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Discovery of new p-type transparent conducting materials for the flat glass industry

   Department of Chemistry

  Prof M J Rosseinsky, Dr J Alaria,  Wednesday, February 15, 2023  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

An opportunity for a 3.5 year PhD position supported by NSG Group towards the discovery of new p-type transparent conducting materials.

This project aims to discover and develop new p-type materials with high optical transmission to enhance the functionality of glass towards a variety of applications such as solar energy control into buildings, photovoltaics or displays. The project will have a flexible approach focussing on discovering materials through bulk and thin film techniques (pulsed laser deposition, magnetron sputtering) with the ultimate aim of depositing the materials as coatings on glass substrates.

This project forms part of a larger collaboration with NSG around the discovery of new materials and you will work closely with other researchers investigating computational and machine learning methods to accelerate the discovery of new materials for the glass industry.

This project will be experimentally focussed, using bulk and thin film (Pulsed Laser Deposition) synthesis techniques available at University of Liverpool to prepare and characterise new materials and determine their properties. Opportunities for further development will employ other thin film deposition methods suitable for large-scale production on glass substrates e.g. chemical vapour deposition, magnetron sputtering, spray pyrolysis etc. in collaboration with NSG Group and will require use of the laboratories at the NSG Group Technical Centre at Lathom, Lancashire. There are extensive opportunities to use synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering facilities.

As well as obtaining knowledge and experience in materials synthesis and crystallographic techniques, the student will develop skills in teamwork and scientific communication as computational and experimental researchers within the team work closely together.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with a strong undergraduate interest and/or background in solid state chemistry, condensed matter physics, materials science or related fields.

For any enquiries please contact Dr Troy Manning at: 

To apply for this opportunity, please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/ and click on the 'Ready to apply? Apply online' button, to start your application. Please ensure you include the project title in your online application, and quote reference CCPR0050.

Funding Notes

Funding for this position will be jointly between University of Liverpool and NSG. The award will pay full tuition fees and maintenance grant for 3.5 years. The maintenance grant will be at the UKRI rate, currently £15,609.00 per annum 2021-22, subject to possible increase. Overseas students may be required to pay additional tuition fees.
The stipend will be paid in line with the standard UKRI rate and tuition fees covered at the UK rate. Non-UK applicants may have to contribute to the higher non-UK overseas fee.


1. C Collins, M S Dyer, M J Pitcher, G F S Whitehead, M Zanella, P Mandal, J B Claridge, G R Darling, & M J Rosseinsky, Accelerated discovery of two crystal structure types in a complex inorganic phase field, Nature 546 (2017) 280-284
2. J L Stoner, P A E Murgatroyd, M O'Sullivan, M S Dyer, T D Manning, J B Claridge, M J Rosseinsky and J Alaria, Chemical Control of Correlated Metals as Transparent Conductors Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 1808609
3. CA. Tzitzeklis, JK. Gupta, MS. Dyer, TD. Manning, MJ. Pitcher, HJ. Niu S. Savvin, J. Alaria, GR. Darling, JB. Claridge and MJ. Rosseinsky, Computational Prediction and Experimental Realization of p-Type Carriers in the Wide-Band-Gap Oxide SrZn1–xLixO2, Inorg. Chem. 57, (2018), 11874–11883.
4. Q D Gibson, M S Dyer, G F S Whitehead, J Alaria, M J Pitcher, H J Edwards, J B Claridge, M Zanella, K Dawson, T D Manning, et al. Bi4O4Cu1.7Se2.7Cl0.3: Intergrowth of BiOCuSe and Bi2O2Se Stabilized by the Addition of a Third Anion, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 (2017) 15568-15571
5. H C Sansom, G F S Whitehead, M S Dyer, M Zanella, T D Manning, M J Pitcher, T J Whittles, V R Dhanak, J Alaria, J B Claridge, et al., AgBiI4 as a Lead-Free Solar Absorber with Potential Application in Photovoltaics, Chem. Mater. 29 (2017) 1538-1549
6. P Mandal, M J Pitcher, J Alaria, H Niu, P Borisov, P Stamenov, J. B. Claridge, & M J Rosseinsky, Designing switchable polarization and magnetization at room temperature in an oxide, Nature 525 (2015) 363-366
7. M J Pitcher, P Mandal, M S Dyer, J Alaria, P Borisov, H Niu, J B Claridge, & M J Rosseinsky, Tilt engineering of spontaneous polarization and magnetization above 300 K in a bulk layered perovskite, Science 347 (2015) 420–424
8. J Alaria, P Borisov, M S Dyer, T D Manning, S Lepadatu, M G Cain, E D Mishina, N E Sherstyuk, N A Ilyin, J Hadermann, D Lederman, J B Claridge, & M J Rosseinsky, Engineered spatial inversion symmetry breaking in an oxide heterostructure built from isosymmetric room-temperature magnetically ordered components, Chem. Sci. 5 (2014) 1599–1610
9. M S Dyer, C Collins, D Hodgeman, P A Chater, A Demont, S Romani, R Sayers, M F Thomas, J B Claridge, G R Darling, & M J Rosseinsky, Computationally Assisted Identification of Functional Inorganic Materials, Science 340 (2013) 847–852.

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