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PhD in Chemistry - Metal oxides by Design

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 08, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

We seek to recruit a highly motivated and talented PhD student in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow within the research group of Dr Laia Vilà-Nadal The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary effort aimed at applying the concept of ‘materials by design’ to metal oxide chemistry synthesis.

In this project you will develop the first structured database for metal-oxide porous materials, this database will contain new data and knowledge in the area of self-assembly of oxide materials. The database will accelerate the generation of new all-inorganic metal oxide framework materials and, it will provide new information as to how the aggregation of such materials occurs.

Computationally exploring the combinatorial space generated by the self-assembly of known metal oxides to predict new ones is a challenging task. The research in LVN-group aims to discover new tailored metal oxide materials using inverse design. The new materials will be targeted from the beginning searching for a real-world application (e.g. redox flow batteries, memory devices, porosity, selectivity, etc.). With the final aim of achieving rational design of prospective oxide materials we will apply deep generative models to this class of materials.

A bit about your supervisor: Laia is a newly appointed lecturer at the School of Chemistry in the University of Glasgow. Her research aims to apply the concept of ‘materials by design’ in metal oxide chemistry synthesis. She has 12 years of scientific research experience and a well-established track record in the area, illustrated by 35 publications, including 25 research articles, 10 of which are as a first author, published in widely read journals in science including Nature and Nat. Commun., and the subject area such as Angew Chem and JACS. As a woman in PI she wants to help addressing the diversity in STEM subjects. You will not just be working with her, though-you will be working in a friendly group of researchers between Chemistry, Engineering and Robotics on similar topics.

Laia is looking for an enthusiastic and flexible candidate from a STEM background (chemistry/physics/ engineering/etc.) willing to learn new skills in computational chemistry and comfortable in a multidisciplinary setting. If you have any questions before applying send her an email.

Eligibility criteria:
We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated person with good interpersonal skills and a keen interest in research. The ideal student will have a strong undergraduate degree (2:1 or higher) in a STEM subject (chemistry/physics/engineering or similar), or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent) in chemistry, physics or materials science.

Please direct all enquiries to:

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:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for Home UK or EU applicants for 3.5 years (from 1st of October 2020), as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,245 for Session 2020-21).

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