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Organic photocatalysts for photochemical water splitting

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    Prof A I Cooper
    Prof Dave Adams
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Project Description

Building on recent breakthroughs in this area by our team (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 3265–3270) our aim is to discover enhanced photocatalysts that promote overall water splitting to produce both hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight. The project will involve the use of a unique robotic platform that will allow the testing of many hundreds of candidate materials, guided by computational input from colleagues in University College London.

Postgraduate research opportunity for ambitious candidates with at least a 2:1 degree in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science. Excellent students from a broad range of backgrounds with a strong interest in new materials are encouraged to apply.

This project in the Liverpool Materials Chemistry group involves the design and synthesis of new functional organic materials under an ESPRC Programme Grant that combines experimental work with computational studies and a strong collaboration with University College London. You will work in the new £68M Materials Innovation Factory in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities ( The overall aim of the project is to discover new step-change functional materials to address specific societal problems, such as clean energy.

EPSRC eligibility
Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to the EPSRC website

The successful candidate should have, or expect to have, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Chemistry. Please apply by completing the online postgraduate research application form at
Applications should be made as soon as possible and no later than 31st January 2016. Informal enquiries should be addressed to [Email Address Removed].
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Funding Notes

The award will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years. The maintenance grant will be £14,057 for 2015/16.


J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 3265–3270

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