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  iCASE: Formulation Behaviour at Complex Liquid-Solid Interfaces
  Research Group: Multiscale Modelling
  Dr F Siperstein, Dr A Patti
Application Deadline: 28 June 2020

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A fully-funded iCASE PhD position in Formulation Behaviour at Complex Liquid-Solid Interfaces is available in the Multiscale Modelling Group at the University of Manchester, working with Dr Flor Siperstein and Dr Alessandro Patti, in collaboration with Dr Breanndán Ó Conchúir from IBM Research UK.
  Understanding hydrocarbon behaviour in realistic zeolite cracking catalysts using neutron scattering and molecular modelling
  Dr A O'Malley
Application Deadline: 25 February 2020

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The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project supervised by Dr Alexander O’Malley https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/alexander-omalley in the Department of Chemistry and Dr Jeff Armstrong from ISIS Neutron and Muon Science https://www.isis.stfc.ac.uk/Pages/Dr-Jeff-Armstrong.aspx.
  Long-term behaviour of nuclear wasteforms under geological disposal conditions
  Dr AH Mir
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Geological disposal of nuclear waste is an internationally accepted methodology for nuclear waste management and pursued by the United Kingdom.
  PhD position - Microscopic dynamic properties of antibody solutions
  Dr O Matsarskaia, Dr T Seydel
Applications accepted all year round

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Ref. InnovaXN_29_ ILL. Categorisation. Places of work. - Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France. Contract type. Contract, start on 2020-09-07.
  EPR spectroscopy of 4f- and 5f-complexes
  Prof E McInnes, Prof D Collison, Dr F Tuna
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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EPR (Electron Paramagnetic Resonance) spectroscopy is a powerful but underused tool to study f-block (lanthanide and actinide) complexes.
  Solution and Interfacial Properties of Biosourced Anionic Surfactants
  Prof K Edler, Dr S E Lewis
Application Deadline: 29 March 2020

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The University of Bath is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD position in the Department of Chemistry under the supervision of Prof Karen Edler (https://people.bath.ac.uk/chske/) and Dr Simon Lewis (https://people.bath.ac.uk/sl288/) from the University of Bath and Dr Craig Fairgrieve from Unilever.
  Molecular Understanding of the role of Surface Functionality on the properties of cellulose films and surfaces
  Prof Steve Parker, Prof J L Scott
Application Deadline: 23 February 2020

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The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath has launched a joint PhD programme with Monash University, Australia.
  A Comparative Study of Metallic Ions in the Atmospheres of Earth and Mars
  Prof J Plane
Applications accepted all year round

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Metals are injected into planetary atmospheres by the ablation of interplanetary dust particles. The major species (Fe, Mg and Na) exist as atoms and ions that are excellent tracers of dynamics and chemistry.
  Foam improved oil recovery
  Dr P Grassia, Dr L Lue
Applications accepted all year round

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Typically in oil and gas production, only a small fraction of the oil present manages to flow out of an oil reservoir under the reservoir’s own pressure.
  Dyes and Liquid Crystals: Molecular Designs for Guest-Host Applications
  Dr J N Moore, Dr S Cowling
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. A variety of devices for colour and monochrome displays can be obtained by incorporating a dye as a guest in a liquid crystalline (LC) host, providing a flexible route to light-scattering devices that can operate in strong ambient light, including outdoors.
  Bio-inspired quantum-enhanced light harvesting (EPS2020/22)
  Dr E Gauger
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Bio-inspired nanostructures are ideal candidates for quantum-engineered antennae. This project aims to identify ways of harnessing the interplay of quantum effects and dissipation to underpin next-generation technologies for light-harvesting.
  Atomically engineered heterostructures for quantum IDs
  Dr S Jarvis, Prof R Young
Applications accepted all year round

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The incredible properties of 2D materials and vdW heterostructures provide a rich playground of exploration owing to their elegant quantum mechanical nature.
  Development of novel refrigerants with low global warming potential (Advert Reference: SF19/EE/MCE/VICENTE)
  Dr YS Vicente, Prof K Mahkamov
Applications accepted all year round

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In 2016, a global environmental agreement was introduced to phase out the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants with global warming potential (GWP) by years 2036 to 2047, starting in 2019.
  Low-field NMR studies to probe motion and dynamics in rock pore structures
  Dr C D'Agostino
Applications accepted all year round

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Quantification of transport and dynamics in rock pore structures is essential for understanding, optimising and enhancing oil and gas recovery as well as assess the capacity and effectiveness for CO2 storage.
  Novel ways to model complex flows
  Research Group: Multiscale Modelling
  Prof A Masters
Applications accepted all year round

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While the equations governing the flow of Newtonian liquids like water or petrol are well-understood and excellent numerical methods exist to make accurate predictions of how such liquids will behave, the situation regarding complex fluids, such as blood, paint, shampoos, etc, is considerably less well understood.
  Two-dimensional layered materials as catalysts for fine chemical production
  Dr C D'Agostino
Applications accepted all year round

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Catalysts are substances that can speed up chemical reactions and/or increase reaction selectivity without consuming themselves. Relative to non-catalytic processes, catalysed reactions perform through more energy efficient routes, in which reactants are able to be used more efficiently.
  Establishing NMR chemical shifts as reliable reporters of atomic charge distributions in enzymes
  Prof J Waltho, Prof P Popelier
Applications accepted all year round

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Enzymes are not only central to life but also to the growing need to harness elements of the natural world to the benefit of mankind.
  Next generation solid-state sodium electrolytes for battery and sensor applications
  Prof P S Salmon, Dr A Zeidler
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project is on the development of sodium-based solid-state electrolytes for re-chargeable battery and sensor applications.
  Synthesis and functional studies of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) derived from high oxidation state metal ions
  Research Group: Chemistry and Biosciences
  Dr S Nayak, Dr K Afarinkia
Applications accepted all year round

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Metal-organic frameworks or MOFs are a class of porous materials made of metal ions and rigid organic linkers which are known secondary building units or SBUs.
  Fuel structure effects on wildfire hazard assessments
  Dr R Hadden
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Wildfire risk is changing in the UK. As the climate changes it is anticipated that the UK will experience longer periods of drier, hotter weather and that this will result in conditions that mean wildfire occurrence and fire danger will increase.
  Towards Production of Bulk Phase, Rare Earth-Free Magnets
  Research Group: Condensed Matter
  Dr O Cespedes
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Towards production of bulk phase, rare earth-free magnets via novel nanocarbon-metal hybrids with high energy products at room temperature.
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The University of Lethbridge – School of Graduate Studies. Located where the Rocky Mountains meet Alberta's Prairies, the University of Lethbridge is one of Canada's leading universities and research institutions.
  “Operando” Characterisation of oxide-supported bimetallic Pd/Pt Nanocatalysts
  Dr G Held
Applications accepted all year round

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"“Operando” studies of catalyst surfaces under reaction conditions have emerged recently as a very valuable tool for improving catalysts for energy applications and exhaust purification.
  Nanostructured materials for energy applications and sensing.
  Dr J Elliott
Applications accepted all year round

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The proposed research area concerns the fabrication and study of the behaviour of mesoporous electrodes. The main focus of the project will be to undertake the control of surface macro-morphology and nanostructure and to investigate how these properties influence surface activity and electrode performance.
  Investigating mechanism, reactivity and catalysis in organic, supramolecular and biological chemistry
  Prof NH Williams
Applications accepted all year round

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We are interested in designing and synthesising organic molecules to investigate the basis of catalysis, and to apply these principles to designing our own, artificial catalysts.
  Surface texturing of coated surfaces for demanding nanotribology applications
  Prof B Inkson, Dr A Leyland
Application Deadline: 10 March 2020

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Plasma-assisted CVD and PVD coatings, such as Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) and transition-metal ceramic nitrides (eg. CrN; TiN), provide improved friction control and/or wear resistance in bearing applications involving rolling/sliding.
  Simulations of rheological properties of lubricants under operational conditions
  Prof C K Skylaris
Application Deadline: 26 February 2020

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Supervisor. Chris-Kriton Skylaris. Co-supervisor Denis Kramer. Project description.
  Nucleation of organic crystals in flows: Discover how organic crystals nucleate and how fluid flows can be used to influence this
  Prof J Sefcik, Dr M Haw
Applications accepted all year round

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Nucleation is a birth of new crystals.
  Sustainable paper making using foam
  Dr P Grassia, Dr L Lue
Applications accepted all year round

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Despite the advent of 21st century electronic communications, paper remains one of the most widely utilised materials in the world.
  Unlocking accurate macroscopic predictions: expanding the boundaries of developing atomic interaction models
  Dr L Bartok-Partay
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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A PhD studentship is available in the research group of Livia Bartok-Partay, with anticipated start date in October 2020.
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