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Postgraduate Scholarship in Mechanochemical Synthesis of Switchable Molecular Materials

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Spin crossover materials are a promising class of ‘smart’ materials, changing colour, shape and magnetic properties in response to applied stimuli, with applications in sensing, display and actuator devices. Mechanochemistry represents uncharted territory in the field of smart molecular materials; there is huge scope for materials discovery, tuning of properties and even novel manufacturing strategies. The aim of the project is to thoroughly explore the potential for mechanochemistry to transform the future of spin crossover materials, simultaneously tackling current challenges in the field, and also pushing the fundamental boundaries of understanding and application of these systems. Preliminary results can be found at: J. H. Askew & H. J. Shepherd, Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 180

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Kent’s main campus in Canterbury as part of the Functional Materials Group, and work under the supervision of Dr H. J. Shepherd.

These PhD Studentships are due to start in September 2019.

Funding Notes

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject. This is an Leverhulme Trust funded Scholarship, which will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £14,777; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,260 per annum). The duration of funding is 42 months.

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