Reference code: CASE01

Closing date: 26 July 2019

Supervisors: Dr Thomas Penfold and Dr Daniel Cole

Sponsor:Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Idemitsu

Start date and duration of the award: September 2019 for 4 years


Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs)are a rapidly expanding technology, increasingly used for displays in televisions and smart phones.  However, if this technology is to continue to expand it requires the continued improvement of the molecular components that form the building blocks of the device. This is especially true for OLEDs that emit in the blue region of the spectrum, where device lifetimes remain well short of industry standards.

A critical aspect in OLEDS, for which understanding is distinctly lacking, is on the mechanism of charge recombination on the emitter and the nature of the excited state it forms. These excited states are ultimately responsible for light emission and therefore understanding the processes involved in charge recombination is critical. This is especially important in the blue region of the spectrum, as the excitation energies are close to bond dissociations energies. In this project, you will receive training in a vary of theoretical and computational methods. This will subsequently be applied to provide new fundamental understanding of the mechanisms involved in charge recombination in OLEDs.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Please contact Dr Thomas Penfold 

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please select ‘How to Apply’ and choose the ‘Apply now’ button.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • click on programme of study
  • insert 8100F in the programme code section and click search
  • select Programme name ‘PhD in Chemistry (full time) – Chemistry’
  • insert CASE01 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code CASE01 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Entry Requirements

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009 plus an industrial top up.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

26 July 2019

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