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Full time PhD studentship: Discovery of New Nanomaterials - Design, Synthesis and Application using Calixarenes

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  • Full or part time
    Dr N Power
    Dr N Chatterton
    Dr J Golding
    Dr S Kellici
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project will involve chemical synthesis of materials, including organic synthesis of calixarenes, and designing and developing methodologies for their application in the systematic nano-engineering of materials in the reduced dimensions.

Materials based on nano-sized particles or those tailored to have nano-architectures in well-defined size and shapes, have drawn much attention from across the scientific community and industry due to their promise of exceptional properties at the reduced dimensions.

Current methods for producing nanomaterials have many challenging elements, these include control over parameters such as solubility, functionalization, uniformity, reproducibility, mono-dispersibility of the nanoparticles, and the nucleation and growth of those that are crystalline. Typically, a variety of agents maybe employed to enhance biocompatibility, provide functionality, and prevent agglomeration, control particle growth, stabilize dispersion, and in the case of metals, limit their surface oxidation. Therefore, in this context, calixarenes are being put forward as controlling/modifying agents to enhance stability, moderate size distribution and shape, morphology, control surface activity and performance in the targeted applications of nanoparticles. Calix[n]arenes are robust macrocyclic molecules consisting of n phenolic units linked to each other by methylene bridges, where n = 4 to 8, the molecules can have a defined but flexible architecture for further molecular framework construction and derivatization.

The materials generated will undergo thorough evaluation, not only of their chemico-physical properties but also their possible applications for example, as sensors, sensitising agents, photovoltaics, and beyond. These will be explored through established collaborations both within and outside the Open University.

Interested candidates with a good undergraduate chemistry, materials sciences, pharmaceutical science, engineering, or a relevant subject degree are encouraged to informally contact Dr Nick Power ([Email Address Removed] ; website ) to further discuss the project.

How to Apply

Please send an email with your CV, a completed application form ( and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date) to [Email Address Removed]

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 15th March 2020.

Funding Notes

Stipend: £15,009 per year. No tuition fees.

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