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X-ray Characterisation of Energy Materials

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  • Full or part time
    Prof C Lucas
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Synchrotron radiation (SR) is revolutionising the fundamental understanding of materials through the application of x-ray diffraction and spectroscopy techniques. These techniques give understanding of structural properties across atomic and mesoscopic spatial length scales and are essential for exploiting the next generation of materials. Furthermore, temporal resolution and studies in realistic environments are crucial in areas such as combinational chemistry, materials for energy applications, and functional materials in general.

The XMaS beamline is is a SR beamline at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and is run by the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick-the project directors are Chris Lucas (UoL) and Tom Hase (UoW). The ESRF is in the final phase of its upgrade programme (EBS project) which involves the installation of an ultra-low emittance storage ring ( The ESRF and the XMaS beamline will re-open for operation in September 2020 which coincides with the start date for this PhD position.

This PhD studentship will be centered around experiments performed at the XMaS beamline (and possibly also at other beamlines at the ESRF and at other SR sources-Diamond Light Source and Advanced Photon Source). The focus of the experiments will be to exploit SR radiation for the study of materials related to energy applications. In partuicular the experiments will focus on in-situ x-ray studies to probe structure-function relationships in materials such as thin film organic semiconductors and electrocatalysts for water splitting and other electrochemical processes. The student will acquire skills in materials processing and in the application of SR for the study of materials.

Creative and highly motivated applicants from UK/EU are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the EPSRC website for full eligibility rules:

A degree (First or Upper Second) in Physics or a closely related field is required.

Please quote Studentship Reference: PPPR006 in the Finance Section of the Application form.

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Funding Notes

The studentship will pay full tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and an annual maintenance grant (currently £15,009.00 pa) for 42 months, It is anticipated that the successful candidate will start in October 2020.

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