only by applying quantum mechanical models that are on the edge of our current understanding.
  X-ray studies of dynamic fluctuations in Nano-scaled artificial Spin-Ices
  Dr T PA Hase
Applications accepted all year round

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Geometric frustration, in which pair-wise interactions are incompatible with the underlying lattice can be found in many fields. Exploring the effect in bulk crystals is limited by the inability to modify the interactions in a systematic manner.
  Computational Framework for Metal Forming of High Strength Alloys
  Dr Amir Siddiq, Dr M Kartal
Applications accepted all year round

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Conventional metal forming processes involve high cost and lead times because of design and manufacturing of product specific tooling for new materials and parts.
  The physics of flowing suspensions with viscoelastic continua
  Dr C Ness
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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Suspensions of particles in liquid are found throughout nature and industry, for instance slurries and ceramics. We are just beginning to understand the dramatic influence that particle-particle interactions have on their flow behaviour when the liquid is Newtonian.
  PhD in Porous Materials for Challenging Separations (Computational)
  Prof A I Cooper
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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A PhD studentship is available in the research group of Prof. A. I. Cooper FRS, starting in October 2020. This position will be based in the Materials Innovation Factory (MIF), a £82 M research facility that opened in 2017.
  Computational materials engineering of interfaces in alloys
  Dr C Brandl
Applications accepted all year round

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Research field. We are working in Computational Materials Science which is an interdisciplinary area. It’s a challenging mix of physics, materials science, engineering, mathematics, and computational science.
  Modelling the compositional variation of the properties of magnetic refrigeration materials
  Prof J Staunton
Applications accepted all year round

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Refrigeration using magnetic materials has emerged as a promising new, energy efficient and environmentally friendly solid state cooling technology.
  Nanoscale material discovery for thermoelectric energy harvesting and cooling
  Dr H Sadeghi
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to exploit electronic and vibrational properties of nanoscale materials that are 1000 times smaller than diameter of a human hair to discover new materials for energy harvesting and cooling in consumer electronics such as mobile phones and laptops.
  Quantum Plasmonics: theory and simulations on the non-locality of nanoplasmonics
  Dr A Demetriadou
Application Deadline: 15 March 2020

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When light illuminates nano-sized metallic structures, the free electrons in the metal collectively oscillate, creating `plasmons’.
  Discovery of new transparent conducting materials
  Prof M J Rosseinsky, Dr J Alaria, Dr M Dyer
Applications accepted all year round

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This opportunity will remain open until filled. An opportunity for a 3.5 year PhD position supported by NSG Group towards the discovery of new transparent conducting materials.
  Band structure measurements in van der Waals heterostructures
  Dr N Wilson
Applications accepted all year round

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Angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) beautifully reveals the momentum-resolved electronic structure at the surface of crystalline solids.
  PhD Studentship Opportunity in Computational Design of Sustainable 2D Catalysts
  Dr I Riddlestone
Application Deadline: 27 March 2020

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Catalysis is ubiquitous in chemistry and biology. Catalysts allows chemical transformations to proceed at a faster rate by lowering the overall energy demand for several energy-intensive chemical mechanism, such as those involving covalent bond breaking.
  Design principles for active solids
  Dr A Souslov
Applications accepted all year round

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Soft materials surround us and compose us. Biological functions rely on active components embedded in soft biological matter. For example, muscles move because molecular motors convert chemical energy into work.
  Computational Studies of Novel Cathode Materials for Li Ion Batteries
  Dr M Dyer
Application Deadline: 30 April 2020

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With the growing use of portable electronics and the environmental drive to electrification of transport, the search for lithium ion batteries with improved performance is an exciting and topical area of research.
  Machine learning for inverse design of materials for skyrmionics
  Research Group: Computational Engineering and Design
  Dr O Hovorka
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Dr Ondrej Hovorka. Co-supervisor Prof Hans Fangohr. Project description. Skyrmionics is emerging as one of the most significant areas in magnetism with prospects to shape the research over the next few decades.
  2D Material Heterostructures and novel Twistronic Devices
  Dr N D M Hine
Applications accepted all year round

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Combining high performance and ultra-low power usage is the ultimate goal of materials technology for information processing. This research has led to whole new paradigms including “spintronics” and “valleytronics”.
  Adaptive probabilistic meshless methods for evolutionary systems
  Dr T Sullivan
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will develop and implement a new class of numerical solvers for evolving systems such as interacting fluid-structure flows.
  Atomistic modelling of fracture for irradiated materials
  Dr J Kermode
Applications accepted all year round

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Reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels used in nuclear power plants have very complex behaviour due to the large number of alloying elements.
  Electronic and phononic transport in highly heterogeneous nanomaterials and devices
  Dr N Neophytou
Applications accepted all year round

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Two thirds of all energy we use is lost into heat during conversion processes, a loss which puts enormous pressure on the planet, the use of fossil fuels, and energy sustainability.
  Gone in a flash: Femtosecond laser ablation of nanostructured alloys
  Dr P Brommer
Applications accepted all year round

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Laser ablation, the removal of material with intense light pulses, is an important subtractive manufacturing technique. Femtosecond (10-15 s) laser pulses can result in superior quality of e.g.
  Next generation sampling of organic molecules
  Dr L Bartok-Partay
Applications accepted all year round

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Models of simple flexible organic molecules, such as methane or carbon dioxide, have surprisingly rich phase diagrams showing numerous (and sometimes spurious) stable and metastable crystal structures.
  The Structure of Metal-Organic Interfaces
  Prof D P Woodruff, Dr G COSTANTINI
Applications accepted all year round

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Metal/organic interfaces (MOIs) play a crucial role in a range of practical applications. They strongly influence the performance of organic electronic devices (OEDs), but they also play an important role in a range of corrosion inhibitors and in the biocompatibility of medical implants.
  Tiny objects causing giant strength: Precipitate formation in superalloys
  Dr P Brommer
Applications accepted all year round

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The extraordinary strength of superalloys (used e.g. in aeroplane engines) is caused by nanoscale precipitates formed in an ageing process.
  Developing a Combined 105Pd NMR and XRD/Neutron Diffraction Approach to Enable the Study of Pd Metal Nanoparticle Systems Used in Industrial Catalytic Processes
  Dr J Hanna
Applications accepted all year round

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An ability to clearly relate local (short range) structure to the function of any material is a critical feature for any catalytic system.
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