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Nano Materials for Applications in Energy Recovery

School of Chemistry

Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

There is an opportunity to pursue a PhD in solid-state materials chemistry. The project will involve the synthesis of novel nano-scale materials for applications in thermoelectric energy harvesting. The reduced length scale offers a means of improving performance by reducing the thermal conductivity and increasing the Seebeck coefficient. Materials will be synthesised using both top-down mechanochemical approaches and bottom-up advanced synthesis techniques, including solvothermal methods. The resulting nano materials will be characterised in-house using a combination of powder X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. Electron and thermal transport properties will be measured using equipment within the group. Complementary structural and spectroscopic measurements will be made at the ISIS neutron facility and Diamond Light Source on the Harwell campus. The materials to be investigated will be intermetallics which show promising thermoelectric properties capable of generating electrical energy from the waste heat in a vehicle exhaust stream. This project will form part of a wide ranging program of work to design new materials for thermoelectric energy recovery for applications over a wide range of temperatures.
Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Anthony Powell ()
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Funding Notes

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in chemistry, physics, material science or a related discipline.


"Enhancing the Thermoelectric Properties of Single and Double Filled p-type Skutterudites Synthesized by an Up-scaled Ball-milling Process"" J. Prado-Gonjal, P. Vaqueiro, C. Nuttall, R. Potter and A.V. Powell,, J. Alloys Compd., 695, 3598, (2017).
“Chalcogenide thermoelectric materials”, A. V. Powell and P. Vaqueiro, Chapter 2 in Thermoelectric Materials and Devices, RSC Energy & Environment Series N. 17 (2017).
""Up-scaled Synthesis Process of Sulphur-based Thermoelectric Materials"" T. Barbier, S. Martinet, P. Lemoine, M. Eriksson, M. Gilmas, E. Hug, G. Guélou, P. Vaqueiro, A.V. Powell and E. Guilmeau, RSC Adv., 6, 10044, (2016).
“The impact of charge transfer and structural disorder on the thermoelectric properties of cobalt intercalated TiS2”, G. Guélou, P. Vaqueiro, J. Prado-Gonjal, T. Barbier, S. Hébert, E. Guilmeau, W. Kochlemann and A. V. Powell, J. Mater. Chem. C, 4, 1871 (2016).
""The Interplay of Metal-Atom Ordering, Fermi Level Tuning and Thermoelectric Properties in Cobalt Shandites Co3M2S2 (M = Sn, In)"" J. Corps, P. Vaqueiro, A. Aziz, R. Grau-Crespo, W. Kockelmann, J-C. Jumas and A.V. Powell, Chem. Mater. 27, 3946, (2015).

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