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PhD Project - Chemistry - Dynamics of charge-transfer excitons in organic materials

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    Dr Stradomska-Szymczak
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Start Date: 1 October 2015

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD studentship to be supervised by Dr Anna Stradomska-Szymczak in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow.

Efficient charge separation after light absorption is a crucial factor for the performance of organic solar cells. One of the key steps in this process is the creation of charge-transfer excitations. These states, with an electron transferred from one molecule to another, are also believed to play a vital role in exciton fission, a process that can further enhance the efficiency of solar cells. This project aims at comprehensive modelling of the nature and time evolution of optically excited states in organic materials, taking into account the intramolecular and charge-transfer excitations, molecular vibrations, and the influence of the environment.

The research lies at the crossroads of chemistry and physics. The ideal candidate will hold, or expect to hold, a good (2:1 or above) primary degree / Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent) in chemistry, physics or materials science, and have interest in computational research. Solid background in theoretical chemistry, theory of condensed matter, or molecular physics is desirable, as well as experience in computer programming.

Prospective candidates should contact Dr Stradomska-Szymczak for information by email ([email protected]) with a CV and cover letter.

A good (2:1 or above) primary degree / Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent) in chemistry, physics or materials science is required. Note that due to funding restrictions, this position is only available to UK and EU students. Self-funded students from outwith the EU are encouraged to contact Dr Stradomska-Szymczak directly.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU applicants, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (£13,863 for Session 2014-2015).

How good is research at University of Glasgow in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Strathclyde)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 30.80

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