PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in Materials Chemistry: Structural studies of microporous zirconium silicates subjected to high pressures and temperatures for the treatment of nuclear waste
University of Central Lancashire
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||Not specified|
|Placed on:||12th October 2016|
|Closes:||31st October 2016|
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Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in materials chemistry in the School of Physical Sciences & Computing. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and a partial maintenance grant of £3000 per annum. International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees. It is expected the successful applicant will start on 1st January 2017.
Project Title Structural studies of microporous zirconium silicates subjected to high pressures and temperatures for the treatment of nuclear waste. (Dr Jennifer Readman)
The aim of this project is to study the structural chemistry of the microporous zirconium silicate umbite and its ion-exchanged analgoues when subjected to high temperatures and high pressures. Understanding the behaviour of the mobile exchangeable cations during the densification process and radionucleotides must remain tightly bound throughout the process. Studying the nature of these phase transitions and the structure of the phases produced will be vital in determining if these materials are suitable for long term storage of nuclear waste. Crystallographic methods (structural solution and Rietveld methods together with Pair Distribution Function analysis) will be used extensively.
Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK BSc or MChem degree at 2:1 or above in Chemistry (or equivalent) and have experience of crystallographic techniques.
International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.
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Proposed Interview Date: 24 November 2016
CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP
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