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  Electrocatalysis for Energy Conversion and Storage
  Prof A Cuesta Ciscar, Prof D E Macphee
Applications accepted all year round

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Electrochemistry allows to convert chemical energy directly into electrical energy, and vice versa, with high efficiency and, therefore, electrochemical systems are excellent candidates to store energy from renewables and convert it back into work when needed.
  Enhancing the conductivity of the solid electrolyte Ba7Nb4MoO20 for application in intermediate temperature fuel cells
  Prof A McLaughlin, Dr E Wildman
Applications accepted all year round

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Fuel cells convert chemical energy directly into electrical energy with high efficiency and low emission of pollutants. In a fuel cell the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen produces water and electricity and as such provides a clean alternative to fossil fuels.
  New Products from a Sustainable Ammonia Cycle
  Dr M J Plater, Dr W T A Harrison
Applications accepted all year round

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Renewable sources of energy are essential for the world to improve its carbon footprint and to become carbon neutral. Solar power and wind are of increasing interest particularly in hot country’s with large areas of land for solar panels.
  Enhancing the performance, condition, safety and reliability of offshore wind energy infrastructure systems using optimal design, inspections, structural health monitoring and structural control
  Dr P Omenzetter, Dr P Dunning, Dr S S Aphale
Applications accepted all year round

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Wind turbines are exposed to frequent structural damage increasing the cost of wind energy generation. To drive these costs down, this project will develop new automated methods for detection of structural damage to wind turbines by examining vibration responses measured by sensors attached to the structure.
  Development of Nano-Enabled Drug Carriers to Overcome Pan-Chemoresistance of Cancer Stem(-like) Cells
  Dr M Najlah
Applications accepted all year round

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The acquired resistance induced by repetitive exposure of cancer cells to anticancer drugs is one of the major limitations to successful chemotherapy.
  Computation-led materials design for heterogeneous catalytic applications
  Dr A Logsdail
Applications accepted all year round

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Computation-led materials design for heterogeneous catalytic applications. PhD Supervisor. Dr. Andrew J. Logsdail http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/481607-logsdail-andrew.
  EPSRC DTP Hub – Biosensors and Diagnostics

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Cardiff University has established a new interdisciplinary training hub (IDTH) for a postgraduate student training and research program that addresses the urgent need for state-of-the-art biosensors and diagnostics.
  EPSRC DTP Hub – Sustainable Plastics

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These studentships will be part of Cardiff University's interdisciplinary doctoral training hub in sustainable plastics. The manufacture, performance and end-of-life (recycling, environmental fate) of polymers (plastics) is an area of intense current interest and importance.
  PhD in Engineering: Fundamental interactions of cells with electromagnetic fields
  Dr C Williams
Application Deadline: 26 June 2020

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Underpinning the function of any biosensor is the fundamental interaction that leads to the reporter signal of the sensor. Within this IDTH, we are already using microwaves for the rapid release of target DNA from cells, and study the fundamental interactions of microwaves with living cells.
  School of Chemistry - Cardiff University

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 . Applications welcome. We welcome applications from UK, EU and International applicants wishing to study for a Chemistry PhD or MPhil at Cardiff University.
  Active Colloidal-Quantum-Dot Light Emitting Devices: QD Laser and QD LEDs
  Dr BH Hou, Prof P M Smowton
Applications accepted all year round

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Realization of electrically pumped lighting and lasing with colloidal quantum dots will have a revolutionary impact on many disciplines including display, photonics, optical communication, chemical sensing, and medical diagnostics.
  Exciton dynamics in diamond and two-dimensional metal dichalcogenide enabled van der Waals heterostructures
  Prof O Williams, Dr BH Hou
Applications accepted all year round

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Two-dimensional (2D) materials offer a platform that allows the creation of heterostructures with a variety of properties. One- atom-thick crystals now comprise a large family of these materials, collectively covering a comprehensive range of features and numerous intrigue scientific challenges.
  Hybrid Energy Harvester Based on Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells and Triboelectric Nanogenerator
  Dr BH Hou, Prof P M Smowton
Applications accepted all year round

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Recent advances in energy harvesting using photovoltaic and triboelectric effects demonstrate outstanding performances of energy harvesters as power supplies.
  Lattice Anchoring Mediated Colloidal Quantum Dot Passivated Perovskite Superlattice Toward High Ambient Tolerance Multiple-Junction Solar Cells
  Dr BH Hou, Prof W W Langbein
Applications accepted all year round

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  Understanding carrier dynamics in CuInZnS3 quantum dots toward high-performance indoor photovoltaics.
  Prof W W Langbein, Dr BH Hou
Applications accepted all year round

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Project description. CuInZnS3 quantum dots (CIZS QDs) is a non-toxic and phosphide free material which has a significant potential to be used in wearable PVs and indoor PVs [1,2].
  VC International Scholarship in Physical Sciences - Lattice Anchoring Mediated Colloidal Quantum Dot Passivated Perovskite Superlattice Toward High Ambient Tolerance Multiple-Junction Solar Cells
  Dr BH Hou, Prof W W Langbein, Dr S Lynch, Prof P M Smowton
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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Organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites solar cells (PSCs) are recognized as promising third-generation photovoltaic technology due to their excellent photovoltaic performance and high compatibility with cost-effective manufacturing processes.
  VC International Scholarship in Physical Sciences - Understanding carrier dynamics in CuInZnS3 quantum dots toward high-performance indoor photovoltaics
  Dr BH Hou, Prof W W Langbein, Prof P Borri, Prof P M Smowton
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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CuInZnS3 quantum dots (CIZS QDs) is a non-toxic and phosphide free material which has a significant potential for wearable PVs and indoor PVs.
  VC International Scholarship in Physical Sciences -Flexible textile-based self-powered energy harvesting and storage system for smart wearable electronics.
  Dr BH Hou, Prof O Williams, Prof G Min
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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Smart wearable electronics that are fabricated on fabrics or textile substrates are of importance for next-generation portable electronic device systems.
  VC International Scholarship in Physical Sciences -Hybrid Energy Harvester Based on Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells and Triboelectric Nanogenerator
  Dr BH Hou, Dr S Lynch, Prof W W Langbein, Prof P M Smowton
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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Recent advances in energy harvesting using photovoltaic and triboelectric effects demonstrate outstanding performances of energy harvesters as power supplies.
  Advanced battery diagnostics for ultra-fast charging
  Dr O Curnick
Application Deadline: 30 May 2020

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Lengthy charging times are a key drawback for Li-ion batteries in consumer applications such as portable electronics and electric vehicles.
  Improved Computer Modelling for Slow Decomposition Processes PhD
  Dr C Stennett, Prof J Akhavan
Application Deadline: 12 June 2020

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Current world-wide computer modelling of energetic materials, while well developed, is deficient in the area of the simulation of low-temperature, slow-rate chemical decomposition.
  Photoelectron Circular Dichroism as a Chiral Probe
  Dr D Townsend
Applications accepted all year round

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This experimental project will investigate photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) in chiral molecules (i.e. molecules exhibiting distinct left- and right-handed forms that are non-superimposable mirror images).
  Quantum‑Enhanced Imaging (EPS2020/16)
  Prof G Buller
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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The Single‑Photon Group at Heriot‑Watt University offer a four year fully funded PhD position examining aspects of single‑photon and quantum‑enhanced imaging.
  Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy using Hollow-Core Photonic Crystal Fibres
  Dr D Townsend
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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Recent advances in hollow-core photonic crystal fibre technology now permit widely tuneable generation of femtosecond light pulses in the ultraviolet spectral region.
  Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of Photosensitizers in Photodynamic Therapy
  Dr D Townsend, Dr SJ Greaves
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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Femtosecond lasers with pulse durations comparable to the “ultrafast” timescales of molecular motion have become a powerful tool for studying the dynamics of energy redistribution following ultraviolet (UV) absorption in real time.
  Catalytic conversion of bio-renewables with heterogeneous catalysts
  Dr C Hammond
Application Deadline: 1 October 2020

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Introduction. Non-renewable fossil resources currently account for the production of 96 % of all organic chemicals on an industrial scale, which limits the overall sustainability of the chemical sector.
  Catalytic upgrading of C1 compounds
  Dr C Hammond
Application Deadline: 1 October 2020

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Introduction. C1 compounds such as CO2 and CH4 are increasingly important building blocks for the chemical industry. Yet, methods of converting these abundant compounds into useful chemicals and fuels are hampered by several practical, technical, and economic challenges.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Synthesis & Reaction Technology (rEaCt) - 5 Studentship Projects Available

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Fully funded EPSRC – and some industry-funded – studentships are available for Home Students and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start date a CDT studentship, i.e.
  Ultrafast crystallography using X-ray Free Electron Lasers
  Dr J J Van Thor
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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A 3 year EPSRC-funded PhD studentship is offered in the group of Professor Jasper van Thor at Imperial College London in the area of ultrafast X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) and ultrafast laser science.
  Intra-intestinal inactivation of residual antibiotics as a promising approach to fight against antimicrobial resistance.
  Dr M Khoder
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a grave threat to public health causing 50000 deaths per year in the US and Europe alone. With virtually no new antibiotic classes created in the new millennia, identifying novel strategies to preserve and extend the useful life of existing antibiotics has therefore become a priority.
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