PhD Studentships

Current PhD vacancies are listed below. See the postgraduate pages for more information on our PhD programmes.

Current Available Studentships

Computational Chemistry Studentships

A 4-year EngD studentship on modelling defects in SiC

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A 4-year EngD studentship on modelling defects in SiC



Semiconductor comprised of silicon (Si) and carbon (C). It is widely used for producing microelectronic devices and growing graphene layers. Other applications include car brakes, car clutches and ceramic plates in bulletproof vests. Defects in SiC and its interfaces with SiO2 determine the performance and reliability of microelectronic devices and can be used for quantum computation.

2 x PhD projects in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Chemistry Department of University College London

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Two PhD positions are available in Prof. Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry. The theoretical/simulation projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice.

Applications for Research Engineers for the Engineering Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation - Prof Nora de Leeuw

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Summary: Applications are invited for Research Engineers for the Engineering Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation. The Engineering Doctorate Centre is jointly run by the Departments of Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics and the Birkbeck Industrial Materials Group. All the Departments have significant (internationally-leading) research programmes in the area of materials computer modelling over a range of length- and time-scales.

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Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Studentships

Synthesis of biocompatible catalytic nanomotors

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PhD supervisor: Dr. Tung Chun Lee

Application deadline: 31 July 2016

A 4-year EngD studentship on modelling defects in SiC

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A 4-year EngD studentship on modelling defects in SiC



Semiconductor comprised of silicon (Si) and carbon (C). It is widely used for producing microelectronic devices and growing graphene layers. Other applications include car brakes, car clutches and ceramic plates in bulletproof vests. Defects in SiC and its interfaces with SiO2 determine the performance and reliability of microelectronic devices and can be used for quantum computation.

2 x PhD projects in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Chemistry Department of University College London

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Two PhD positions are available in Prof. Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry. The theoretical/simulation projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice.

Regeneration of Hydrogen Storage Materials

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Title: EPSRC CASE PhD Studentship

Reference: 1373649

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Biological and Organic Chemistry Studentships

‘Potassium Alkoxides in Transition Metal Free Synthesis and Catalysis’

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PhD Project

A PhD position is available working with Dr. J. D. Wilden on the development of organic reactions promoted by group 1 alkoxides.

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Physical Chemistry Studentships

Synthesis of biocompatible catalytic nanomotors

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PhD supervisor: Dr. Tung Chun Lee

Application deadline: 31 July 2016

Transient absorption spectroscopy of novel conjugated polymers for use in organic photovoltaics

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Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship based in the Department of Chemistry, University College London. This project is based on the spectroscopy and photophysics of novel conjugated organic polymers for use in organic electronics, particularly organic solar cells, potentially creating an alternative to fossil fuels.

Real-time chemical imaging of promoted Fischer-Tropsch catalysts

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Fischer Tropsch (FT) is an important ‘synthetic’ chemical process that uses heterogeneous catalysts based on metallic cobalt or iron active sites to convert syngas to hydrocarbons for the purpose of producing fuel. Whilst it is well known that factors such as the synthesis methodology, the presence of additives or else the pre-treatment process can have a major impact on their performance, the way in which these factors influence this performance is only partially understood. This is primarily due to incomplete characterisation of the samples since the full structure of the catalyst as employed in real conditions is rarely considered when trying to extract meaningful structure activity relationships. This project will therefore investigate, using real-time imaging methods, a variety of structured catalyst samples containing a range of promoters to understand their effect on FT selectivity. For this purpose we will primarily use the recently developed technique of time-resolved X-ray Diffraction Computed Tomography (and variations thereof) so as to study these catalysts under realistic conditions (T, P, space velocity) to yield 2/3-D images with micro-nano spatial resolution allowing for a more thorough understanding of the salient components that lead to an active catalyst. This exciting venture takes advantage of the expertise of the respective groups at UCL (catalyst characterisation) and BP Plc (catalysts development) so as to result in a project in which new, fundamental knowledge can actually be used to improve on a short time-scale, the development of new catalytic materials with enhanced performance.

2 x PhD projects in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Chemistry Department of University College London

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Two PhD positions are available in Prof. Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry. The theoretical/simulation projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice.

Atomic scale imaging and local spectroscopy of CeO2 - Prof Geoff Thornton

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PhD Studentship
London Centre for Nanotechnology
University College London
Summary: Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship. The aim of this project is to provide an understanding of the chemical physics of single-crystalline CeO2 in relation to hydrogen production.

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