|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||4 year award will include the Tuition fees plus stipend|
|Placed On:||6th November 2018|
|Closes:||15th December 2018|
Supervisors: Dr Kevin Lovelock
Project Overview: Achieving a sustainable energy supply is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world. Fossil fuels contribute to climate change and their supply is finite. Alternative energy sources, e.g. solar and wind, offer fantastic possibilities for replacing fossil fuels. However, intermittent production means that dramatic improvements in energy storage are required. The incredible properties of ionic liquids (ILs) mean that there is huge potential for the use of ILs in electrochemical energy storage devices, e.g. batteries for phones and supercapacitors for cars. For electrochemical energy storage devices determining what happens when ILs are subjected to voltage (i.e. electrical energy) is paramount. When the voltage is outside the safe operating range, the IL will decompose and the device will malfunction. The student will use cutting-edge spectroscopy and spectrometry experiments to understand how to extend the operating range of ILs used in applications, including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, at the University of Reading and at the National XPS facility, Harwell) and synchrotron techniques (resonant Auger electron spectroscopy (RAES), X-ray emission spectroscopy, (XES), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), e.g. I09 at Diamond Light Source, Harwell). The PhD student will also have opportunity to work closely with the group of Dr. Tricia Hunt (Imperial College London), including the potential for carrying out calculations themselves. An interest in both physical chemistry and spectroscopy are required. Training in all aspects of the Ph.D. will be provided.
How to apply:
To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Chemistry at http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/gs-how-to-apply.aspx.
Application Deadline: 15th December 2018
Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.
For further details please contact Dr Kevin Lovelock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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