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Multiple anion materials for solar energy and waste heat capture applications

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    Dr T Manning
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

Despite the importance of single anion solids such as oxides in science and technology (e.g., there are over 1000 multilayer capacitors based on the ferroelectric oxide BaTiO3 in a car), there is much less work reported on materials where two or more different anions form the structure. The objective of this project is to develop design rules that will allow the controllable synthesis of multiple anion materials. The initial focus on oxygen, sulfur and phosphorus will give the targeted materials properties relevant to photovoltaic solar energy conversion and thermoelectric conversion of waste heat to electricity, and we will evaluate the new materials for both these exciting applications. The project has the potential to generate new classes of materials whose properties may well be important in areas well beyond these two highlighted ones (for example, in superconductivity), and we will use our extensive measurement facilities to investigate this.

Postgraduate research opportunities for ambitious candidates with at least a 2i degree in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science. Excellent students from a broad range of backgrounds with a strong interest in new materials are encouraged to apply.
These projects in the research group of Professor Matt Rosseinsky FRS all involve the synthesis and detailed characterisation of new inorganic and hybrid materials: there is the opportunity to combine this with computational work (e.g., Science 2013, 340, 847), and all projects involve working closely with the computational sub-team in the research group. You will work in the new £68M Materials Innovation Factory in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities (https://www.liv.ac.uk/materials-innovation-factory/). We make extensive use of central X-ray and neutron scattering facilities and have many international and national collaborations covering multiple disciplines with both academic and industrial teams.

EPSRC eligibility
Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to the EPSRC website http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/.
The award will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years. The maintenance grant will be £14,057 for 2015/16.

The funding for one of these positions (flexibly allocated i.e. not specified by project at this stage) is a University of Liverpool GTA.

GTA eligibility
The award is primarily available to students resident in the UK/EU and will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant of £14,057 for 3.5 years. The studentship includes a commitment to work up to 144 hours per academic year to help with teaching-related activities in modules currently taught in the Department of Chemistry, as assigned by the Head of Department or his representative.

Non-EU nationals are not eligible for these positions and applications from non-EU candidates will not be considered.

The successful candidate should have, or expect to have, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Chemistry. Please apply by completing the online postgraduate research application form at http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/online.htm. Applications should be made as soon as possible and no later than 29th February 2016. Informal enquiries should be addressed to [email protected]

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