Reference number: CM/IW-Un2/2019 School: School of Science Location: Loughborough UK/EU Fee band: Research Band 2 Laboratory Based (£TBC) International Fee band: Research Band 2 Laboratory Based (£21,100) Full Time/Part Time Duration: 3 Years/6 Years
Harnessing solar energy presents one of the most promising routes by which to overcome mankinds reliance on fossil fuels and to begin to mediate the damage being caused by increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and climate change.
Sunlight may be used, for example, to split water into oxygen and hydrogen which may then be used as a fuel or to generate electricity directly in a photovoltaic cell.
This PhD project will focus on the synthesis of surface functionalised covalent organic frameworks which can self-organise into intelligent assemblies capable of converting solar energy efficiently into chemical or electrical energy.
Candidates should be confident in multi-step organic synthetic chemistry and aspects of spectroscopy (UV/vis, luminescence, etc.)