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Inelastic and Reactive Scattering Dynamics of NO and OH (EPS2022/05)


   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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  Prof Matthew Costen  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The NO and OH radicals are important in a wide range of environments, including planetary atmospheres, combustion and technological plasmas. You will use state-of-the-art crossed molecular beam scattering methods, with velocity-map ion-imaging detection, to probe the dynamics of the inelastic and reactive scattering of NO and OH in unprecedented detail. This will include novel measurements of the non-adiabatic dynamics of electronic quenching of electronically excited NO, and reactive scattering of OH with volatile organic compounds at low collisions energies. In collaboration with theoreticians, you will determine the specific scattering mechanisms involved, and hence the underlying potential energy surfaces describing the molecular interactions. This work is part of a large collaboration funded through a major joint EPSRC Programme Grant (https://molecularscattering.com/) with University of Oxford, involving regular interactions and the opportunity for exchange visits.

How to Apply

1. Important Information before you Apply

When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:

(a) in ‘Study Option’

You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Chemistry PhD and select September 2022 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)

(b) in ‘Research Project Information’

You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the potential supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.


Funding Notes

James Watt Scholarship scheme
There are a number of scholarships available which offer funding from between 3 and 3.5 years at an average stipend rate of £15,000 per year.
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