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Project Description

The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath has launched a joint PhD programme with Monash University, Australia.

This project is one of a number that are in competition for up to four funded studentships. More details are available here:

Home institution: Bath University

Supervisor at Bath: Dr Dan Pantos
Supervisor at Monash: Dr. Toby Bell


Photovoltaics use semiconducting materials to convert sunlight directly into electricity through the excitation of electrons to higher energy states by photons of light. This project seeks to utilise naphthalenediimides (NDIs) as an n-type semiconductor for the construction of next-generation organic supramolecular solar cells. The p-type materials will be based on self-complementary molecules and will be covalently attached to the NDIs using structural linkers. A series of NDI containing materials have been designed to self assemble utilising π-π stacking (NDI cores) and hydrogen bonding interactions (structural linkers and dimerization units). The structural linkers are designed in such a way that the n- and p- type materials cannot form n-/p- alternating stacks. Instead they form an ordered arrangement of donor and acceptor units (ordered bulk heterojunctions) for the efficient charge separation of generated excitons and the resulting transport of holes and electrons to their respective electrodes.

The Pantos group has the expertise in the synthesis of these molecules (previous CSCT MRes students have made very good progress in their synthesis), while the Bell group has the expertise in photochemical characterization and ultrasensitive photophysical investigation.

This project is aligned with the sustainable technologies theme and brings together two research groups with complementary expertise and two supervisors that have known each other for a number of years.

Application Process

We invite applications from Science and Engineering graduates who have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class degree and have a strong interest in Sustainable & Circular Technologies.

You MUST express interest for three projects in order of preference – you can see all projects here: . Please submit your application at the Home institution of your preferred project (‘Home’ institution details can be found in the project summary). However, please note that you are applying for a joint PhD programme and applications will be processed as such.

University of Bath

Please submit your application through the following link:
Please make sure to mention in the “finance” section of your application that you are applying for funding through the joint Bath/Monash PhD programme for your specified projects.
In the “research interests” section of your application, please name the three projects you are interested in and rank them in order of preference. Please also include the names of the Bath lead supervisors.

Monash University

Expressions of interest (EoI) can be lodged through The EoI should provide the following information:
CV including details of citizenship, your Official Academic Transcripts, key to grades/grading scale of your transcripts, evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL, for full requirements see:, and two referees and contact details (optional). You must provide a link to these documents in Section 8 using Google Drive (Instructions in Section 8).

Funding Notes

Bath Monash PhD studentships include tuition fee sponsorship and a living allowance (stipend) for the course duration (up to 42 months maximum). Note, however, that studentships for Bath-based projects will provide cover for UK/EU tuition fees ONLY. Non-Australian nationals studying in Australia will be required to pay their own Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Additional and suitably qualified applicants who can access a scholarship/studentship from other sources will be also considered.

How good is research at University of Bath in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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