Summary

Exsolution of nanoparticles is a very powerful and extensive phenomenon that opens up a new field impinging on chemistry, materials science and physics (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 2015, 5106; Nature Communications 6, 2015, 8120; Nature Communications 8, 2017, 1855; Nature volume 537, 2016, 528). The objective of this project is to investigate exsolution by plasma processes, aiming to achieve nanoparticles with novel composition and properties for catalysis applications. The work involves the materials synthesis and characterization as well as the development of plasma processes and systems. The project is in collaboration with University of St Andrews, Imperial College London, University of Bath and Newcastle University. The candidate applying for this PhD project should have strong interest in materials science/engineering, catalysis and interest in working with plasma processes. Applicants with a background in physics, materials science and engineering are encouraged to apply.


Essential criteria

  • To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.

Funding

    The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:

    Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)

    Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £15,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Bursary (VCRB)

    Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £7,500 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)

    Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies


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