PhD in Chemistry: Computational Nano-Materials and Catalysis
Cobalt is a material with interesting magnetic properties and potential catalytic applications. This research proposal aims to develop robust computational models to provide quantitative insight at the atomic level into the structures, physico-chemical and magnetic properties of cobalt and cobalt oxide nano-particles and their catalytic potential. The research will focus on a number of areas: (i) The effect of surfactants on nano-particle growth and self-assembly; (ii) Surface oxidation and oxygen diffusion; (iii) The formation of core-shell nano-particles; (iv) Surface reactivity and the effect of the magnetic properties on catalytic pathways and mechanisms.
The computational research carried out in Cardiff University will be closely linked to the work by our experimental collaborators in Paris and Cape Town and the students will have the opportunity to spend time working with colleagues in South Africa as part of a prestigious UK/South Africa PhD exchange programme under the Newton initiative.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a brief covering letter outlining their motivation and experience for the position, as well as their curriculum vitae and the contact details of at least 2 academic referees to Prof Nora de Leeuw DeLeeuwN@cardiff.ac.uk, who may also be contacted for informal enquiries and further information.
Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled and applicants should therefore apply as soon as possible
The deadline for applications is 18 November 2016.
Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.