Solar Energy & Advanced Materials Research Group






PhD Applications

There are PHD vacancies in all research areas in the group, sponsored by EPSRC, CSC and other funding bodies from time to time. 

If you are interested in any projects, please send your CV and list of publications to junwang.tang@ucl.ac.uk.


Research Fellow in Graphene Based Composite Materials

Location:    London
Salary:    £36,028 to £37,008 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 7)
Hours:    Full Time
Contract Type:    Fixed-Term/Contract
Closes:    6th November 2020

The Research fellow will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary research team working on engineering graphene based composite materials and their application in heat transfer and electrics. 

This position is within the research group of Solar Energy and Advanced Materials led by Prof Junwang Tang, Fellow of European Academy of Sciences and FRSC. The project involves investigation of  graphene based highly thermal and electrical conductive composites. 

The EPSRC Discovery-to-Use project targets to develop low cost, lightweight and highly conductive composites and their multi-function based on our IP which was presented by the only IChemE Business Award in 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19kK2b0xd4g&t=128s. 

The major task of this new position is to engineer the highly thermally and electrically conductive composites. 

  • Fabricate graphene and graphene composites independently. 
  • Characterise the prepared materials, analyse the experimental data and provide written and/or oral reports of the results 
  • Optimisation of the material synthesis condition to achieve highly thermal and electrical conductivity. 
  • Contribute to the induction, direction and management of other research staff and students (undergraduate and postgraduate) as requested. 
  • Collaborate with academic colleagues and industrial partners in the project. 
  • Prepare papers for publication and present them to our industrial partners. 

The post is funded for 1 years in the first instance. 

The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary project, involving researchers from UCL Chemical Engineering and in particular a few industrial partners with expertise in nanomaterials, 2-D materials, and composites, which have a strong interest to commercialise these newly developed composites. Therefore the candidate should have, or should be close to completing, a PhD or equivalent in Materials or Chemistry. Expertise in carbon-based composite or nanosized metal materials is essential. Experience in graphene-based composites is advantageous. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required. 

The group uses a wide range of wet chemical and physical approaches for inorganic material synthesis, and apply the state of the art spectroscopies to explore the correlation between the structure and properties of inorganic materials. Our long term aim is to generate a group of highly thermally and electrically conductive graphene-based materials and their commercialisation. 

Applicants should apply online. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof. Tang by junwang.tang@ucl.ac.uk.