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  Advancing hyperpolarised solid-state NMR spectroscopy for materials science


   Department of Chemical Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This PhD project is open to a wide range of research directions, depending on the interests and abilities of the candidate. The main topic will concern the application and development of methods for advanced NMR investigations of hyperpolarised solids. This will involve varying proportions of hands-on experimentation, theoretical work, numerical simulations, and data analysis.

The PhD student will benefit from not only the excellent academic environment at the University of Manchester, but also from access to state-of-the-art instrumentation such as the recent EPSRC-UoM funded 700 MHz NMR spectrometer, the UK high-field solid-state NMR facility, and the UK DNP MAS NMR facility.   

Solid-state NMR spectroscopy is highly suited to the study of local atomic environments, in both crystalline and disordered materials. It can be used to determine atomic-scale structures of organic and inorganic systems as well as their dynamics. Here, the developed methods will have the potential to characterise materials and their interfaces, elucidating structure-function relationships. These materials will be derived from the strong surrounding research at the University of Manchester, in areas such as catalysis (metal-organic frameworks, zeolites), gas capture/separation, semiconductors, nanoparticles and quantum dots, graphene-based composites, minerals, biomaterials, and pharmaceuticals, among others. The detailed understanding enabled by this PhD will lead to the rational design of improved, innovative materials.   

Eligibility

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, or related subject. A Master’s degree and/or relevant experience in NMR spectroscopy is desirable. 

Funding

If you are not eligible for funding, at Manchester we offer a range of scholarships, studentships and awards at university, faculty and department level, to support both UK and overseas postgraduate researchers.

For more information, visit our funding page or search our funding database for specific scholarships, studentships and awards you may be eligible for.

Before you apply

We strongly recommend that you contact the supervisor for this project before you apply.

How to apply

To be considered for this project you’ll need to complete a formal application through our online application portal

When applying, you’ll need to specify the full name of this project, the name of your supervisor, how you’re planning on funding your research, details of your previous study, and names and contact details of two referees.

Your application will not be processed without all of the required documents submitted at the time of application, and we cannot accept responsibility for late or missed deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions about making an application, please contact our admissions team by emailing

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact.

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder).

Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24)

Funding Notes

The project is fully funded for home students; you will receive tuition fees and a tax free stipend set at the UKRI rate (£18,622 for 23/24). If you are not eligible for funding, at Manchester we offer a range of scholarships, studentships and awards at university, faculty and department level, to support both UK and overseas postgraduate researchers.

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