Polymers for Solar Energy Applications: Exploring Charge Carriers with Raman Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry
Supervisors: Associate Professor Tracey Clarke and Professor Katherine Holt
Application deadline: 8th May 2020
Start Date: 28 September 2020
A four year EPSRC-funded PhD studentship is available at the Department of Chemistry, UCL, supervised by Associate Professor Tracey Clarke and Professor Katherine Holt.
Conducting polymers are important in organic photovoltaics, display technologies, and other energy applications, while insulating polymers have found uses in multiple industries. We are interested in exploring degradation and charge trapping mechanisms in conducting and insulating polymers, as these processes limit the polymers’ efficacy and application in technology. This project will involve applying Raman spectroscopy and electrochemistry to this problem. Both electrically conducting and insulating polymers will be examined to ascertain the structural changes that occur during charge trapping and degradation processes, allowing the design of new, more robust materials.
Applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in chemistry, physics or a related subject. They should also have effective written and verbal communication skills in English. The studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, plus a tax-free maintenance stipend for four years (standard maintenance stipend for the academic year 2019/2020: £17000).
How to apply
Interested candidates should contact Tracey Clarke ([Email Address Removed]) and/or Katherine Holt ([Email Address Removed]) with a CV and a motivation letter explaining their interest in this project. Informal enquiries are encouraged. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply. Any admissions queries should be directed to Dr Jadranka Butorac ([Email Address Removed]).
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. UK time on 8th May 2020, but early applications are encouraged as the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified.
Please note: To be eligible for this PhD award, candidates must either be UK or EU residents who have been living in the UK for 3 years immediately prior to the course commencing (including for educational purposes). EU residents who have not been living in the UK are eligible for fee only awards.