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Funded PhD Opportunity

Metal quantum dots and clusters for energy applications

Subject: Engineering


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 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 £14,777 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.

Other information

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Monday 18 February 2019

Interview Date
mid March 2019

Contact supervisor

Professor Davide Mariotti

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