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EPSRC Industrial Case Award with Idemitsu: PhD Studentship in Exciton Generation and Transfer for Organic Electronics

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th April 2019
Closes: 7th June 2019
Reference: CASE01

Value of award

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009 plus an industrial top up.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2019 for 4 years.

Application closing date

7 June 2019.


Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) are a rapidly expanding technology, increasingly used for displays in televisions and smart phones, even the iPhone. However, if this technology is to continue to expand it requires the continued improvement of the molecular components that form the building blocks of the device. This is especially true for OLEDs that emit in the blue region of the spectrum, where device lifetimes remain very short.

In OLEDs the excited states that emit the light are formed by the recombination of charge carriers, electrons and holes. This electrical excitation leads, through the spin statistics of charge recombination, to 25% generation of emissive singlet states and 75% generation of non-emissive triplet. However, a more detailed understanding of exciton formation and the mechanisms involved are completely lacking. In this PhD position, we will combine a number of theoretical methods to describe exciton formation relevant in the context of OLEDs. The understanding obtained will lead to new perspectives for the design of molecules in OLEDs.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Idemitsu

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Thomas Penfold and Dr Daniel Cole

Eligibility Criteria

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please select ‘How to Apply’ and choose the ‘Apply now’ button.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • click on programme of study
  • insert 8100F in the programme code section and click search
  • select Programme name ‘PhD in Chemistry (full time) – Chemistry’
  • insert CASE01 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code CASE01 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


Dr Thomas Penfold

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