The UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science is offering a fully funded studentship to a highly motivated candidate.
Monolayer and few-layer materials are of great interest for chemical research due to their intriguing properties, such as high electrical conductivity, robust and protected quantum states, and strongly reduced thermal conductivity. In particular, the electronic and chemical properties of monolayer materials are of great interest for electro-chemical, photo-catalysis and electronic applications, either to build high-capacity energy storage systems or electronic/photonic devices. Graphene and several other 2D materials, e.g. silicene, phosphorene and metal dichalcogenide monolayers, can be synthesised, modified and assembled together to for new materials and structures with greatly enhanced functionalities.
This PhD project involves the surface characterisations of 2D materials and their re-assembled structures. Synthesis and modification approaches will involve supercritical exfoliation, PECVD and ALD. Surface characterisations will involve extensive techniques of AFM / Raman analyses, XPS, FT-IR, SEM and TEM – all of the facilities are available within the research group and/or Department. We are particularly interested in how the 2D materials may be used as a substrate for atomic wire deposition, electrode structures and how they may modify ionic transport in batteries and supercapacitors.
For more information please contact Prof. Xiao Guo ([email protected]
). Deadline for applications will be 30 June 2017, but the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate, with a strong background in one of the natural science or engineering subject, with at least a 2.1 honours degree from a reputable university. The applicant must show creative and innovative experience and is able to work independently and collaboratively.
Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to applicants from the UK and EU, who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years preceding their start on the programme or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.