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PhD in Chemistry: Surface Engineered Nanocrystals: EPR Radical Detection of Photoactivity

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Heterogeneous photocatalysis is a promising technology to address the global grand challenges of accelerated energy consumption and increased atmospheric levels of toxic gases. Nanoparticle titanium−oxide materials have shown great potential as powerful photocatalysts, harnessing abundant and clean solar energy to catalyse environmental remediation reactions through the generation of photoexcited charge carriers. However, no TiO2-based catalyst has yet to completely satisfy all practical requirements for efficient implication in technological applications.

This PhD project aims to provide atomic level information of reactive centres in photocatalytic materials through the application of advanced Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, to yield detailed reaction mechanisms and kinetics. The project will involve synthesis of nanoparticles, in collaboration with colleagues in Hokkaido University (Japan), and advanced characterisation via multiple spectroscopic techniques (SEM, UV-vis, XPS, EPR).

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).

Supervisor:

Dr Emma Richards - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/38469-richards-emma

How to Apply:

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry with a start date of July 2020.
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select ’I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from PhD in Chemistry: Surface Engineered Nanocrystals: EPR Radical Detection of Photoactivity

Deadline: 31st April 2020. We will review applications on an ongoing basis so early application is advised.
We reserve the right to close this advert if sufficient applications are received.

Funding Notes

This is a 3.5 year funded PhD with Home/EU tuition fees and a standard stipend.

This studentship is open to Home, EU or Overseas Candidates.
However, Overseas candidates should note that they will be required to cover the difference between Home and Overseas tuition fees each year.

How good is research at Cardiff University in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 23.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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