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Funded PhD studentship in Experimental Investigation of Nanoparticle Synthesis

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cambridge
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Funding is only able to cover fees at the Home/EU rate
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th October 2018
Closes: 18th November 2018
Reference: NQ17030

Applications are invited for a funded 3.5 year PhD studentship under the supervision of Prof. Markus Kraft. The successful applicant will be based in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in Cambridge, UK for the first year of the project. The next two years will be spent at Cambridge CARES in Singapore ( The remainder of the project will be spent in Cambridge, UK.

We are looking for an outstanding student who is interested in working on an experimental project to investigate the laminar flame synthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The project will investigate the factors controlling the particle size distribution, particle morphology, and crystal phase composition. The project will require the student to apply various experimental techniques to provide real-time spatially resolved measurements of temperature and particle size and number distribution in the flame. The particles will be collected and characterised to measure physicochemical properties such as the crystal structure, primary and aggregate particle size and optical bandgap. Experiments in the recently-commissioned laser laboratory at Cambridge CARES are envisaged during years 2¿3 of the studentship. The project will run alongside a computational studentship that will use insights from the experimental investigation to inform a detailed model of the particle formation process.

The Computational Modelling Group has considerable expertise and a proven track record of success in these areas, and the successful applicant will benefit from the support of an experienced supervisor and research team.

Applicants must have:

1)            Substantial experience in laboratory work with strong analytical and problem solving skills.

2)            At least 4 years of study at University level and a high 2.1 or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline such as mechanical or chemical engineering, physics, chemistry or materials science.  (Before applying, please ensure you can meet the 2.1 or higher equivalence by visiting:

3)            Be able to meet the graduate admissions entrance requirements of the University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will be expected to formally apply for admission:

In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

1)            Particle or aerosol science, including particle size distribution and number density measurements.

2)            Particle formation and growth processes, such as nucleation, coalescence/coagulation, surface growth, and aggregation.

3)            Crystal structures, specifically of metal oxides and TiO2.

4)            Hands-on experience with gas and liquid handling systems, including mass flow controllers and syringe pumps.

5)            Light-matter interaction and spectroscopy, for example UV and visible light absorption, incandescence and pyrometry, laser-induced fluorescence or Fourier Transform infrared analysis.

6)            Experimental investigation of laminar flames.

Please note that the funding is only able to cover fees at the Home/EU rate. 

Applications must be made online via the University Applicant Portal (see by 18 November 2018. Please note that there is an application fee. As part of your 'Statement of Research Interest' you must state that you are applying for studentship NQ17030 with Prof Kraft.

Please note that this studentship was advertised previously. Unsuccessful applicants are respectfully asked not to reapply unless there has been a material change in their application.

Further information about the Computational Modelling Group can be found at

Please quote reference NQ17030 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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