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PhD in Optoelectronic Materials or Photocatalysis

   School of Chemistry

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  Prof Eli Zysman-Colman  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Members of the Zysman-Colman group conduct research at the interface of organic or organometallic optoelectronic materialsphysical organic, and supramolecular chemistry. We use a combination of computational modeling, organic synthesis, coordinational chemistry, varied analytical techniques such as absorption and emission spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, NMR spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry to address three major research goals relating to energy conversion:

  • Development of emitter materials for use in electroluminescent devices such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and light-emitting electrochemical cells (LEECs)
  • Electrochemiluminescent materials development as probes/sensors
  • Photocatalyst development and mechanistic understanding of photocatalytic reactions

The Zysman-Colman Group occupies state-of-the-art synthetic and analytical labs in the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews (for a lab tour, please see, with access to world-class resources as well in the Organic Semiconductor Centre. For more information about the group and our research, please see our webpage:

Students interested in undertaking a PhD in the Zysman-Colman group should register their interest as soon as possible. Informal inquiries can be made to Prof Eli Zysman-Colman ([Email Address Removed]).

Please see: for the application procedure or e-mail [Email Address Removed] for more information regarding PhD opportunities at St Andrews. We encourage applications for the EaSiCAT Centre for Doctoral training ( and from Chinese nationals through the St Andrews CSC Scheme ( There are opportunities for self-funded PhD students to make use of the St Andrews Handsel Scheme to fund the difference between home and international fees.

Funding Notes

Funding for worldwide, EU or UK students is available. Self-funded students are also encouraged to apply and make use of the St Andrews Hansel scheme.


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