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Understanding structure and defect dynamics in microporous catalysts using machine learning

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project will develop state-of-the-art deep learning techniques to analyse atomic resolution electron microscope images in order to understand unknown structures and dynamics of defects in microporous catalysts.

These defects play a major role in heterogeneous catalysis, and understanding their structure is critical to the development of the next generation of catalysts for applications including CO2 reduction and methane synthesis.

You will work with world-leading experimental and computational groups at the University of Oxford and in the National laboratories on the Harwell campus in a collaboration between industrial and academic groups. The studentship offers opportunities to work in both academic and industrial research laboratories and for international travel to use large research facilities.

Candidates are considered in the January 2020 admissions cycle which has an application deadline of 24 January 2020.

Any questions concerning the project can be addressed to Professor Angus Kirkland (). General enquiries on how to apply can be made by e mail to . You must complete the standard Oxford University Application for Graduate Studies. Further information and an electronic copy of the application form can be found at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/apply/index.html.

Funding Notes

This is a 4-year EPSRC Industrial CASE studentship in conjunction with Johnson Matthey and will provide full fees and maintenance for a student who has home fee status (this includes an EU student who has spent the previous three years (or more) in the UK undertaking undergraduate study). Candidates with EU fee status are eligible for a fees-only award, but normally would have to provide funding for their living costs from another source such as personal funds or a scholarship. The stipend will be at least £17,009 per year. Information on fee status can be found at View Website.

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