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Using liquid microjet photoelectron spectroscopy to explore the redox properties of organic molecules in aqueous solution

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A fully funded (36 month) PhD studentship is available in UCL Chemistry to work on a project in the group of Professor Helen Fielding in collaboration with Professors Graham Worth and Katherine Holt, involving gas-phase and liquid-microjet photoelectron spectroscopy, supported by quantum chemistry calculations and cyclic voltammetry measurements. The aim is to use gas-phase and liquid-microjet photoelectron spectroscopy measurements of ionization potentials to determine one-electron standard reduction potentials of the ground and electronically excited states of a range of biologically and technologically important organic molecular ions in aqueous solution. The spectroscopy measurements will be complemented by computational chemistry calculations and cyclic voltammetry measurements of the kinetics and reversibility of electron transfer. The student will gain experience of working on a multidisciplinary project and gain expertise in state-of-the-art spectroscopy and computational chemistry.

The applicants should have, or expect to gain, at least a 2.1 honours degree, or equivalent, at Masters level in Chemistry, or a related physical science discipline. The successful applicant will have a strong interest in physical chemistry and have the ability to think analytically and creatively. An enquiring and rigorous approach to research as well as good team-working and communication skills (both presentation and written English) are essential.

UCL offers a world leading scientific environment in the heart of London.

Applicants should send their applications (cover letter describing motivation for applying, CV and contact details for 2 referees) by email to Professor Helen Fielding , who may also be approached for informal enquiries.

Applicants will also be required to complete an electronic application form at Any admissions queries should be directed to the postgraduate administrator Dr Jadranka Butorac ().

Funding Notes

Due to funding restrictions, only UK/EU students who meet the 3 years residency criteria are eligible for this studentship. The start date for the PhD is in late September 2019. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019, although the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found.

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