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A 3-year PhD studentship in Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet Assisted Manufacture Electrocatalytic Materials


Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Material Science, UCL

Prof Daren Caruana Saturday, July 31, 2021 Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
London United Kingdom Inorganic Chemistry Physical Chemistry

About the Project

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 in IMRE of A*STAR in Singapore. The studentship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate, and an annual stipend of no less than £17,285 increasingly annually with inflation (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 a one-off relocation allowance.

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship only opens to UK nationals, EU nationals with settled/pre-settled status. Please note that we are currently seeking clarity from the Department for Education on how EU students with pre-settled and settled status will be considered in terms of fee status as the studentship only covers home fees.

Start Date: 27 September 2021

Location: London (1.5 years), Singapore (2 years)

The project

A major bottleneck of underpinning the fabrication of batteries, electrolysers, photovoltaics, and electrocatalytic reactors development today is the lack of simple and accessible means to deposit metal alloys with great control over its composition and physical dimensions. In this regard, techniques that enables systematic deposition of metal alloys with controllable composition are of great interest. The ability to print and pattern of multi-materials in a single step process with high adhesion onto virtually any substrates is an essential process for many high value devices.

In this project, the ultimate aim will be to explore a method for single step synthesis of multi-materials on a variety of substrates to be tested as electrocatalysts for a variety of applications including CO2 conversion. Broadly, the training in plasma jet synthesis will be provided at UCL in the laboratory of Prof Caruana. Later, the testing of the materials as electrocatalysts will be done in Singapore in the laboratory of Dr. Handoko.

The Candidate

The successful applicant should have or expect to achieve a 1st or 2:1 class integrated Masters degree (MEng, MSci, MChem etc.) or equivalent in chemistry or materials science. 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.

Please contact Prof Daren Caruana () or Dr. Albertus Denny Handoko () for further details or to express an interest.

Applications will be accepted until 31 July 2021, but the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found.


Funding Notes

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship only opens to UK nationals, EU nationals with settled/pre-settled status. Please note that we are currently seeking clarity from the Department for Education on how EU students with pre-settled and settled status will be considered in terms of fee status as the studentship only covers home fees.

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