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Postgraduate Scholarship in Inorganic Materials Chemistry

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A funded PhD position is available in the field of inorganic material chemistry exploring the development of new ferroelectric materials based on molecular building blocks. Such hybrid materials, including metal-organic frameworks, combine inorganic and organic building blocks into extended solids and have been recently shown to exhibit functional electronic properties comparable to the best functional solids promising future uses in sensing, data storage and energy harvesting applications. This is facilitated by their tremendous compositional flexibility, leading to unique architectures that enable new routes to optimised functional properties. This project will explore the smart design of optimised ferroelectric hybrids with potential uses in sensing, data storage and energy harvesting. This will be achieved by establishing rules for optimising both their supramolecular host-guest interactions and structural distortions, key to their functional properties. This project will involve the synthesis of hybrid inorganic-organic materials, their structural characterisation using powder and single crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction and electronic and magnetic property measurements. Full training will be provided in all aspects to enable you to build a deep knowledge of both ferroelectric hybrid materials and the use of synthetic and analytical techniques used to make and characterise them. The project will also involve collaboration with other UK research groups with expertise in these areas and research at central facilities, such as the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. This will enable you to experience working within a network of world-leading scientists.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Kent’s main campus in Canterbury in the Materials for Energy and Electronics (MEE) Group of the School of Physical Sciences. This is a rapidly growing department offering a fresh and exciting research environment, whose multidisciplinary expertise and wide variety of advanced instrumentation is an excellent match to the project.
This PhD Studentship is due to start in September, 2020.


Entry requirements and Funding: Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject.

How to Apply: : To apply please go to
You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references).

Funding Notes

This project will either be funded as an EPSRC PhD scholarship or a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship. In either case funding will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £15,009; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,327 per annum). The Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship is available to both UK and EU nationals and will involve undertaking teaching/demonstrating duties during the period of study.

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