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PhD in Chemistry: Microwave assisted heterogeneous catalysis


   Cardiff School of Chemistry


About the Project

The PhD will be based within the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) (www.cf.ac.uk/cci) which is one of the leading centres for catalyst research focussed on improving the understanding of catalysis, developing new catalytic processes with industry and promoting the use of catalysis as a sustainable 21st century technology.

The project aims to develop new catalysts and processes to upgrade CO2 and hydrocarbons to more valuable products and to investigate the effects of microwave irradiation upon heterogeneous catalytic processes. Microwave assisted heterogeneous catalysis has been shown to give different results from conventional catalysis due to the different mechanisms of heating present in both the electric and magnetic fields of the microwave radiation. However, the reason for the differences observed in microwave and conventionally heated catalytic processes are not well understood and we will also aim to improve the fundamental knowledge related to microwave heated catalysis with our collaborators in Cardiff, the UK Catalysis Hub and overseas.

During the PhD you will develop a number of practical skills including:

• synthesising mixed metal oxide catalysts using different methods

• characterising the catalysts using the facilities available in the CCI including (SEM, TEM, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy

• testing the catalysts using conventional and microwave heated reactors

Further details on the project are available from Dr Jonathan Bartley (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/38550-bartley-jonathan).

Academic criteria

We require applicants to have a 2.2 BSc or equivalent to be considered for PhD study.

If English is not your first language that you must fulfil our English Language criteria before the start of your studies. Details of accepted English Language qualifications for admissions can be found here https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements/postgraduate

How to Apply

To apply please complete the online application - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/chemistry and state the project title and supervisor name

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

This PhD post is open to self funded Home, EU and International students.


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