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 in Synchrotron radiation studies of inorganic functional materials

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A 4 year Eng Doc studentship is available in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science, UCL (www.m3s.ucl.ac.uk). The studentship will commence in September 2015.

A range of nano particulate materials are widely explored in industry for a range of applications. Whilst a considerable care is taken during the preparation the systems, they may contain a range of particle sizes.  Although characterisation of these materials have been successfully carried out, they provide averaged structural information.  In this project we aim to develop an alternative method by predicting spectroscopic and structural signatures that correspond to a range of nano particulate systems and use these predicted structures as the starting point for analysing real materials using data from Synchrotron based X-ray absorption spectroscopy and diffraction techniques. 

A 4-year EngD studentship in Modelling Organic Energetic Materials

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Supervisors: Prof Sarah (Sally) Price, UCL, Dr Matthew Habgood AWEA 4 year Eng

Doc studentship is available in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science, UCL (www.m3s.ucl.ac.uk). The studentship will commence in September 2015.

Tuning the properties and production of structurally novel inorganic nanoparticles

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Tuning the properties and production of structurally novel inorganic nanoparticles

DTA funding for a three year PhD project, starting this September, is available for a talented student (expected to obtain a first in either chemistry or physics). The DTA student’s principle supervisors will be Drs. S.M. Woodley (SMW) and M.A. Zwijnenburg (MAZ), both of whom are based within UCL Chemistry, and together have over a hundred research papers (work based on both development and application of theory in computational chemistry and physics of materials). Although this is a computational project, it is part of a new collaboration with Prof. Richard Palmer, an experimental physicist at the University of Birmingham (UoB). The aim of the collaboration is to develop methods of preparing small (0.5-2 nm) size-selected inorganic nanoparticles, deposit them on a support and characterise their properties. The DTA student would initially learn to employ both in-house and other internationally leading software to predict the structure and properties of nanoparticles. This is an excellent opportunity to join a successful group and to contribute to the internationally leading research at UCL. More details on the collaboration are provided below.

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.

A 3.5-year PhD Studentship in modelling the effect of pathogenic mutations on the behaviour of regulatory domains

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Supervisors: Professor Francesco Gervasio (UCL), Prof. Marius Sudol (NUS and ASTAR, Singapore)

A 3.5-year PhD studentship in Low-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy Storage

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Supervisors: Professor Z. Xiao Guo (UCL, UK) and Dr. Yun Zong (ASTAR IMRE, Singapore)

Applications are invited for a 3.5-year PhD studentship offered jointly by the M3S CDT in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UCL and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. The studentship will commence in September 2015.

A 4-year EngD studentship in Synthesis and Surface Characterisations of Novel 2D Layered Materials

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Supervisor: Professor Z. Xiao Guo Department of Chemistry, UCL

A 4-year EngD studentship is available within the Centre for Doctoral training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation, UCL to work with Professor Z. Xiao Guo on synthesis and surface characterisations of novel 2D layered materials. The studentship is co-sponsored by Keysight Technologies UK Ltd. The start date is September 2015.

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 in Synchrotron radiation studies of inorganic functional materials

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A 4 year Eng Doc studentship is available in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science, UCL (www.m3s.ucl.ac.uk). The studentship will commence in September 2015.

A range of nano particulate materials are widely explored in industry for a range of applications. Whilst a considerable care is taken during the preparation the systems, they may contain a range of particle sizes.  Although characterisation of these materials have been successfully carried out, they provide averaged structural information.  In this project we aim to develop an alternative method by predicting spectroscopic and structural signatures that correspond to a range of nano particulate systems and use these predicted structures as the starting point for analysing real materials using data from Synchrotron based X-ray absorption spectroscopy and diffraction techniques. 

Tuning the properties and production of structurally novel inorganic nanoparticles

Publication date:

Tuning the properties and production of structurally novel inorganic nanoparticles

DTA funding for a three year PhD project, starting this September, is available for a talented student (expected to obtain a first in either chemistry or physics). The DTA student’s principle supervisors will be Drs. S.M. Woodley (SMW) and M.A. Zwijnenburg (MAZ), both of whom are based within UCL Chemistry, and together have over a hundred research papers (work based on both development and application of theory in computational chemistry and physics of materials). Although this is a computational project, it is part of a new collaboration with Prof. Richard Palmer, an experimental physicist at the University of Birmingham (UoB). The aim of the collaboration is to develop methods of preparing small (0.5-2 nm) size-selected inorganic nanoparticles, deposit them on a support and characterise their properties. The DTA student would initially learn to employ both in-house and other internationally leading software to predict the structure and properties of nanoparticles. This is an excellent opportunity to join a successful group and to contribute to the internationally leading research at UCL. More details on the collaboration are provided below.

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.

A 4-year EngD studentship in Synthesis and Surface Characterisations of Novel 2D Layered Materials

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Supervisor: Professor Z. Xiao Guo Department of Chemistry, UCL

A 4-year EngD studentship is available within the Centre for Doctoral training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation, UCL to work with Professor Z. Xiao Guo on synthesis and surface characterisations of novel 2D layered materials. The studentship is co-sponsored by Keysight Technologies UK Ltd. The start date is September 2015.

A 3.5-year PhD studentship in Low-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy Storage

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Supervisors: Professor Z. Xiao Guo (UCL, UK) and Dr. Yun Zong (ASTAR IMRE, Singapore)

Applications are invited for a 3.5-year PhD studentship offered jointly by the M3S CDT in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UCL and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. The studentship will commence in September 2015.

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

Selective side-chain activation in native peptides and proteins

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23 January 2015

PhD Project

A PhD position is available working with Dr. D. Macmillan in the area of site-selective peptide side-chain activation.

‘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.

Probing the origins of life using anion photoelectron spectroscopy

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A fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship is available to work with Professors Helen Fielding and Stephen Price (UCL Department of Chemistry).

Reactions of H, O, N atoms with molecules on astrochemically relevant surfaces

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PhD Studentship in Laboratory Astrochemistry at UCL

A fully-funded STFC PhD studentship in Laboratory Astrochemistry is available at UCL in the group of Professor Stephen Price. The proposal was funded as part of a successful consortium proposal in Laboratory Astrochemistry with the University of Sussex (Professor Wendy Brown) and Heriot-Watt University (Professor Martin McCoustra).

A 3.5-year PhD Studentship in modelling the effect of pathogenic mutations on the behaviour of regulatory domains

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Supervisors: Professor Francesco Gervasio (UCL), Prof. Marius Sudol (NUS and ASTAR, Singapore)

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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