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PhD in Chemistry – A Rainbow of self-assembled Chromogenic Thin Films

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  Dr Emily Draper  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Glasgow United Kingdom Analytical Chemistry Organic Chemistry Physical Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry

About the Project

Chromogenic materials are those that change colour upon stimulation from external stimulus. They are of particular interest for technologies such as Smart Windows, displays and privacy glass, where the material can act as a normal window, but at the touch of a button can change colour, or transparency.

This PhD project will focus on the synthesis and self-assembly of water-soluble electrochromic materials based on small aromatic organic molecules. These materials will then be processed in thin films to be can be used in devices that reversibly change colour from transparent to coloured upon the application of an external stimulus. We are particularly interested in using small voltage but will also explore light and heat. Such materials can be used for sensors, smart glass, optical devices etc.

This interdisciplinary project involves some synthesis of new molecules and then also material processing, characterisation and performance techniques such as thin film preparation, rheology, electrochemistry and small angle neutron scattering.

The Draper group ( is looking for someone who is eager to learn and try new techniques to join our diverse and multi-disciplinary team.  

The ideal candidate will hold (or expect to hold) a 1st or upper 2nd class MSc / MChem / BSc or equivalent.

Prospective candidates should contact Dr. Draper for information by email – [Email Address Removed] – with a CV (max. 2 pages) and cover letter (max. 1 page), as soon as possible.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

As an Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder, the School of Chemistry has equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart, and actively supports applications from all sections of society.

More details of the School’s Athena SWAN activities can be found here:

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Start-date: 1 October 2021


Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK / EU settled status applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,560 for Session 2021-22). Strong international students may also be eligible for this funding.


1st or 2.1 in Chemistry or Materials Chemistry or equivalent.
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