Funded PhD Opportunity Exsolution of nanoparticles by plasma processing

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Subject: Engineering


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

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 5 November 2018
Interview Date
12 December 2018

Contact Supervisor

Professor Davide Mariotti

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