Funded PhD Opportunity Metal quantum dots and clusters for energy applications

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Subject: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials


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.

Essential Criteria

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


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £14,777 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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