Department of Chemistry http://www.bath.ac.uk/chemistry in collaboration with the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation (Bath IMI) http://www.bath.ac.uk/imi
Deadline for applications: midday Wednesday 2nd March 2016
This exciting PhD studentship opportunity results from an innovative and multi-disciplinary collaboration between the University of Bath and an industrial sponsor.
The project will be based in the Departments of Chemistry and Mathematical Sciences and will involve close collaboration with the the industrial sponsor. The supervisory team will be led by Prof Frank Marken (Chemistry, Bath), with co-supervision provided by Prof Jonathan Dawes (Mathematical Sciences / Bath IMI) and representatives from the sponsor. The student will be based in Bath and will have the opportunity to spend time on placements at the Industrial Sponsors’ site, near Bristol.
Candidates must have (or be about to attain) a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or related discipline (with some knowledge about electrochemistry desirable), and be able to demonstrate interest in interdisciplinary projects. Strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential.
Brief project description: This project will focus on processes at metal-electrolyte interfaces particularly in porous systems. During the project, complex phenomena will be measured at the surface of different types of metals and in pores of varying geometries. From the fundamental insight into the electrochemical processes (with a range of experimental tools) progress will be made towards predictive models for industry (in collaboration with the Department of Mathematical Sciences). The project will explore application of the process to different cable conductor materials and to a range of different solution environments and conditions (e.g. freshwater, seawater, etc.). The postgraduate researcher will be trained in electrochemical methods and in experimental tools, in surface science imaging and in corrosion, as well as in quantitative data analysis. An important aspect of the project will be collaboration across traditional inter-disciplinary boundaries and close interaction with industry.
Students taking up the award will receive support to attend academic conferences (national and international), and have the opportunity to benefit from the infrastructure of Bath’s EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies.
The PhD project is expected to start in summer 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. Funding includes full tuition fees at the home rate, a training support fee, and tax-free maintenance of £14,057/annum (2015/16 rate). Only UK and EU students are eligible for this funding.
Expressions of interest should be sent to IMI’s Institute Coordinator, Dr Catrin Yeomans, via email [email protected]
with the subject line “Pore corrosion dynamics PhD” and should include:
• A short statement (250 words) explaining your motivation for applying
• A 2-page CV which includes your academic and work experience, your nationality and country of normal residence (for the past 3 years, not including full time education), and the contact details of two referees
• Scanned copies of your academic transcript(s)
• Information on where you heard about the studentship
All applications will be reviewed rapidly and promising applicants will be invited to an interview. Please be aware that the University of Bath reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.