Closing date: 31 January 2020

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Nanotechnology: Fully Funded Diamond Light Source/EPSRC PhD or EngD Scholarship: A new generation of functional nanomaterials: solvent–free synthesis of size-selected nanoparticles, atomic imaging and applications in catalysis, medical sensing and energy

This scholarship is funded by Diamond Light Source, EPSRC and others.

Start date: October 2020

Subject areas: Nanotechnology, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science

Project description:

Nanoparticle beam deposition represents a radical new approach to the environmentally-friendly synthesis of nanoparticles for catalysis, biomedicine and clean energy generation, storage and distribution. The method is solvent- and thus effluent-free, and satisfies the growing demand for green, sustainable manufacturing of advanced materials. The Nanomaterials Lab at Swansea is world leader in the scale up this approach from the previous microgram level to the gram+ level, enabling frontier R&D of great interest to high tech companies. The projects will focus on the discovery of next generation materials for selective catalysis, biosensing (theranostics) and energy applications (both batteries and molecular electro-fuels).

Sponsorship is confirmed from the Diamond Light Source at Harwell near Oxford, with focus on catalysis. We also anticipate up to 2 further studentships, based on advanced discussions in the sensors and energy areas. The project will require a student with both intellectual strength and enthusiasm and strong experimental skills, and will also interface to collaborating theory groups.

Project supervisorsProfessor R E Palmer (Swansea) plus industry co-supervisors

Available resources/facilities: Swansea: 4 nanocluster beam sources, high resolution TEM, XPS and SPM: Diamond and additional companies: advanced facilities for imaging, spectroscopy and analysis and functional testing of novel materials for catalysis, biosensing (theranostics) and energy applications.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree (or its equivalent) in physical sciences or engineering including Nanotechnology, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –


Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU/international tuition fees and a minimum annual stipend of £15,000.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

Application Deadline:

31 January 2020

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