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Solar Fuels: the synthesis of atomically precise metal clusters as the key elements of novel photocatalysts for conversion of carbon dioxide to useful chemicals

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This PhD project will focus on the synthesis of atomically precise metal clusters (core direction of Golovko research group) as the key elements of novel photocatalysts for conversion of carbon dioxide to useful chemicals (fuels).
The candidate is expected:
a) to have an excellent foundation/knowledge of inorganic materials chemistry
b) to have solid lab skills.

Prior experience of working using Schlenk line techniques and pressurized reaction vessels would be a bonus. Working knowledge of a wide range of materials characterization techniques (electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, AFM etc.) would help to secure this position. Willingness to travel internationally to use synchrotron facilities to characterize materials made during this project is a must.
Finally, the candidate is expected to be proactive team-worker since this project is part of wider collaboration with research teams in New Zealand, Australia and USA.

We are looking for either:
a) the first class student who has graduated already
b) a student who is about to graduate and is likely to secure the first class level grades (provisional transcripts can be provided as part of the application by the deadline specified for this position, while official final results will have to be provided for the enrollment).

Important notice: min GPA of 80 out of 100!
English proficiency requirements:
TOEFL iBT total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 20 in writing
IELTS Academic an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

This project is co-funded by the University of Canterbury and US Army.

We are looking for a student willing to start/enroll ASAP.
Apply by e-mail to Dr. Vladimir Golovko . Do enclose your detailed CV, translated (English) transcripts and copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score

Funding Notes

The current scholarship stipend is NZ$21,000 per EFTS. It will be paid pro-rata if the recipient is enrolled for less than 1.00 EFTS in any year or if the recipient has enrolled in a doctoral programme prior to the date that the scholarship was accepted. In addition to the stipend, the scholarship covers tuition fees for the doctoral programme at the domestic rate. The scholarship does not directly cover the Student Services Levy, medical insurance or accommodation.


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