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In situ study of piston deposit formation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

UCL Chemistry is offering a fully funded studentship to a highly motivated candidate to start as soon as possible. The studentship will cover tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend (tax free) for three years.

The project will be in collaboration with a UK-based company which carries out research into the development of new engine lubricants. The student will carry out his/ her doctoral research at the Research Complex at Harwell but where required will also conduct some of the project at the industrial sponsor’s site.

The aim of the project is to use advanced characterisation methods and in-situ environments in order to understand the process/processes by which deposits form within internal combustion engines.

The ambition of this project is to study the formation process of deposits from engine lubricating oil under in-situ conditions to determine the method by which they form. Previous studies have shown that heating thin films of oil under a flow of oxygen can lead to deposits that relate to those found in real engine environments. Through employing in-situ characterisation methods, including X-ray scatter/ spectroscopy based imaging or optical spectroscopic techniques such as IR, Raman and UV-Vis, lubricant decomposition through to solid deposits of a lubricating oil can be observed. The aim is to ascertain differences in the deposit forming tendencies of lubricants and gain an insight into the mechanism of deposit formation.

Interested candidates should contact Prof. Andrew M. Beale () with a degree transcript and a motivation letter expressing interest in this project. The applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in physics, chemistry or related subject ideally with some experience of lubricants, molecular or solid-state chemistry and/or X-ray/optical spectroscopy methods. Informal inquiries are encouraged. Applications will be accepted until 30 June 2019 but the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified.

Funding Notes

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to applicants from the UK and EU, who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years preceding their start on the programme or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

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