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PhD Chemistry: Flexible Electrochromic Devices from Self-Assembled Organic Molecules

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Emily Draper
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This PhD project will focus on the synthesis and self-assembly of electrochromic materials based on small aromatic organic molecules. These materials can be used in devices that reversibly change colour from transparent to coloured upon the application of an external stimulus, such as a small voltage, light or heat. Such materials can be used for sensors, smart glass, optical devices etc. The project will involve the synthesis and optimisation of a variety of such molecules for a preferred colour change depending on application. Design and optimisation of the molecules will be needed to tune the conditions needed for the colour change. Functionalisation of the molecules will be carried out to aid the assembly of the small organic molecules into the aggregated structures which stabilise the charge, resulting the colour change. Once the desired colour and stimulus needed has been achieved, the materials will be processed into devices so that they can be used. This will involve using different substrates and coatings etc. so that the materials can be used for the many different possible applications. We will specifically focus on preparing coatings for smart glass, as well as wearable sensors.

I am looking for a motivated candidate with broad scientific interests to join the Draper Group. Experience working in a lab environment is preferred but not essential. Candidates should hold (or expect to hold by the start date) a 1st or upper 2nd class MSc / MChem / BSc or equivalent in a relevant discipline (chemistry, materials, etc.)

Expressions of interest should be made via email to [Email Address Removed] with a copy of your CV (max 2 pages) and cover letter explaining why they want to work in the Draper Group at the University of Glasgow.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for Home/EU applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £14,764 for Session 2018-19).

Please note that applicants will need to meet the EPSRC's residency requirements. You can find more information on these requirements at the following link:

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