PhD studentship in Physics - Optimising the Mobility of Nanoporous Oxides

University of York

Closes:  Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is found. 

Value of award
Funding is available to UK and EU applicants and will cover tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the standard EPSRC rate (currently, £14,296 per year) for 3 years. The studentship is available to start any time between January and October 2017. 

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Start date and duration
The studentship is available to start any time between January and October 2017 for 3 years. 

A fully funded PhD studentship is available in the Department of Physics at the University of York as part of a major research project recently funded by EPSRC (EP/P006051). The project aims to develop practical strategies to improve the mobility of nanoporous metal oxide films by reducing charge trapping at surface and interfaces. It will combine first principles theoretical modelling with structural, spectroscopic and photophysical materials characterisation, in order to understand charge trapping at an atomistic level and guide material modification strategies to improve mobility. 

Working closely with our industrial partners (Cristal and DyeSol) we will incorporate optimised nanoporous films in perovskite solar cell devices to demonstrate an improvement in efficiency. The successful candidate will work closely with other members the project team, external academic collaborators and industry. We will have access to state-of-the-art equipment computational work (both at York and national facilities). There will also be opportunities for involvement in outreach activities associated with this project. 

This student will be supervised by Drs. Keith McKenna and Vlado Lazarov and will focus on modeling the structure of interfaces in metal oxide materials as well as simulation of transmission electron microscopy image contrast to facilitate comparison with experiment. 

Name of supervisors
Dr Keith McKenna
Dr Vlado Lazarov

Eligibility criteria
You should have (or be expecting to obtain) a first class of upper-second class degree in Physics, Chemistry or related Physical Science. A strong interest in computer simulations and experience with Linux, programming, and computational physics and chemistry software are also highly desirable. 

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. Please state in your application form under ‘how will your studies be funded’ that you wish to be considered for this studentship. 

For further details please contact Dr Keith Mckenna:

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