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PhD in Chemistry: Electro- and Photoelectro- catalysis for the conversion of small building blocks into added value chemicals

   Cardiff School of Chemistry

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  Dr Andrea Folli  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This PhD project aims at developing efficient electro- and photoelectro-catalysts for converting small building blocks, e.g., CO2, CH4, N2O, NOx, into added value chemicals. A particular focus will be devoted to the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CO, alcohols and/or other oxygenated compounds, i.e., a process which is considered to play a major role in the efforts to achieve a net zero carbon economy and contrast climate change.

The project is expected to elucidate the role of charge-spin ensembles in heterogeneous electro- and photoelectro- catalytic processes. This represents a paradigm shift in electrocatalysis, whereby catalytic performances will be discussed and interpreted not only on the basis of redox potentials, overpotentials and currents, but also considering spin and magnetic effects on catalysis. Central to this goal is a unique combination of electrochemical and spectro-electrochemical methods, with magnetic resonance spectroscopy and computational investigation. The pool of information obtained with these techniques will then be used to feedback and inform synthesis and catalyst rational design.

Preferred skills/knowledge

The student will be highly motivated, capable of independent thought and have excellent communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively. Ideally, the candidate will have a good knowledge/experience in electrochemistry. Knowledge of EPR spectroscopy and/or synthetic chemistry is desirable.

Academic criteria

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent). 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent). Learn more about our English language requirements for postgraduate students - Study - Cardiff University


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How to Apply

Please contact Dr Andrea Folli ([Email Address Removed]) for informal enquiries.

Please complete an online application, stating your supervisor’s name(s) Chemistry - Study - Cardiff University

Start date options - 1st April 2023 or 1st July 2023

We reserve the right to close to this advert if sufficient applications are received. Early application is advised

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive environment for all. We welcome applications from all members of the global community irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

Funding Notes

3 year funded PhD with UK level tuition fees and stipend at UKRI rate.
This studentship is open to Home, EU or Overseas Candidates. However, Overseas and EU candidates should note that they will be required to cover the difference between Home and Overseas/EU fees each year.

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