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Aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) of inorganic and hybrid materials

Project Description

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (CAS) is inviting applications for a PhD research project at the University of Bath.

The CAS training programme will include a period of intensive training in year 1 hosted by the CAS hub at the University of Bristol. More details about CAS and the Aerosol Science programme may be found here:

Project lead supervisor:
Dr Andrew Johnson, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, email

Project co-supervisor:
Prof Mike Hill, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath

Project overview:

Our future prosperity will depend upon the availability of efficient, robust and scalable semiconductor technologies for energy conversion, lighting, communications and control. Printable electronics have the potential to revolutionize many sectors, by enabling a distributed electronic society where, for example, power generating and lighting functions can be integrated into textiles or building materials.

This project will exploit the use of aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AA-CVD) to develop inorganic/organic hybrid semiconducting materials, specifically semiconducting nanocrystals (NCs) e.g. SnS, Sb2S3, Ag2S and FeS2, embedded within a conducting organic polymer matrices (e.g. the hole-transporting polymer poly 3-hexylthiophene (P3HT)). Our unique approach is based upon the controlled in-situ thermal decomposition of precursors, such as metal xanthates, inside a semiconducting polymer film, capable of forming the NCs in-situ. The project will develop a range of thin films comprising electron-transporting NC networks in the hole-transporting polymers, which exhibit features such as high yields of charge photo-generation and impressive device power conversion efficiencies

For more information about the research, please contact Dr Andrew Johnson on .

The candidate:

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second class MSci honours degree or international equivalent in an area of physical science, engineering or biological science. Applicants with an upper second class BSc honours degree may be considered if they can demonstrate good potential for research.

Applicants who first language is not English and whose full undergraduate degree was not taught in an English-speaking country, must hold/achieve a minimum score in an approved English language test

How to apply:

We recommend you first discuss your interest in applying to CAS with the project lead supervisor.

To apply to CAS to study for a PhD in Aerosol Science, you should send the following to the CAS administrator at by the application deadline of 15 March 2019:

• A completed proforma which you can download from this link:

• A Curriculum Vitae.

NOTE: Applications will be considered until the position is filled; therefore, early application is strongly recommended.

Funding Notes

CAS funding is for up to 4 years and is open to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK since September 2016.

A studentship will provide UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance in line with the UKRI Doctoral stipend rate (£15,009 in 2019/20) and an allowance for research expenses and travel.


Aerosol-Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition of ZnS from Thioureide Single Source Precursors. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b03363

Polymorph-Selective Deposition of High Purity SnS Thin Films from a Single Source Precursor.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b03220

How good is research at University of Bath in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

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