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Johnson-Matthey ICASE Studentship - Fundamental Structural Studies of Polymers for Fuel Cells and Sustainable Hydrogen Technologies

   Department of Chemistry

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  Prof Steven Armes  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This studentship is sponsored by Johnson-Matthey (www.matthey.com) and the academic supervisors are Prof. Steve Armes and Dr. Sasha Mykhaylyk in the Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield. This four-year project will involve characterisation of the behaviour of industrial ink formulations used for the manufacture of fuel cells and for the development of sustainable hydrogen technologies. A typical ink comprises precious metal supported carbon and/or metal oxide particles dispersed in (non-)aqueous solution in the presence of either polyelectrolytes or non-ionic polymers. The aim will be to elucidate structure-property relationships to inform the design of next-generation ink formulations. This project will also involve model studies of polymer-solvent-substrate interactions. Analytical techniques will include small-angle X-ray scattering, rheology, quartz crystal microbalance and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The student will be expected to participate in annual conferences held at Johnson-Matthey and to spend three months working at their Sonning R & D site during their third or fourth year of study. The ideal candidate will hold a first-class honours degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or a closely related discipline. 

For further information regarding this ICASE PhD studentship, please email Prof Steve Armes ([Email Address Removed]).

For further details regarding the two academic supervisors for this ICASE PhD project, see https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/chemistry/people/academic/steven-p-armes-frs and 


Subject Area: Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Colloid Science.

Click here to apply.  Your application should be accompanied by a CV and a one-page personal statement outlining why you think you would be well-suited to this PhD project.

Deadline for applications January 20th 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in early February 2023.

Funding Notes

Appointed candidates will be funded for four years, including:
Tax-free annual UKRI stipend (£20,668 per annum, with an annual increment).
UK Tuition fees
Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG)

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