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  Crystallography of disorder in mixed-anion materials

   School of Chemistry

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  Dr J Cumby  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Crystalline materials play a key role in modern technologies, from battery components to pharmaceuticals. Increasingly, however, materials scientists are discovering that atomic disorder and correlations occurring over short length scales have a significant influence on the overall physical properties. This project aims to develop new tools to analyse these interactions using single crystal X-ray diffraction in order to improve our understanding of real materials.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team combining experimental and computational methods to discover new materials. The project aims to develop computational tools to simplify the analysis of diffuse X-ray or neutron scattering from single (often micro) crystals, and apply them to understand the structure and chemistry of new metal oxyfluoride materials developed within the group. The work will combine the development of new software tools with experimental collection and analysis of cutting-edge diffuse scattering data using synchrotron sources.

The successful candidate will be trained in a wide portfolio of skills, ranging from advanced diffraction methods, software development and machine learning techniques through to communication between different scientific disciplines, teamwork and collaboration. The candidate is expected to have a strong interest in structural chemistry, and experience of total scattering analysis would be considered an advantage. Applications are welcomed from students with a first- or second-class degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, materials science or a related discipline. In the first instance, informal enquiries (accompanied by a CV) should be directed to:

Dr James Cumby, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, David Brewster Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FJ, UK.

Email: [Email Address Removed]

The deadline for applications is 25th November 2022. The studentship must commence before 31st January 2023.

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Funding Notes

A fully funded PhD studentship in inorganic materials chemistry is available in the group of Dr James Cumby (School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh; ). The studentship is fully funded for 42 months by the University of Edinburgh and covers tuition fees and an annual stipend (starting at £17,668 per annum) for a candidate satisfying EPSRC residency criteria.

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