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Chemical Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Southampton

We have 5 Chemical Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Southampton

A PhD in Chemical Physics specialises in the properties of matter and how they are affected by the movement of particles. Through your research, you could help inform the field of chemistry and help advance our current knowledge of atoms, elements and molecules.

What's it like to study a PhD in Chemical Physics?

As a PhD student in Chemical Physics, you'll be working with your supervisor and other members of the department to help develop new applications of the elements and materials that make up our world, and further our current understanding of the structure of matter. You'll likely divide your time between lab-based research, writing your thesis, and attending seminars and conferences.

Possible research areas include:

  • Nanotechnology
  • Electro-chemistry
  • Atomistic and molecular simulations
  • Soft matter physics
  • Chemical biology
  • Energy storage

Besides independent study, you may have the opportunity to connect with the wider academic community through attending departmental meetings and publishing papers. You may also be encouraged to take part in mentoring programmes to help guide your progress.

If you are considering a PhD in Chemical Physics, it is likely that you will already have some undergraduate and Masters level research experience in chemistry.

PhD in Chemical Physics entry requirements

The entry requirement for a PhD in Chemical Physics is usually a Bachelors or Masters degree in Physics with a Chemistry specialism. You may also be asked to submit a research proposal outlining your research plans.

PhD in Chemical Physics funding options

The main body funding PhDs in Chemical Physics in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Projects have funding attached, meaning that students automatically receive coverage of the tuition fees of a PhD and a living cost stipend.

Some students may wish to self-fund their PhD in Chemical Physics, though this is less common. Self-funding may be possible through combining the UK government loan with other sources such as a university scholarship or support from your university or charity.

PhD in Chemical Physics careers

The skills you'll gain during a PhD will prepare you for a career in academia or a role in the chemical or material sciences industries. You may also choose to apply your skills to other industries such as medicine, agriculture and forensics.

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Development of advanced rare-earth doped optical fibres for high-power lasers

Supervisory Team:  Prof Jayanta Sahu. Project description. We are looking for PhD applicants with a background in physics, material sciences, chemistry, and engineering to work on a PhD project that is aiming to develop a new class of optical fibres for the next generation of high-power lasers. Read more

High-power visible fibre lasers pumped by the down-conversion process

Supervisory Team.   Prof Jayanta Sahu, Dr Bill Brocklesby, and Dr Arindam Halder. Project description. Visible lasers are indispensable for applications such as display, underwater communication, microscopy and bio-photonics, optical storage, and materials processing. Read more

Bismuth-doped fibre amplifiers for extended transmission bands in optical communications

Supervisory Team.   Prof Jayanta Sahu and Dr Yu Wang. Project description. Global internet traffic has been growing exponentially over the past two decades with a predicted growth rate of around 40% year-on-year. Read more

Van der Waals materials for quantum technology

Supervisory Team.   Kevin Huang. Project description. Two dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) materials, such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are emerging as revolutionary components in nanophotonics. Read more

Photophysics and charge dynamics in semiconductors for solar cells

Supervisory Team.   Silvia Motti and V. Apostolopoulos. Project description. Funded PhD studentship for an enthusiastic student interested in understanding and exploiting light-matter interactions for the development of affordable and efficient solar cells for a green energy future. Read more
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