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Metal free oxygen electrocatalysis

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    Prof M Titirici
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

The department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London is seeking to recruit a PhD student to carry out research with Professors Titirici in the exciting area of metal free oxygen electrocatalysis. The student will be based at Imperial College London.

The aim of this project is to extend the capability of our group in metal free electrocatalysis whereby we will be focusing on manipulating the interface at the triple point between the electrocatalyst, electrolyte and oxygen gas reactant by the addition of hydrophobic but oxygenophilic compound. Various electrochemical characterisation techniques such as sampled current voltammetry (to study oxygen adsorbates), CV/LSV (to determine onset potentials, limited diffusion currents, half wave potentials) as well as Koutechy–Levich (KL), ring disk voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy (for determining electron transfer number and kinetics) will be used. “In operando” characterisation techniques such as EXAFS to characterise the change in the active sites during ORR/OER as well as the interactions of the active sites with the aqueous electrolyte and the generated water will also be employed. We will be collaborating with theoretical chemists and use DFT modelling to calculate oxygen binding energies on our catalysts and changes occurring at different potentials as well as the influence of water from the electrolyte and as a reaction product. The student will join a team with a well-established activity in this area and will extend our current strategies to develop and improve metal free electrocatalysts.

Applicants should have broad interests in carbon materials synthesis, characterisation and electrochemistry. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, which will be essential for collaborations in particularly with modelers, disseminating the results via journal publications and attendance at international conferences. Applicants are expected to have obtained (or be heading for) a First or Upper-second degree at Master’s level (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Materials and be highly motivated.

Applications should be made through the College’s online application system. Important information about the College’s PhD application process can be found on the following page: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/applicationforms
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Funding Notes

This post is financially supported by the department of Chemical Engineering as part the start-up package and relocation of Prof. Titirici from Queen Mary to Imperial College.

The successful candidate will receive the following financial support:

Full funding for tuition fees and stipend of £16,553 per annum for 3 years, followed by 6 months of stipend to support write-up.

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