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SLowCat (Securing a sustainable fuel supply through controlled synthesis of low-dimensional catalysts): 2D Assembly of Single Atoms into Support Structures / Nanomembranes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Reference number: CG-YS-2006
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2020
Closing date of advert: 16 June2020
Interview date: 6 – 8 July 2020

Primary supervisor: Yang Su
Secondary supervisors: Kenny Jolley, Xujin Bao

SLowCat (Securing a sustainable fuel supply through controlled synthesis of low-dimensional catalysts) is a major new project at Loughborough University led by a team of 8 physical scientists and engineers with complementary expertise in catalysis, modelling, material science and engineering. Underpinned by advisors from industry, academia and professional bodies and linked with the UK Catalysis Hub, SLowCat will revolutionise the next generation of catalysts for fuel and fine chemical generation from dilute feedstocks. Multidimensional catalysts, specifically tailored to manipulate fundamental interactions between particles will be produced, which utilise both top down (analysis of real feedstocks) and bottom up (controlling particle interactions from 0D to 3D) methodologies to design novel materials with tailored properties.

The successful candidate will join a team of enthusiastic and talented PhD students who are expected to work together across the consortium, undertake experiments at Loughborough/national facilities (e.g. Catalysis Hub, DIAMOND) and present their work externally (conferences, outreach). Each SLowCat project requires different core skills and applicants should apply for the individual projects they are interested in.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your future career

Full Project Detail:

This project will develop a unique catalyst system where single atom catalysts are seeded in 2D nanomaterial based membranes. The planned material development will allow study of the catalysis process under nanoconfinement and realisation of the dual system for both precise molecular separation and atomic scale catalysis. By confining the catalysts in nanometre-size pores located in the 2D laminate membrane, we will tailor and investigate the interfaces between catalysts and 2D nanomaterials by taking advantages of rich surface chemistry of 2D nanosheets, and evaluate the membrane separation performance of bio-products from their complex reactants system in the biorefinery process. This project also involves theoretical study using various computational modelling techniques. The outcome of the project will enable highly efficient catalysis processes and provide fundamental understanding in catalysis at the atomic scale.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering science. Applicants for this position should have a first degree in materials, chemistry or related subjects, relevant experience in computational modelling will be preferred.

Contact details:

Name: Yang Su
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228591

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Materials Engineering.

Please quote reference number: CG-YS-2006

Funding Notes

Starting in October 2020, the studentship is for 3.5 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,285 p/a plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. To qualify for this full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the UK residency requirement View Website.

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