(DEL) funded PhD Studentship in Plasma Synthesis of Advanced Nanoscale Oxides for Photovoltaics

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 19.07.2015

Web-Site: findaphd.com


Applications are invited for a DEL International funded PhD studentship tenable in the Faculty of Computing & Engineering at the Jordanstown Campus.

Nanomaterials have great opportunities in a wide range of applications whereby the production of nanomaterials needs to be carried out in large quantities, cost-effectively and with limited or no impact on the environment. Plasma-based processes presents in this sense an attractive approach for the fabrication of nanomaterials, in particular atmospheric pressure plasmas have the potential of meeting all manufacturing requirements. While progress in atmospheric pressure plasmas has increased dramatically in the past decade, the discipline is still relatively young if compared to other nanofabrication techniques, therefore a range of research opportunities are still unexplored.

The PhD student will be working within an EPSRC-funded project (EP/M015211/1). This is a project in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and its objective is to investigate nanoparticle catalyst production for large scale carbon nanotube growth. The work will include in part the development of scaled-up atmospheric plasma systems as well as the investigation of different material catalysts and how these affect the manufacturability of carbon nanotubes.

The candidate applying for this PhD project should have interest in plasma-based systems used as well as in aspect related to nanomaterials (e.g. properties, characterization, synthesis etc.).

Applications are particularly encouraged from graduates with an Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical or Materials Science Engineering background.

Further details: Dr D Mariotti (d.mariotti@ulster.ac.uk)

All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering, Physics or a cognate area. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate’s qualifications, skills experience and interests. Successful candidates will enrol as of 1 October 2015, on a full-time programme of research studies leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £14,057 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 19 July 2015
Interviews will be held soon after.

For further information on the project please contact Dr D Mariotti (d.mariotti@ulster.ac.uk)

For further information on the application process please visit our website: 

Apply online www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline