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Imaging the Dynamics of Inelastic and Reactive Scattering of Gas-Phase Radicals

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Matthew Costen
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Small radicals, such as NO, OH and CH, are significant in the chemistry of a range of important environments, e.g. combustion, the atmosphere, technological plasmas and in astrochemistry. In collisions with other molecules, they may transfer rotational, vibrational or electronic energy, or undergo reaction. Detailed understanding of these processes and the forces acting during collisions is vital to modelling of these environments. You will apply state-of-the-art crossed molecular beam scattering, coupled with high-resolution laser spectroscopy and velocity-map ion-imaging, to study the dynamics of the collisions of these radicals with representative atoms and molecules. Comparison to high level electronic structure and scattering theory will be used to interpret the results.

You will receive an excellent training in modern aspects of experimental science, including: laser spectroscopy; high vacuum technology; electronic data capture; computer modelling. You will be part of a vibrant chemical dynamics research group of academics, post-docs, and PhD students.

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You should have, or expect to receive, a First class or 2:1 MChem degree in Chemistry, or equivalent in a relevant related subject.

The Institute of Chemical Sciences (ICS) is an excellent environment for PhD research, with a thriving community of academics, post-doctoral and PhD researchers. ICS has many links to the other research institutes within the overall umbrella of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, providing a strong interdisciplinary theme to our research. Heriot-Watt occupies an attractive campus site on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with excellent public transport links to the centre of one of the Europe’s most exciting cities.

Funding Notes

EPSRC funded studentship: 3.5 years, tuition and stipend at the EPSRC standard rate (approx. £14,000 p.a.), only UK or EU citizens resident in the UK for the last 3 years are eligible. EU citizens not meeting the EU residence requirement may be eligible for a fees-only award.

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