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

Two PhD positions in Liquid Phase Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

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 In collaboration with EPSRC, JEOL and DENSsolutions, We are setting up the Centre for Liquid Phase Electron Microscopy Imaging. This will be equipped with state-of-the-art electron microscopy facilities to image liquid samples with sub-nanometer spatial resolution and with temporal resolution of milliseconds.
We are looking for two enthusiastic students for the following projects:

Solar hydrogen generation over rutile/anatase TiO2

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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 2016. 

Magnetism and spin-orbit coupling in thin-film topological materials

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In this four years EngD studentship project, which will be based in Centre for Doctoral Training Molecular Modelling and Materials Science, UCL, we will combine the thin film growth and structural characterisation expertise of the group of Chris Nicklin (CN) at the Diamond Light Source with the atomic-scale electronic and magnetic characterisation capabilities of the group of Cyrus F. Hirjibehedin (CFH) at UCL to study the properties of bare topological insulators as well as those doped with atomic and molecular magnetic adsorbates.

Adsorption, Self-Assembly, and Magnetism of Molecules at Surfaces

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A 4 year EngD studentship is available in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science, UCL (www.m3s.ucl.ac.uk) under supervision of Professor Alex Shluger. The studentship will commence in September 2016.

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Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Studentships

Solar hydrogen generation over rutile/anatase TiO2

Publication date:

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 2016. 

Magnetism and spin-orbit coupling in thin-film topological materials

Publication date:

In this four years EngD studentship project, which will be based in Centre for Doctoral Training Molecular Modelling and Materials Science, UCL, we will combine the thin film growth and structural characterisation expertise of the group of Chris Nicklin (CN) at the Diamond Light Source with the atomic-scale electronic and magnetic characterisation capabilities of the group of Cyrus F. Hirjibehedin (CFH) at UCL to study the properties of bare topological insulators as well as those doped with atomic and molecular magnetic adsorbates.

Adsorption, Self-Assembly, and Magnetism of Molecules at Surfaces

Publication date:

A 4 year EngD studentship is available in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science, UCL (www.m3s.ucl.ac.uk) under supervision of Professor Alex Shluger. The studentship will commence in September 2016.

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A 3-year PhD studentship on the competition between static order and excitations in new quantum states

Understanding the Mechanochemical Synthesis of Mixed Oxides using Synchrotron and Neutron Techniques

Publication date:

We are looking to recruit a PhD student for a high-profile EPSRC funded CASE award in partnership with Johnson Matthey Technology Centre. The position will be based at the UK Catalysis Hub, Harwell, Oxfordshire. The UK Catalysis Hub is a new EPSRC initiative aimed at coordinating UK efforts in catalytic science, with the laboratories at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) providing the physical base for this network. This is a unique opportunity to engage with leading UK academics in catalytic science, alongside exposure to the advanced characterisation techniques made possible by the synchrotron and neutron source on the Harwell Campus.

The mechanochemical synthesis of mixed oxides is of interest within Johnson Matthey as a potential new route to the manufacture of materials. The mechanism of the transformation of reagents to active phases under mechanical action will be explored using model and real materials and reference synthesis routes giving an understanding of how key phases are formed and what the key parameters are for synthesis.  

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least 2.1) or equivalent in Chemistry, or a related discipline. Due to funding restrictions only UK/EU students are eligible to apply. The project will be under the supervision of Dr Peter Wells (http://www.rc-harwell.ac.uk/team-members1), who is the Associate Director of the Harwell component of the UK Catalysis Hub. Although based at Harwell full-time, the student will be registered at University College London and will have access to the excellent postgraduate courses available within the University. 

Synthesis of biocompatible catalytic nanomotors

Publication date:

PhD supervisor: Dr. Tung Chun Lee

Application deadline: 31 July 2016

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Biological and Organic Chemistry Studentships

Antibacterial Compounds

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There is a strong demand to develop new powerful bacteria-killing agents because antibiotic resistance is rising and the existing repertoire of active compounds is dwindling. This PhD project will take advantage of recent research in chemical biology to produce new antibacterial compounds that target and lyse bacterial membrane.

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Physical Chemistry Studentships

Two PhD positions in Liquid Phase Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

Publication date:

 In collaboration with EPSRC, JEOL and DENSsolutions, We are setting up the Centre for Liquid Phase Electron Microscopy Imaging. This will be equipped with state-of-the-art electron microscopy facilities to image liquid samples with sub-nanometer spatial resolution and with temporal resolution of milliseconds.
We are looking for two enthusiastic students for the following projects:

Solar hydrogen generation over rutile/anatase TiO2

Publication date:

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 2016. 

Publication date:

A 3-year PhD studentship on the competition between static order and excitations in new quantum states

Understanding the Mechanochemical Synthesis of Mixed Oxides using Synchrotron and Neutron Techniques

Publication date:

We are looking to recruit a PhD student for a high-profile EPSRC funded CASE award in partnership with Johnson Matthey Technology Centre. The position will be based at the UK Catalysis Hub, Harwell, Oxfordshire. The UK Catalysis Hub is a new EPSRC initiative aimed at coordinating UK efforts in catalytic science, with the laboratories at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) providing the physical base for this network. This is a unique opportunity to engage with leading UK academics in catalytic science, alongside exposure to the advanced characterisation techniques made possible by the synchrotron and neutron source on the Harwell Campus.

The mechanochemical synthesis of mixed oxides is of interest within Johnson Matthey as a potential new route to the manufacture of materials. The mechanism of the transformation of reagents to active phases under mechanical action will be explored using model and real materials and reference synthesis routes giving an understanding of how key phases are formed and what the key parameters are for synthesis.  

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least 2.1) or equivalent in Chemistry, or a related discipline. Due to funding restrictions only UK/EU students are eligible to apply. The project will be under the supervision of Dr Peter Wells (http://www.rc-harwell.ac.uk/team-members1), who is the Associate Director of the Harwell component of the UK Catalysis Hub. Although based at Harwell full-time, the student will be registered at University College London and will have access to the excellent postgraduate courses available within the University. 

Synthesis of biocompatible catalytic nanomotors

Publication date:

PhD supervisor: Dr. Tung Chun Lee

Application deadline: 31 July 2016

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