Fully-Funded (or Fees-Only) EPSRC Studentship

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

EPSRC Studentship in the fields of Structural Materials, and Materials Chemistry

Full or fees-only awards available to students who pay 'home rate' fees starting date: October 2017 closing date for initial applications: Wednesday 4 January 2017

Applications are invited for a fully-funded (or fees-only) EPSRC studentships, to be supervised by a newly-appointed member of staff in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

Hierarchically Structured Membranes for Environmental Remediation and Catalysis Supervisor: Dr Rachel Evans http://sites.google.com/site/drrachelcevans/

Porous membranes perform essential functions in a variety of environmental and energy related applications, including mass and gas separation, particulate filtration, water purification, and catalysis. However, the development of membrane technologies requires that the complex relationship between the chemical activity of the membrane material and physical parameters, such as surface area, pore size, connectivity, and morphology, can be both controlled and understood. 

The aim of this PhD project is to develop novel organic-inorganic polymer membranes that exhibit hierarchical porosity across multiple length scales, which leads to their superior performance in the destruction or capture of pollutants. To achieve this, a bottom-up synthetic approach utilising light-responsive templates will be used to adjust size, surface area and connectivity of the membrane pores. This will enable the relationship between the membrane structure and the flow and entrapment of pollutant species within the porous network to be studied directly. The long-term vision is to integrate these materials with fluidic device technology to realise advanced purification systems with in-built capability for remote and automated control. This project will involve synthetic materials chemistry, characterisation (X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, adsorption isotherms, small-angle X-ray/neutron scattering) and membrane fabrication and testing. Applicants with a strong background or Chemistry or Materials Science are strongly encouraged to apply.

The minimum academic requirement for admission is an upper second class UK honours degree at the level of MSci, MEng, MPhys, MChem etc, or a lower second with a good Master's, (or overseas equivalents) in a relevant subject.

The studentship provides a maintenance grant at the minimum Research Council UK rate and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for students who fully satisfy the residence requirements of the UK Research Councils. A fees-only award will be available to EU nationals who are not ordinarily resident in the UK.  Students who are liable for fees at the 'overseas' rate are not eligible for these studentships

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years in the first instance.

Prospective candidates should send a CV, with transcripts (if available) and a covering letter, to Dr Rosie Ward (remw2@cam.ac.uk).

Shortlisted candidates will subsequently be required to submit a formal application to the Graduate Admissions Office (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply). A £50 application fee will apply at this stage.

Please quote reference LJ10659 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University and the Department are committed to equality and diversity, the University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the department is a bronze award holder.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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