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Reactive-Atom Scattering as a Novel Probe of Ionic-Liquid Surfaces (EPS2022/06)

   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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  Prof K G McKendrick, Prof Matthew Costen  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Ionic liquids have a unique combination of physical properties. Among their wealth of potential applications are processes, such as multiphase catalysis, where their surfaces are of primary interest. You will develop new methods to probe their composition and structure, building on our recent demonstration that reactive-atom scattering coupled with laser-induced fluorescence has high surface selectivity and chemical specificity. This work is part of an EPSRC-funded project, in which the collaborators at University of York and internationally will provide expertise in chemical synthesis, complementary measurements, and industrially relevant applications. It complements a wider collaboration funded through a major joint EPSRC Programme Grant ( with University of Oxford. There will be regular interactions and the opportunity for exchange visits with all the collaborators.

How to Apply

1. Important Information before you Apply

When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:

(a) in ‘Study Option’

You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Chemistry PhD and select September 2022 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)

(b) in ‘Research Project Information’

You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the potential supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

James-Watt Scholarship scheme
There are a number of scholarships available which offer funding from between 3 and 3.5 years at an average stipend rate of £15,000 per year.
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