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A 3.5 year PhD studentship in development of anion-deficient inorganic materials for applications in electrochemical processes


Project Description

The Studentship
This position is fully funded by the UCL-A*STAR Collaborative Programme via the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science (M3S CDT) at UCL. The student will be registered for a PhD at UCL where he/she will spend year 1 and the first six months of year 4. The second and third years of the PhD will be spent at the A*STAR ICES in Singapore. The Studentship will cover tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend £16777 (tax free) pro rata in years 1 and 4. During years 2 and 3, the student will receive a full stipend directly from A*STAR. In addition, A*STAR will provide the student with one-off relocation allowance. Please note that, due to funding restrictions, only UK/EU citizens are eligible for this studentship.

The Project
Anion vacancies in transition-metal oxides have been shown to be instrumental in facilitating critical chemical reactions applicable in energy storage or conversion processes. Furthermore, anion vacancies may also lead to interesting multifunctional properties originating from electron correlation, e.g. conductivity, multi-ferroicity, and metal−insulator transitions.

In this project the student will synthesise and characterise new types of anion-deficient inorganic materials to be used in energy storage or conversion applications via photo- and/or electrochemical reaction. We aim to develop and characterise materials derived from various transition metal oxides and mixed-anions, particularly perovskites and related structure. Suitable materials will be applied in energy storage or conversion reaction catalytic activity.

The candidate will be trained in synthesis of parent perovskite and related mixed anion structure and different ways to induce anion vacancies, using solid-state synthesis or hydrothermal synthesis. At A*STAR, the candidate will be trained in electrochemistry and exploration of electrochemical routes for topotactic reduction.

Please contact Dr Robert Palgrave () for further details or to express an interest.

Applications will be accepted until 15 July 2019 but the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found.


Funding Notes

The successful applicant should have or expect to achieve 1st or 2:1 class Integrated Masters degree (MSci, MChem, etc.) or 2:1 minimum BSc plus stand-alone Masters degree with Merit in Chemistry, materials science, or condensed matter physics. The successful applicant will demonstrate strong interest and self-motivation in the subject, good experimental practice and the ability to think analytically and creatively. Good computer skills, plus good presentation and writing skills in English, are required. Previous research experience in contributing to a collaborative interdisciplinary research environment is highly desirable but not necessary as training will be provided

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