The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities, for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training. The start date is 1st October 2020.
Understanding the spin dynamics of organic molecules is crucial to designing efficient organic photovoltaics (OPVs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) for renewable energy applications.
This PhD project will use techniques and knowledge from chemistry, physics and materials science to investigate spin dynamics in multilayer OPV and OLED devices. Working with an interdisciplinary team, the student will synthesise organic compounds and probe spin flipping of the materials’ electronically excited states by ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy (FMR). The project objectives can be tailored to suit a student with a background in either chemistry or physics, matching the research programme to the skills and interests of the student, whether that be in the design of new organic compounds to test the ferromagnetic resonance system or in the development and enhancement of the FMR technique itself.
The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Aidan Hindmarch (Durham, Physics) and Dr Paul McGonigal (Durham, Chemistry), working with Dr Marc Etherington (Northumbria, Physics) and receiving training from industrial partners.
For enquiries about this project, please contact Dr Aiden Hindmarch ([email protected]
Dr Paul McGonigal ([email protected]
For this project you must apply through the Durham University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please navigate to https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/
and select ‘Apply now’ followed by ‘Apply for postgraduate study.’
When completing your application, please ensure that you note that you are applying for the appropriate ReNU project by completing the application fields as follows:
• Select ‘yes’ to the question, ‘Have you been in contact with a potential supervisor?’
• Complete the ‘intended supervisor’s name’ with ReNU/Hindmarch
• Complete Physics as the Department
• Select ‘yes’ to the question, ‘Have you applied, or are you going to apply for a scholarship?
• Select ‘other’ from the drop-down list under, ‘Please indicate which scholarship you have applied for’
• Complete ‘Please enter the name of the Scholarship you have applied for or will be applying for’ with ReNU/Hindmarch
The application closing date is January 31st and interviews will take place in February.
The applicant is expected to have a 1st or 2:1 class honours degree, or postgraduate Masters (preferably at Merit level) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related subject as well as an appropriate IELTS score if required. Applicants should not be engaged with Doctoral study at Durham or elsewhere.