The Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool seeks applications for a post-graduate 42 month PhD studentship, starting 1st October 2015 (or soon thereafter).
Porous materials have applications in gas storage, catalysis, and filtration. The last decade has seen considerable interest in new porous materials, and metal-organic frameworks and porous polymers with incredible properties have been reported. However, many of these new materials find limited application due to high cost. The PhD project will develop new porous materials from inorganic waste and other low cost or renewable resources. The target is to produce materials with superior properties to existing standards, but at a price that makes them relevant to widespread practical applications – especially filtration of toxic pollutants from water and air flows. There will be scope to engage with a broad range of techniques within the PhD, from organic synthesis to materials characterisation and applications testing.
The successful applicant should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in the UK, or equivalent qualification, in chemistry, physics, materials science or a closely related subject. The candidate should be highly motivated and have competent English communication skills.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Tom Hasell by email. Applications should include a full CV, the names of two academic referees, and a cover letter explaining the applicant motivation in this position. Please apply by sending an email to [email protected]
and completing an application online at http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/online.htm, indicating “porous materials PhD” in the subject line. The closing date is the 31th of August, but early applications are strongly encouraged.
The first 36 months of the studentship are funded by an EPSRC award giving annual stipend of £14,057. Please refer to the EPSRC website for eligibility requirements: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/
The remaining 6 months of the studentship will be funded from a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) at the same rate, but with the opportunity to gain some teaching experience alongside research.