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  Discovery of functional solid state mixed anion materials


   School of Chemistry

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  Dr J Cumby  Applications accepted all year round

About the Project

A PhD studentship in inorganic materials chemistry is available in the group of Dr James Cumby (School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh; http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/staff/academic-staff/dr-james-cumby).

The quest for new inorganic functional materials (such as those possessing useful electronic, magnetic or ionic properties) plays an important role in developing future technologies such as energy or data storage. Ceramic materials show continued interest for the wide range of physical properties they display, and their chemical flexibility. One approach to materials discovery gaining interest is to combine multiple anions in order to tune material properties, for example in metal oxide-fluorides. The relationship between the additional structural freedom introduced by anion mixing and functional properties is an area of active research.

This project will explore the synthesis of new solid-state transition metal oxyfluoride materials, and characterisation of their atomic structure and physical properties. This work will combine data-driven computational approaches for materials prediction, experimental synthesis and characterisation of promising compounds. The exact balance of computational and experimental approaches will be tailored to fit the interests and abilities of the successful candidate. The position will provide excellent training across a broad range of experimental and computational methods in materials chemistry. Example experimental techniques include high-temperature solid-state synthesis, topotactic fluorination, x-ray and neutron crystallography and variable temperature physical property characterisation (in conjunction with the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, University of Edinburgh), while computational methods include structural database mining and machine learning.

Applications are welcomed from students with a 2:1 or higher master’s degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related degree. 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]

Formal applications are made through the University’s EUCLID system: http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate-research/applications-and-entry-requirements. This position will remain open until filled.

The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. The University is a member of the Race Equality Charter and is a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information: https://www.ed.ac.uk/equality-diversity/help-advice/family-friendly

Funding Notes

The studentship is fully funded for 36 months and covers tuition fees and an annual stipend (starting at £15,009 per annum) for a candidate satisfying EPSRC criteria: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/

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