Cardiff University PhD Studentship in Chemistry, UK

Cardiff University


November 18, 2016


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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.


This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

One studentship is available.

All the cost for conference and study related travel will be covered.


Academic criteria: Eligible candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, or a closely related discipline. Highly motivated and dedicated students will gain a thorough training in computational chemistry and materials science and be rewarded with a highly stimulating project that will help shape the future of this exciting research field.

Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students without further restrictions.

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, 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.

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