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PhD Fellowship in Development of Energy Nanocapsules - the effect of nanoconfinement on the properties of energy-enriched materials for storage of thermal and biological energy.

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Project Description

Applications are invited for a graduate to join the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool, UK for a funded 42 month period of research leading to the award of PhD.

PhD project is focused on the study of the effect of nanoconfinement on the properties of energy-enriched materials for storage of thermal and biological energy. The project is a part of ERC Consolidator grant ENERCAPSULE involving 5 researchers working in this field (the total number of the members of my group is 14). The approach is to tackle the Q-sized effects in the materials able to store different types of energy with a special focus on the uptake, delivery and release on demand of the waste heat. Encapsulation of the innovative compounds in smart nanostructured materials will be implemented to optimize the performance of the targeted delivery of the desired amount of energy. A proof-of-concept for the most promising candidates will be developed and demonstrators will be produced and tested in collaboration with UK energy companies.

Additional benefit of the PhD study is the participation in the EU wide network on smart materials and the activity of the European Society of Sonochemistry.

The project will involve diverse nanosynthetic approaches, material preparation and physico-chemical characterisation of the resulting energy nanocapsules. The candidate will receive extensive training in physical chemistry and synthesis of nanomaterials of industrial importance. The knowledge and skills developed will provide the candidate with a solid foundation for his/her future academic or industrial career in the field of renewable energy, energy storage and functional coatings.

Creative and highly motivated applicants from UK/EU are encouraged to apply. A degree (First or Upper Second) in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science is required. A background in nanotechnology, physical or polymer chemistry would be an advantage.

The initial studentship stipend is £18,417 per annum with self-funded tuition fees allocation (stipend rate after deduction of tuition fees is £14,057 per annum).

To apply please send a copy of your curriculum vitae and contact details for two referees to:
Prof. Dmitry Shchukin ([email protected]).

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31th August 2016.

The position is available from 1st October 2016 or earlier.

Funding Notes

The initial studentship stipend is £18,417 per annum with self-funded tuition fees allocation (stipend rate after deduction of tuition fees is £14,057 per annum).

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