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  PhD Studentship in Solar Chemical Technologies

   Department of Chemistry

   Friday, November 29, 2024  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A PhD studentship is available at the University of Cambridge, starting in October 2025 under the supervision of Professor Erwin Reisner in the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry. We are looking for the most talented and dedicated candidates to join our international research team. We are committed to truly cross-disciplinary science and our team values candidates with undergraduate/master level studies in (organic, inorganic, physical) chemistry, materials science, or engineering.

The Reisner Laboratory develops innovations and technologies to convert solar energy and renewable electricity into sustainable fuels and organic platform chemicals for a circular economy using a unique cross-disciplinary approach. This PhD project will develop application strategies and prototype devices for the solar-powered valorisation of biomass and plastic waste streams. Supported by a world-leading team, the PhD students will thus design and develop solar-powered technologies to convert biomass/plastic waste into renewable fuels such as hydrogen and commodity chemicals. The Reisner Lab is an international and multidisciplinary environment where collaborations are strongly encouraged.

The assembly and engineering of the photon-to-chemical conversion devices will be achieved by integrating bespoke photocatalyst materials into suitable device configurations. Advanced materials design, physical characterisation and device engineering will be employed to optimise the technologies, to assemble the prototype devices and then scale-up the technology.

We invite candidates that have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class Master’s degree in one of the disciplines listed above to apply. The studentship targets the top candidates worldwide to join a multicultural team and will thus provide a 4-year scholarship.

To apply, please follow the on-line instructions at (application portal will open in early September 2024): The candidates should provide their motivation and specify their research interests when submitting their application.

The deadline for applications is the 29th of November 2024, when all documents including reference letters need to be submitted. It is thus recommended to start the submission process well in advance of the deadline.

Further information about research in the Reisner laboratory is available at:

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Environmental Sciences (13)

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