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PhD Studentship - Rapid materials discovery: parallel synthesis of mixed anion layered compounds

Functional, Inorganic, Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Reference:  1202619EB

Supervisor:                 Dr Geoffrey Hyett

Project description

A fully-funded 4 year PhD studentship in materials chemistry at the University of Southampton is available. The project will pioneer a novel parallel synthesis approach to discovery of functional materials. In addition to carrying out PhD research you will be closely involved in undergraduate teaching (20% time commitment in years 1-3), and will be supported by mentoring to achieve Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

The available project concerns the synthesis of mixed anion materials – those that contain both oxygen and a second, heavier non-metal such as sulphur or phosphorus – which have shown significant functionality, such as superconductivity and transparent conductivity but remain an underexplored area of chemistry. These materials often have challenging synthetic routes, which limits new materials development. We propose to breakthrough this barrier with an innovative parallel synthesis approach which will allow us to greatly diversify the known classes of mixed anion material, and identify new functional types. You will help to develop this new methodology and will also have opportunities to develop expertise in a range of materials characterisation techniques including use of our excellent in-house diffraction, microscopy and spectroscopy facilities and experiments at central facilities such as the Diamond synchrotron.

As part of the funding associated with this PhD you will participate in undergraduate teaching in inorganic chemistry. In year 1 this will involve teaching lab activities and support teaching with a member of staff (e.g. workshops), but in years 2 and 3 after some experience there will be 

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Geoffrey Hyett, Email: g.hyett@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 3592.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 4 years. 

Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK applicants.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Chemistry (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Geoff Hyett under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 

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