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Flow-Diffraction-GCMS: towards kinetic information from single crystals for catalysis and selective adsorption applications

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Supervisory Team: Simon Coles & Graham Tizzard (Southampton); David Allan & Mark Warren (Diamond Light Source).

Project description

We are seeking a strong student with an understanding of chemistry to drive the development of single crystal diffraction methodology to produce and advance the understanding of solid-state reactivity.
This PhD provides an excellent, high-profile opportunity, working at national centres and with internationally recognized teams. The work will be highly collaborative, developing an in-operando approach by interfacing a single–crystal flow cell with a Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer and benchmarking with novel gas/solid catalysis. This will provide a step change in the ability to study catalytic reactions in the single crystal state and then be applied to understanding catalysis and gas separation/storage in extended (Metal-Organic Framework) materials.
Apparatus will be initially developed at the National Crystallography Service (Southampton, http://www.ncs.ac.uk/ ) before being transferred to beamline I19 of the Diamond Light Source (the UK national synchrotron in Oxfordshire, https://www.diamond.ac.uk/Home.html ), where you will spend the remaining time on the studentship. The application to catalysis will involve very close collaboration with the internationally renowned synthesis/catalysis groups of Prof Andrew Weller (Oxford) and Prof Matthew Rosseinsky (Liverpool). Finally, the studentship will explore the transportability of the apparatus to other beamlines and look to engage the wider chemistry community, particularly through the Catalysis Hub at Harwell (https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/) .
We therefore seek an independent and motivated researcher prepared to work at multiple sites to integrate and collaborate with different teams. You will have design and engineering skills, experience of implementing new methodologies and the ability to apply techniques to novel cutting-edge chemistry. An ability to present and communicate findings is a key aspect and we encourage applications from students with a background in any of the Engineering or Physical Sciences and an understanding of molecular and materials chemistry.
Some further details are available on the Diamond website at:
https://www.diamond.ac.uk/Careers/Students/Studentships/2019-PhD-1759.html

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof Simon Coles, Director of the National Crystallography Service, Email: , Tel: +44 (0) 2380 596722.

Key facts

Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2019 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

The project is funded for 3.5 years and welcomes applicants from the UK and EU who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in Chemistry or allied subjects/relevant disciplines. Funding will cover fees and a stipend at current research council rates per annum. (predicted 201920 rates are £15.009).
Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK students and EU students who meet the RCUK eligibility criteria.
For further guidance on funding, please contact
Applying: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

Funding Notes

The project is funded for 3.5 years and welcomes applicants from the UK and EU who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in Chemistry or allied subjects/relevant disciplines. Funding will cover fees and an enhanced stipend.

Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK students and EU students who meet the RCUK eligibility criteria

References

Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at https://studentrecords.soton.ac.uk/BNNRPROD/bzsksrch.P_Search

Click on the Research radio button, ensure you select 2019-20 in the academic year field and enter Chemistry in the search text field. Click ‘search for programme’. Select PhD Chemistry (Full Time) to begin your application.

Please place Prof Simon Coles in the field for proposed supervisor/project

General enquiries should be made to Professor Simon Coles at [email protected] Any queries on the application process should be made to [email protected]

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