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Exploring 2D molecular arrays as a route to controlling the atomic structure of electrocatalytic carbon nanoelectrodes


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

About the Project

This inter-disciplinary project, based across the Schools of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Leeds, will develop new nanostructured assemblies on surfaces to be exploited in electrocatalysis and sensing applications. In particular, metal functionalised fullerene derivatives will be synthesised in Dr Chamberlain’s group and the affinity of the carbon cages for surfaces will be harnessed to generate 2D molecular arrays via solution and gas phase deposition in ambient and ultra-high vacuum environments on surfaces in Dr Sweetman’s group. You will investigate the structural relationship between molecules and supra-molecular arrays in 2D, perform cutting edge surface characterisation of molecular arrays and exploit lithographic techniques to generate bespoke nanostructures. The value of the approach will be demonstrated through utilisation of these structures in exemplar catalytic reactions. In summary, this new approach to generating nanomaterials in which the location of the active species, i.e. the metal component, can be controlled at the atomic scale will open up a whole new set of solutions to the world’s technological challenges.

Funding Notes

UK/EU: Alumni Bursary for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees.
International Students: China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship award paying Academic Fees for 3 years;  Alumni Bursary for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees.
Self-Funding Students are also welcome to apply.

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