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New Probes of Inelastic and Reactive Scattering at the Gas-Liquid Interface

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Matthew Costen
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Gas-Liquid interfaces are ubiquitous in the atmosphere, combustion, and technological processes, but relatively little is known about their molecular level interactions. By scattering gas-phase species in a controlled fashion from the liquid surface, and probing the products with spectroscopic methods, we can both understand inelastic and reactive processes at the surface, and probe the chemical structure of the surface. You will help apply novel laser-based spectroscopic probe techniques to detect new gas-phase species involved in gas-liquid collisions, measuring the internal state and correlated translational energy distributions of the scattered products. In collaboration with theory, these measurements will provide new and unprecedented insight into the structure and interactions of gas-liquid interfaces.

You will receive an excellent training in modern aspects of experimental science, including: laser spectroscopy; high vacuum technology; electronic data capture; computer modelling. You will be part of a vibrant chemical dynamics research group of academics, post-docs, and PhD students.

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You should have, or expect to receive, a First class MChem degree in Chemistry, or equivalent in a related relevant subject.

The Institute of Chemical Sciences (ICS) is an excellent environment for PhD research, with a thriving community of academics, post-doctoral and PhD researchers. ICS has many links to the other research institutes within the overall umbrella of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, providing a strong interdisciplinary theme to our research. Heriot-Watt occupies an attractive campus site on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with excellent public transport links to the centre of one of the Europe’s most exciting cities.

Funding Notes

James-Watt Scholarships: 3 years, tuition and stipend (£15,000 p.a.) open to applicants from around the world.

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