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22 Сен

PhD in Applied Physics at the University of South Florida: Fundamental Studies of Glassy Polymer Mechanics

PhD in Applied Physics at the University of South Florida: Fundamental Studies of Glassy Polymer Mechanics

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
 Physics, University of South Florida

Project Description

Funding is available for a student to advance our understanding of glassy polymer mechanics via a coordinated program of molecular simulations and analytic theory,

About my approach to science: I am a soft matter physicist first. Many mechanical, dynamical and structural properties of materials remain poorly understood for reasons independent of system-specific chemistry. Great advances in understanding these properties can be achieved through coarse-grained and multiscale simulations that are computationally efficient enough to access experimentally accessible spatiotemporal scales yet «chemically» realistic enough to capture the essential physics underlying the properties under study. I have and will continue to concentrate on explaining poorly-understood behaviors of polymeric, colloidal, and nanocomposite systems through coarse-grained modeling and concomitant development of analytic theories. The general theme is to do basic research on topics that are of high practical interest. See http://labs.cas.usf.edu/softmattertheory/ for more information.

About the project: The available PhD project is a coherent program of simulations and analytic modeling that will significantly enhance the scientific community’s basic physical understanding of how the mechanical properties of polymer glasses relate to their microscopic interactions and mesoscale order. Simulations will systematically relate differences in mechanical response to differences in micro- and meso-structure by varying local chain stiffness, sample preparation protocol, temperature, and deformation history. Systems will be deformed to fracture to determine how these factors influence ultimate mechanical properties (e.g. ductility and toughness). The relatively low computational cost of the coarse-grained approach will be exploited to explore relevant parameter spaces far more broadly than is feasible for chemically detailed models. Analytic work will both complement the simulations and extend recently developed microphysics-based theories of polymer mechanics, through an iterative process wherein simulation uncovers problems with theories, the theories are improved as needed, and then used to make new predictions that will be tested by carefully designed followup simulations. This combined approach is designed to contribute maximally to the community’s long term goal of obtaining a level of physical understanding sufficient to develop predictive design principles for materials with tailorable mechanical response. Progress towards this goal will facilitate development of strong, lightweight structural plastics that can be used in applications ranging from automobiles to armaments, thus contributing to the growth of the $350+ billion dollar plastics industry. Note that the project will also provide the student broad training in soft condensed matter physics and computational science that will be applicable to a wide range of systems (not just polymers.)

How to apply: Please see the USF Physics website: http://physics.usf.edu/graduate/ for application instructions. The application deadline is February 1, 2018 for admission in Fall 2018. Also, please contact the PI via email at if you have any questions about this position or the program more generally.

Funding Notes

PhD students in our program generally spend the first year taking courses and serving as teaching assistants. They join research groups the summer after the first academic year and then are funded as research assistants (if funding is available, as it is for this project.)

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=78574&Email=1

22 Сен

Flexible microdevices for characterization of bionanomechanics in cancer

Flexible microdevices for characterization of bionanomechanics in cancer

 

Project Description

There have been extensive efforts to study the role of gene mutations in cancer and an accumulation of mutations has been proposed as being necessary for cancer development. However, the results from gene-based drug treatments of cancers have been variable [1] and less satisfactory than desired [2], being much less than antibiotic effects on infectious diseases for example. Recently, evidence has accumulated that cancer is not only a disease of genetic mutations, but that the micro- and nano-environments of cells may be essential factors in triggering tumour growth [3]. Tumorigenic growth patterns can be induced by inappropriate mechanical forces [4-6]. For example, the dysfunctional collagen crosslinking in the cell extracellular matrix (ECM) of old individuals may be the trigger for cancer in old age [7-9]. Furthermore, the earlier onset of breast cancer, compared to cancers of other organs [10], is explained by accelerated aging of healthy breast tissue [11]. For cancer to spread, invade or metastasise, a cancer cell must exert physical forces [12]. Thus, we propose that a disrupted environment (a mutation-independent element) is necessary for the local condition to promote cancer development. However, there is no coherent quantitative data on the nature and level of mechanical forces that influence the interactions between the physical micro- and nano-environment and cancer cells [12].

Research work plan

We will develop a microfluidic platform to perform force measurements on three dimensional spheroid clusters [15]. Clusters of cells, often called ‘spheroids’, will be formed suspended in culture medium. We will place clusters of cells in arrays and cages of elastomeric and conductive polymer pillars to study spheroids in a 3D environment. Our collaborator Prof. Vieu recently demonstrated the measurement of interior forces in multi-cellular 3-D spheroid tumour models using high aspect ratio pillars made of PDMS [16]. During culturing, clusters increase in size by cell proliferation and gradually exert greater force on the pillars and on themselves.

In this work we will extend these experiments to endometrial cancer cells and add the ability to artificially impose mechanical forces on the spheroids. Cells being compressed will transfer force to adjacent pillars, allowing the magnitude to be quantified from the pillar deflection. For force sensing we will directly compare elastomeric and conductive polymer pillar arrays, thus adding functionality and producing more detailed and accurate force measurements. Our existing pillar arrays, developed for multi-point force measurement with nematodes [17], have recently been miniaturized. Elastomeric pillars 30 μm high and with diameters as small as 7 μm, were used for force sensing on fungal hyphae, demonstrating nano-Newton resolution [18]. We will use soft-lithography and replica moulding developed for this work to fabricate the elastomeric pillar arrays and direct writing [19] on prefabricated electrode arrays to produce the conductive polymer pillar arrays. The spheroids will be collected at selected time points and submitted to immunohistochemistry, which will identify differences between cells on the inside of the spheroid from those on the outside, noting for example changes to focal adhesion complexes and the cytoskeleton.

Building on the force measurement devices described above, we will extend the work further by developing a microfluidic platform capable of applying controlled forces to multi-cellular models. Current force application techniques designed to study single and 2-D cell behaviour under mechanical stress do not integrate force feedback or allow for active force modulation [20, 21]. The ability to dynamically alter forces to which cells are exposed [22] will provide more relevant information. Active force modulation with direct sensor feedback will allow us to test for a variety of compressive force levels to determine the effect on multi-cellular cancer models. PDMS membrane-based Quake-type [23] and side valve devices [24] capable of applying compressive force will be developed. A microfluidic cell handling platform will be developed that will allow for precise control of force level, duration and dynamics in a high throughput fashion. Integrated fluid handling will allow us to study gene and protein expression of the cancer cells during mechanobiologically relevant force profiles on-chip.

This PhD project has the following specific objectives:
1) Design and fabricate a microfluidic platform for cell-spheroid force application and measurement.
2) Characterize the bionanomechanics of tumour growth and effect of force stimuli.
3) Explore gene and protein expression during mechanobiologically relevant force profiles on-chip.

Funding Notes

This fully funded studentship includes a NZ$27,500 per annum stipend and is part of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national centre of research excellence. It will be based in the School of Engineering, with opportunity for close interaction with the Biomolecular Interaction Centre and the Otago School of Medicine. The ideal candidate will have a BEng/BSc honours or MEng/MSc in Microsystems, Bioengineering or Materials Engineering, with strong interest in cell-biology. This is a highly interdisciplinary project and candidates with experience in cell-biology are especially welcome. Previous experience in soft-lithography, microfluidics, and fluorescence microscopy, is essential.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=88244&Email=1

22 Сен

PhD in Electrical Engineering – Characterization of short circuit behaviour of distribution transformers

PhD in Electrical Engineering – Characterization of short circuit behaviour of distribution transformers

  • Applications accepted all year round
  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

Project Description

Do you want to work with NZ’s major transformer manufacturer, gain commercial & business experience and get a PhD?

We offer the opportunity for a PhD scholarship in electrical engineering in cooperation with New Zealand’s major manufacturer of transformers, ETEL Ltd.

Distribution Transformers play a vital role in the system which delivers electricity to the end user and is the final part of the transmission system from the power plant to the consumer. Distribution Transformers step down the MV power, usually 11kv into the domestic LV, 440 V supply and are a critical part of the distribution network.

Optimized mechanical and electrical design is a crucial part of future transformer development and manufacturing. This PhD project will develop the theoretical and practical framework to characterize the correlation between transformer design parameters and its short circuit behaviour, targeting smaller distribution transformers, including layer wound distribution transformers: 2 and 3 winding, autotransformer and earthing transformers. The theoretical framework will include calculation of mechanical forces and stresses in transformers winding using Maxwell equations and FEM and its correlation to major design parameters as well as the design and calculation of optimized clamping structures. The testing of optimized transformers and agreement between theoretical and experimental data and the final integration in custom tailored design program will also form part of this work.

This project will require working with researchers at both the Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington and at ETEL Transformers Ltd and will include some time based within the ETEL factory and testing labs in Auckland to understand transformer design parameters and investigate the possibility of utilising their transformer testing infrastructure within this project.

The ideal candidate will have relevant First-Class Honours or Masterate qualification in Engineering or Physics and must satisfy the requirements for admission as a PhD candidate at Victoria University. We are seeking a highly motivated person with an excellent academic record, and able to work well in a team. A background in electrical engineering as well as experience in data analysis and programming would be desirable.

Funding Notes

Please note: Funding for this PhD scholarship will be applied for after the ideal candidate is confirmed. The Scholarship will be dependent on the funding application being successful.

References

For more information: Send an email titled “Re: Characterisation of Distribution Transformers” to RRI-postgrad@vuw.ac.nz.

Applicants should include the following: (i) Curriculum Vitae
(ii) A summary of university grades
(iii) A statement detailing why you are interested in this project
(iv) Contact information for two potential referees.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=88958&Email=1

22 Сен

PhD Studentship Opportunity: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Hospitality

PhD Studentship Opportunity: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Hospitality

Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Surrey invites applications from excellent candidates for a PhD studentship covering Home/EU & Overseas fees and maintenance for January 2018 entry.

We are recruiting a motivated candidate into an exciting, world-class research environment to address critical issues facing automation in hospitality management. The PhD study will focus on how methods of artificial intelligence can be applied to tackle challenges of productivity and customer experience in the hospitality sector. The successful candidate will be expected to master a broad range of theory in artificial intelligence and services management, and employ novel research methodologies to measure human (experience of programming is a desired skill) – robot interactions in various hospitality settings. In your application you will need to offer a formal proposal that documents how you will draw on AI and robotics theory and methodology, and how you plan to apply this to the hospitality domain.

Our PhD programme comprises approximately three years of full time study during which you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of scholarly research leading to a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is of a standard appropriate for publication in high-quality refereed journals. As a member of the ESRC funded South East Doctoral Training Centre we offer excellent research training and the opportunity to be part of a vibrant research community that shapes agendas of scholarship and practice. For more information about the Digital Visitor Economy Research Group and our state of the art Digital Lab, please visit:
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/school-hospitality-tourism-management/research/digital-visitor-economy

For full programme information and information on how to apply, please visit:http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/research

Dr Paul Hanna, Director of Post Graduate Research, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management:

Dr Iis Tussyadiah, Director of The Digital Visitor Economy Research Group, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management,

Funding Notes

The latest you can apply, and be considered for this studentship, is 4pm (UK time) Monday 31 October 2017.

Successful candidates will have or expect to be awarded a first class (1st) or 2:1 Bachelors degree, or have/expect to be awarded a minimum of Merit on their Masters degree in Social Sciences/related discipline (e.g. Human Geography, Sociology, Psychology), Computer Sciences, or Hospitality/Tourism Management. Knowledge of programming languages and tools, such as Python or Coreographe, is desirable. Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=87406&Email=1

22 Сен

Medicine of the XXII century: development of nanocarriers for drugs and macromolecules

Medicine of the XXII century: development of nanocarriers for drugs and macromolecules

  • Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Medway School of Pharmacy, Universities of Kent and Greenwich


Project Description

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD at the interfaces of chemistry, polymer science and biochemistry.

We are looking for an enthusiastic student to work on a multidisciplinary project involving the development of polymers. These polymers will be used to deliver drugs and/or macromolecules for cancer therapy. The project will focus on the synthesis and characterisation of polymers and polymer bioconjugates, together with the assessment of their biological activity and delivery efficiency. The successful candidate will learn to work in a multidisciplinary environment and will use a range of techniques including synthetic, spectroscopic and chromatographic methods biochemical and biological assays and cell culture.

The successful candidate will be based at the Medway School of Pharmacy (University of Kent, Medway campus) and work under the supervision of Dr Nathalie Lavignac. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the successful candidate will gain experience in chemical synthesis, biochemistry and polymer science (e.g. organic and polymer chemistry), and will use a wide range of techniques such as NMR, SEC, UV, IR, HPLC, FPLC, GPC, gel electrophoresis, circular dichroism, DLS, TEM and fluorescence spectroscopy. As part of the University Graduate School, the student will attend diverse integrated training activities, at the Medway or Canterbury campus, which will favour their transition from student to professional researcher.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a First Class Honours degree ((BSc + MSc) or MChem) in polymer materials or chemistry and be interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research. Effective time-management, excellent attention to detail and good written and verbal communication skills are essential. Ability to work independently and experience in conducting laboratory experiments for organic synthesis and/or polymer synthesis will be advantageous.

HOW TO APPLY
Applications should be sent by email to Dr Lavignac () and include a covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities and interest in the project, a detailed CV including the contact details of at least two academic referees, copies of your degree certificates and corresponding detailed academic transcripts, evidence of your proficiency in the English language (e.g. IELTS test: 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in Speaking and Listening). International students should see the School website for up to date information regarding fees, please visit this page: http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/fees-and-finance.html.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=83812&Email=1
22 Сен

Synthesis and Parametric study of Self-healing Rubber

Synthesis and Parametric study of Self-healing Rubber

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Project Description

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering is seeking an outstanding and committed graduate to undertake research leading to the award of a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.

Development of novel self-healing materials is an important technological area in the UK. These materials offer attractive material performance in erosion resistance, structural integrity, and surface protection. Research associated with these materials has an excellent fit to the University strategic themes in energy, advanced manufacturing and materials, and health and wellbeing. A typical self-healing material is characterised by its ability to recover from damage. By carefully tailoring healing mechanisms during material synthesis, the physiochemical properties of the final material can be manipulated for a specific application.

At Strathclyde, we are developing abrasion-resistant self-healing rubber for progressing equipment. Current natural rubber lining has a short life-span under aggressive progressing condition. This leads to high maintenance cost and potential damage to the processing equipment. Over the past decades, extensive R&D effort can be seen on improving fundamental understanding of material wear as well as developing more abrasive-resistant materials. Much of it has been focused on the attempt of making the materials more wear resistant in a passive manner. More recently, a relatively more proactive approach has been attracting increasing attention through bio-inspired self-healing processes. This approach to the repair of structures is inspired by that of living organisms. The development of selfhealing rubber for this application will be a ‘game-changer’.

The aim of this project is to:

1) Investigate abrasion mechanisms in rubber
2) Develop a novel synthesis route to manufacturing a abrasion-resistant self-healing rubber
3) Establish processing-structure-property relationship in self-healing rubber through a parametric study
4) Optimise the self-healing efficiency and trial the synthesised material in the processing equipment
5) Disseminate the outputs to relevant research community and industrial partners.

Your academic supervisors will be Dr Liu Yang () of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department and Dr John Liggat () of the Pure and Applied Chemistry Department. The research team at Strathclyde (http://www.strath.ac.uk) is internationally recognised for research in this area and the successful applicant will be encouraged to collaborate with team members and industrial partners (http://www.global.weir).

Entry requirements

Students applying should normally have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant materials science, chemistry, or chemical engineering subject, and be highly motivated to undertake cutting-edge research in this field. Candidates with a background in rubber synthesis and development are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with self-healing materials is desirable though not essential.

Funding
This 3.5-year PhD studentship will cover Home/EU fees and a tax-free maintenance grant of a minimum of £15,500 per annum. The studentship is also open to overseas students.

If you wish to apply please email a covering letter, full Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of at least two academic referees to BOTH Dr Liu Yang and Dr John Liggat .

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=88875&Email=1
17 Сен

Cooperative Control of Multi-Robot Systems using Machine Learning

Cooperative Control of Multi-Robot Systems using Machine Learning

  • Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Multi-robot systems have been recognized to have great potential in many application areas such as cooperative surveillance, cooperative cargo transportation, and so on. Many interesting theoretical and practical problems in multi-robot systems have attracted extensive research attention in recent years. However, most of the existing cooperative control laws are designed based on the conventional linear and nonlinear control theories.

In this project, the student will explore the roles of new methods such as machine leaning in the design of multi-robot cooperative control.

Funding Notes

Applicants can apply for a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these Scholarships is highly competitive.
View Website

References

Prospective students should have a background in control engineering, robotics, or computer science.

17 Сен

Sêr Cymru II-PhD Studentship: Developing Nanoscale Photoelectocatalyst Coatings for Solar Fuel Generation

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Funding provider: Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund

Subject areas: Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Nanotechnology , Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry, Materials Chemistry

Start date: 8 January 2018

Description:

Energy sustainability is an emerging issue to date due to huge consumption of fossil-fuel sources (coal, natural gas, liquid fuel) in domestic and industrial sectors. The artificial photosynthesis process is a promising route to convert the solar energy into fuel and electricity. In this line, developing earth abundance, less expensive semiconductor materials perceive great attention owing to their potentiality in photoabsorbance, and catalytic activity towards transforming solar energy in to fuel generation using water and pollutant. For example, titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a well-known photocatalyst/photoelectrocatalyst to oxidise the water into oxygen gas under light irradiation. However, its wide band gap energy nature (~3.2 eV) restrict the visible light photon harvesting from solar spectrum. This project aims to maximise the solar light harvesting to the photoelectrocatalysis reaction through introducing nanostructured visible light semiconductors (modified TiO2, WO3, BiVO4, CdS, CuO, NiO, etc – powder and film form). In first phase, these materials will be prepared through integrated physio-chemical approach (spray coating, screen printing, and hydrothermal technique). In second phase, wide-range of co-catalyst materials will be deposited onto these visible light semiconductors. The resultant nanostructured hybrid semiconductor electrodes were to be tested in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting process and quantifying the fuel output (oxygen and hydrogen). In final stage, the prototype electrodes will be tested in pilot scale flow-type PEC cells. In this stage, different types of water pollutant will be tested in the PEC cells. The major challenges of a) understanding the photocharge carrier transfer mechanism at electrode/pollutant interfaces and b) origin of photocorrosion in the electrode will be exclusively examined in this project. These findings would be significant to researchers interested in identifying alternative routes in designing the champion, low-cost photocatalyst/photoelectrocatalyst towards solving the future energy crises.

Aims:

Developing nanoscale semiconductor thin films or electrodes and demonstrate their photoelectrocatalytic properties in solar fuel (hydrogen and oxygen) generation and water pollutant treatment.

Supervisor: Dr. Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu

Facilities:

The College of Engineering at Swansea University is based at the recently opened £450M Bay Campus and has world class research, links with industry and outstanding facilities. It has a record of £120M of research funding since 2008. This research project will be embedded within Materials Engineering which is ranked 5th in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2017) and in the top 200 departments in the world (Shanghai Global Rankings). Part of the material analysis will be carried out at Prof. James Durrant research group at Imperial College London.

Funding Notes

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus an annual stipend of £14,000. There will be additional funds for research expenses.

Eligibility

Candidates must have a first class in Master’s degree with Merit, in a relevant discipline (Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Nanotechnology).

Hands-on experience in nanomaterials synthesis, thin films fabrication, handling electrochemical station is preferable.

Applications are welcome from International Students on the understanding that the difference between the fees awarded (£4,500) and the international fee rate would be met by the successful candidate.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=88746&Email=1

08 Сен

Turbulent Multiphase Fluid Dynamics

Turbulent Multiphase Fluid Dynamics

Project Description

This PhD project seeks to enhance our fundamental understanding of turbulent multiphase flows and explore new technologies to enhance their control. While the topic the student would work on is in multiphase flows, the project may be focused on one of 2 key applications depending on the successful candidate’s interest and background. 1) fluid dynamics of renewable fuel delivery (in particular exploring the use of electrohydrodynamics in modifying turbulent spray behaviour) OR 2) fluid dynamics of drug delivery to the lungs (in particular improving the current design of dry powder inhalers through fundamental experiments studying drug powder dynamics in turbulent and transitional flows).

The project will generally entail design of a fully instrumented experimental rig, optical/laser diagnostic experiments, fundamental interpretation of fluid flow phenomena, as well as the potential to develop new theoretical models based on the experimental results. The candidate will be supervised by both postdoctoral and academic staff however must be independently driven, have a passion for fluid dynamics and engineering, and enjoy a serious challenge.

A successful candidate would have the opportunity to work in one of the most advanced laser diagnostic facilities in the world (http://web.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/thermofluids/index.php) while having the ability to carry out high-fidelity numerical simulations on readily available supercomputing facilities. The University’s engineering faculty is consistently ranked amongst the top 100 in the world.

Funding Notes

Prior to formal application, the candidate should contact Dr. Agisilaos Kourmatzis () with a CV, brief research proposal (maximum 3 pages) and a transcript of grades. This project would be applied for through the university wide *competitive* scholarship program (View Website). A successful candidate would typically have the equivalent of a First Class Honours Degree (e.g. A average), and be within the top 5-10% of their class. Students that are unsuccessful with university wide scholarships may be considered for school level funding.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=88674&Email=1

08 Сен

PhD in Chemistry: Computational Studies of Electron Transfer at Interfaces

PhD in Chemistry: Computational Studies of Electron Transfer at Interfaces

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Number of awards:

Start date and duration:

January 2018 for 3 years.

Application closing date:

31 October 2017.

Overview:

The interface is a fundamental aspect that determines a materials structure and many of its important properties. In a wide variety of technological applications, such as memory devices, batteries, sensors, catalysts, photovoltaics (PV) and photoelectrochemical cells (PEC), the mobility of charges (electrons or holes) across this interface represents a severe limitation to their performance.

The aim of this project is to develop skills in quantum chemistry, molecular and quantum dynamics to simulate, understand and refine charge mobility at interfaces of complex systems. The project will initially focus upon electron transfer processes involving polyoxometalates used as a cathode active material in energy storage and solar driven water oxidation.

Sponsor: School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/)

Name of supervisor: Dr Thomas Penfold, Principal Investigator (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/staff/profile/tompenfold.html#background)

Eligibility Criteria: The successful candidate will have an excellent first degree (first or upper second class or equivalent) in chemistry or a related subject (e.g. pharmacy, chemical engineering). They will demonstrate skills in practical and theoretical organic chemistry including familiarity with synthetic and analytical methods. Previous experience in computational chemistry and / or protein biochemistry is desirable but not essential.
The University will consider each individual application and allocate scholarships based on its strategic and diversity priorities. The School of Chemistry (now part of the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences) holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award and welcomes applications from all diverse backgrounds.

The award is open to UK/EU and international students.

How to apply: The candidate must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/) Only mandatory fields need to be completed however, you will need to include the following information:

insert the programme code: 8100F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD School of Chemistry (full time), Chemistry ’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code CY040 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter, CV and (if English is not your first language) a copy of your English language qualifications. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.

Contact: For further details, please contact the supervisor, Dr Thomas Penfold, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/staff/profile/tompenfold.html#background)

Funding Notes

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,553 2017/18). Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

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