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Understanding the Mechanochemical Synthesis of Mixed Oxides using Synchrotron and Neutron Techniques

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    Dr P Wells
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Start date: October 2016
Length of PhD 3.5 years

We are looking to recruit a PhD student for a high-profile EPSRC funded CASE award in partnership with Johnson Matthey Technology Centre. The position will be based at the UK Catalysis Hub, Harwell, Oxfordshire. The UK Catalysis Hub is a new EPSRC initiative aimed at coordinating UK efforts in catalytic science, with the laboratories at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) providing the physical base for this network. This is a unique opportunity to engage with leading UK academics in catalytic science, alongside exposure to the advanced characterisation techniques made possible by the synchrotron and neutron source on the Harwell Campus.

The mechanochemical synthesis of mixed oxides is of interest within Johnson Matthey as a potential new route to the manufacture of materials. The mechanism of the transformation of reagents to active phases under mechanical action will be explored using model and real materials and reference synthesis routes giving an understanding of how key phases are formed and what the key parameters are for synthesis.

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least 2.1) or equivalent in Chemistry, or a related discipline. Due to funding restrictions only UK/EU students are eligible to apply.

The project will be under the supervision of Dr Peter Wells (, who is the Associate Director of the Harwell component of the UK Catalysis Hub. Although based at Harwell full-time, the student will be registered at University College London and will have access to the excellent postgraduate courses available within the University.
If you wish to apply for this unique opportunity or find out more information please get in touch with Dr Peter Wells ([email protected]).

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