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Ice nucleation and the wetting of solid surfaces

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

Project Description

Water is ubiquitous in our environment and is involved in many surface processes, ranging from technical systems, such as the redox reactions involved in fuel cell systems, through to environmental processes that drive climate change, such as ice nucleation in clouds. Despite this, little is known about the behaviour of water near a solid interface, nor how this effects the local properties of water, such as transport, solvation, etc. This project will investigate the structure of water in thin films and the microscopic mechanisms underpinning heterogeneous ice nucleation at solid surfaces. In particular, this project will examine ice nucleation at regular linear arrays of hydrophilic and hydrophobic binding sites that mimic the structures found in naturally occurring ice forming proteins to understand how the density, corrugation and pattern of binding sites influences ice growth. The successful applicant will use a range of state of the art surface analysis probes, including, low temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), low current electron diffraction and temperature programmed desorption. This project will build on previous work in this area, see J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, (2018) 15804; Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, (2018) 076101; Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 20, (2018) 16743.

Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to the EPSRC website. The award is primarily available to students resident in the UK/EU and will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years (currently £14,777 p.a.). It is anticipated that the successful candidate will start in September/October 2019. Non-EU nationals are not eligible for this position and applications from non-EU candidates will not be considered unless you have your own funding. Students will be expected to undertake some teaching in Chemistry as part of their PhD training.

Applications are encouraged from highly motivated candidates who have, or expect to have, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics or a related subject. Applications should be made as soon as possible, but no later than 31/5/2019, by enclosing a letter of application, CV and the names of two academic referees to Prof Andrew Hodgson ( ). Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until the suitable candidate is appointed. Informal enquiries to discuss the project are welcome and should be addressed to Prof Andrew Hodgson ()

Funding Notes

The award is primarily available to students resident in the UK/EU and will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years (currently £14,777 p.a.). It is anticipated that the successful candidate will start in September/October 2019. Non-EU nationals are not eligible for this position and applications from non-EU candidates will not be considered unless you have your own funding. Students will be expected to undertake some teaching in Chemistry as part of their PhD training

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