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Electronic and phononic transport in highly heterogeneous nanomaterials and devices

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Two thirds of all energy we use is lost into heat during conversion processes, a loss which puts enormous pressure on the planet, the use of fossil fuels, and energy sustainability. Thermoelectric materials could be part of the solution, as they convert waste heat into electricity, but their large scale implementation is hindered by low efficiencies and material availability. The project uses atomistic and quantum transport methods to investigate and optimize new generation nanostructured materials with complex electronic and phononic structures, that could boost the thermoelectric figure of merit to unprecedented levels.

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/research/grouplist/sensorsanddevices/computational_nanotechnology_lab/

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (HetSys) training programme is designed to enable students to become high-quality computational scientists who are comfortable working in interdisciplinary environments, have excellent communication skills, and are well prepared for a wide range of future careers in areas where there is demonstrable need.

The four-year training programme consists of PhD project and integrated taught modules, leading to the award of a postgraduate diploma.

We are looking for enthusiastic students from across the physical sciences who enjoy using their mathematical skills and thinking flexibly to solve complex problems. We require at least a 2(i) honours degree at BSc or an integrated masters degree (e.g. MPhys, MChem, MSci, MEng etc.) in a physical sciences, mathematics or engineering discipline.

There is no formal deadline by which applications must be submitted, but applicants should note that applications can only be considered once all supporting documentation has been received, and that both places to study and available funding will be limited. Therefore early submission of your application to study is encouraged.

Please note applications for the studentship for an exceptional student of any citizenship closed on 31 January 2020.
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/hetsys/projects/2020/

Funding Notes

HetSys provides funding for the four-year programme to UK and EU students (who meet the required UK residency criteria). For other EU students, fee-only funding is available.

In addition, one studentship per year may be offered to an exceptional student of any citizenship. Applications for this studentship closed on 31 January 2020.

The studentships pay a stipend to cover maintenance as well as paying the university fees and research training support. The stipend is at the standard UKRI rate (for 2019/20 that is £15,009 per annum).

References

Laura de Sousa Oliveira and Neophytos Neophytou, ‘Large-scale molecular dynamics investigation of geometrical features in nanoporous Si,’ Phys. Rev. B 100, 035409 (2019).

Chathurangi Kumarasinghe and Neophytos Neophytou, ‘Band alignment and scattering considerations for enhancing the thermoelectric power factor of complex materials: The case of Co-based half-Heusler,’ Phys. Rev. B 99, 195202 (2019).

How good is research at University of Warwick in Physics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 54.60

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