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The interface and interplay between water and carbon species

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Using state-of-the-art experimental approaches, the aim of this fully funded PhD studentship is to investigate the interface and interplay between water and carbon species in detail. This includes studies into the hydration of hydrophobic species, the formation of clathrate hydrates, the nucleation and crystallization of ice at the carbon interface, and water-desorption processes relevant for atmospheric and cometary environments. The PhD student will be trained in a wide range of characterisation and sample preparation techniques including X-ray and neutron diffraction, Raman / IR spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, calorimetry, high-pressure experiments, physical vapour deposition and quartz crystal microbalance measurements. The highly interdisciplinary work will benefit from interactions with a wide range of international collaborators and experiments at large scale facilities such as the ISIS neutron source.

Formal applications require the completion of the online application form using the link provided below. In addition, please email a motivation letter, a degree transcript, contact details of two referees and an up-to-date CV directly to Prof. Salzmann () who can also be approached for informal inquiries. Full details of the research activities of the Salzmann group at UCL can be found at:

The candidates should have, or expect to gain, a good honours degree (first or upper second) in chemistry, physics or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are also essential. The start date for the PhD position is the 23rd September 2019. The deadline for applications is the 30th of June 2019, but the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found. Any admissions queries should be directed to Dr Jadranka Butorac (). Formal applications should be submitted at

Funding Notes

UK/EU students are eligible for this studentship, which will cover tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus a stipend (tax free) for three years.

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