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Fully Funded Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Welsh-medium PhD Scholarship:Radical Organic Electronics: Organic Radical Devices with Polarised Doublet Emission

Department of Chemistry

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Prof P Meredith , Dr E Evans No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
Swansea United Kingdom Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry Materials Science

About the Project

This scholarship is funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (50%) and Swansea University’s Chemistry Department (50%).

*As a condition of the Scholarship the doctoral dissertation is expected to be researched and written in Welsh.

Start date: October 2021

Subject areas: Chemistry, Radical Organic Electronics

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In this project, the photo- and spin physics of polarised light emission in radical materials will be investigated for organic electronics. Unlike most organic materials which contain all-paired electronics, the radicals’ unpaired electron has a quantum mechanical property called spin which gives rise to magnetism and ‘doublet’ character. We have shown that their spin properties can be combined with strong luminescence to make highly efficient organic light-emitting diodes for converting electricity to light [1,2]: more efficient than non-radical counterparts that have been used to date. The student will explore novel functionality to advance the state of the art in organic optoelectronics.

[1] Ai, X, Evans, E. W., Dong, S., Gillett, A. J., Guo, H., Chen, Y., Hele, T. J. H., Friend, R. H., Li, F., Nature, 2018, 563, 536-540.

[2] Abdurahman, A., Hele, T. J. H., Gu, Q., Zhang, J., Peng, Q., Zhang, M., Friend, R. H., Li, F., Evans, E. W. Nature Materials, 2020.

As a condition of the Scholarship the doctoral dissertation is expected to be researched and written in Welsh. The Scholarship holder will be expected to undertake some Welsh medium teaching within the Chemistry Department.


Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree: Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering or related subjects.

Funding Notes

Funding is available for a three-year fully funded scholarship from the Coleg Cymraeg / Swansea University (starting from October 2021 onwards), which covers tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,285.

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