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Engineering: Fully Funded M2A EngD: New Material For Catalysis: Solvent-Free Synthesis, Atomic Imaging And Selectivity Via Nanoparticle Beam Deposition

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Prof R Palmer and Dr P Bishop

Sponsoring company: Johnson Matthey Technology Centre

Nanoparticle beam deposition represents a radical new approach to the environmentally-friendly synthesis of nanoparticles for catalysis and biomedicine.

The method is solvent and thus effluent free and avoids toxic salts, thus satisfying the growing demand for sustainable manufacture.

The Nanomaterials lab at Swansea, specialises in upscaling from the previous microgram level to the gram+ level, enabling frontier research and development.

The Research Engineer will:

Based at Swansea, work collaboratively with the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (JMTC), Reading, and will focus on next generation materials for selective catalysis and battery applications.

Will interface to collaborative theory work at Swansea University and beyond. The project work will entail the design and fabrication of specific nanoparticles with the new Swansea cluster source, aiming to enhance selectivity in model chemical transformations. These will be characterised by advanced electron microscopy and their chemical performance measured to tune the nanoparticle design.

Swansea University is a top 30 UK institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2019 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to delivering high quality collaborative research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners.

Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunities to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.

The Athena SWAN charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committee to addressing unequal gender representation.

Applications from women are particularly welcomed. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

Eligibility
We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding
To be eligible for EPSRC funding, applicants should:

Be eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University.
Have settled status in the UK, meaning no restrictions on the length of stay in the UK; and be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant, apart from temporary or occasional absences.
Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:
http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/english-requirements

Funding Notes

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.

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