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Electro-catalysis over 2D materials

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

PhD Supervisor: Dr Rosa Arrigo, Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Salford and Honorary Research Scientist, Diamond Light Source.


This is a unique and cutting-edge PhD research opportunity in the multidisciplinary field of materials chemistry and electro-catalysis for a student with a strong background in chemistry / electrochemistry interested in applying knowledge and developing innovative 2D electro-catalysts for carbon dioxide utilization. The use of graphene-derived materials and other 2D systems holds promise for realizing the multi-electron reduction of carbon dioxide. The candidate will work towards the optimization of controlled electrode preparation via chemical vapour deposition as well as electro-catalytic testing.

The detailed structural analysis of the synthesized materials will employ a variety of characterization techniques including synchrotron techniques. While the studentship will be based at the University of Salford, collaboration with the University of Manchester and the state-of-the-art facilities at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire are envisaged. The successful applicant should have a background in chemistry or electrochemistry and have practical knowledge of at least some of the following: CVD, electrochemical methodologies, materials characterization using spectroscopic techniques including data analysis.

Eligibility and desired criteria

We are actively seeking an enthusiastic individual with:
• A 1st or 2.1 Honours degree and/or a Masters (MSc) in chemistry or a related subject;
· Excellent chemical laboratory skills and use of instrumentation
· Excellent mathematical skills
· A passion and enthusiasm to challenge the state of the art in sustainable chemistry and technology
Additional notes

On how to apply and for informal enquiries please contact Dr Rosa Arrigo at:

The project is available for self-funded students only.

To apply for this PhD you will need to complete a full application via the University of Salford application process, please ensure you list your potential supervisor as Dr Rosa Arrigo and you mention the title Electro-catalysis over 2D materials.

The next intake is May 2020 and the deadline for applications is 28 February 2020.

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