PhD in Physical Chemistry with Focus on Photocathodes for Solar Energy Conversion and Storage
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.
The Department of Chemistry - Ångström conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 200 employees and has a turnover of 200 million SEK. At the department's six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering and civil engineering programs and master's programs.
Subject description/research project: The research project will focus on development and study of photocathodes for solar energy conversion and storage, including both solar cells and solar fuel devices. The goal of this project is to develope efficient and stable solar cells and solar fuel devices through molecular and material development on hybrid photocathodes. Various spectroscopic techniques such as spectroelectrochemistry, transient absorption spectroscope and operando IR will be employed to investigate the photocathodes. Outcomes from the project are expected to contribute new knowledge and methods to the research community of solar energy conversion and storage.
Relevant publications: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 36-40; Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 3739-3742; Nano Energy 2019, 55, 59-64; ChemSusChem, 2017, 10 (11), 2480-2495; Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2019, 3, 888-898; ChemSusChem, 2019, 10.1002/cssc.201901102
Work duties: The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).
Admission requirements: A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:
- has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
- has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
- has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
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