Metal quantum dots exhibit intriguing properties and have been very little investigated or exploited. This project intends to explore synthesis methods for very small metal nanoparticles, quantum dots and clusters. Subsequently, relevant properties will be studied in details and quantum dots will be used in solar cells as well as in catalytic applications.
The candidate applying for this PhD project should have strong interest in materials science/engineering, solar cells and interest in working with plasma processes. Applicants with a background in physics, materials science, chemistry and engineering are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study.
We may also consider applications from those who hold equivalent qualifications, for example, a Lower Second Class Honours Degree plus a Master’s Degree with Distinction.
In exceptional circumstances, the University may consider a portfolio of evidence from applicants who have appropriate professional experience which is equivalent to the learning outcomes of an Honours degree in lieu of academic qualifications.
Funding and eligibility
The University offers the following levels of support:
Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)
The following scholarship options are available to applicants worldwide:
- Full Award: (full-time tuition fees + £19,000 (tbc))
- Part Award: (full-time tuition fees + £9,500)
- Fees Only Award: (full-time tuition fees)
These scholarships will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance) and will provide a £900 per annum research training support grant (RTSG) to help support the PhD researcher.
Applicants who already hold a doctoral degree or who have been registered on a programme of research leading to the award of a doctoral degree on a full-time basis for more than one year (or part-time equivalent) are NOT eligible to apply for an award.
Please note: you will automatically be entered into the competition for the Full Award, unless you state otherwise in your application.
Due consideration should be given to financing your studies. Further information on cost of living