Closing date: 10 May 2021

This scholarship is funded by the EPSRC and Johnson Matthey Technology Centre.

Start date: October 2021

Subject areas: Nanotechnology, physics, chemistry, engineering, materials, catalysis, electron microscopy

Project supervisorsProfessor Richard E Palmer (Swansea), Dr Manfred Schuster (Johnson Matthey)

Project description:

This project is a collaboration between the Nanomaterials Lab at Swansea University, which covers physics, chemistry and engineering on the nanometre-scale, and the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre through their aberration-corrected electron microscopy facility located at the DIAMOND Light Source at Harwell near Oxford. The new transmission electron microscope (TEM) enables atomic-resolution imaging of individual nanoparticle catalysts during the process of a chemical reaction inside a cell located in the heart of the microscope. The correlation between atomic structure and the chemical selectivity of the catalyst is central to the discovery of new, environmentally-friendly nanostructured catalysts for the green economy. The world-leading expertise of the Swansea group in the generation of size-selected and composition-controlled nanoparticles by cluster beam methods will be exploited to produce the new model catalysts, and coupled to JM’s experience in catalytic chemistry, advanced imaging and industrial exploitation. This is an exciting and demanding project for a top student, with great prospects for research impact and career development.

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Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

To apply, please complete and submit the following documents to [email protected], and address the email for your application as ‘Atomic Imaging of Nanoparticle Catalysts during Operation – Professor Richard Palmer‘:

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Professor Richard E Palmer ([email protected]).

Entry Requirements

Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree and/or a master’s degree (or its equivalent) in physics, chemistry or engineering.

Good computational/numerical capabilities for image processing and modelling are required.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility.

If you have any questions regarding your academic eligibility based on the above comparison, please email [email protected] with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in.

Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,609 for 4 years.

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

Application Deadline:

10 May 2021

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