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PhD Studentship in Solid-State Chemistry: In-situ Characterisation of High Performance Thermoelectric Materials

Important description
A fully-funded PhD studentship in solid-state materials chemistry is available. The project will investigate the synthesis and characterisation of advanced thermoelectric materials for a new generation of thermoelectric devices that will enable improved energy recovery from waste heat.

The project is jointly supported by the University of Reading and the ISIS Neutron Facility, and will involve the development and application of new in-situ diffraction capabilities at the ISIS facility. State-of-the-art sample cells will be used to couple the collection of diffraction data to the measurement of thermoelectric properties. This measurement program will result in an increased understanding of the structural features that lead to high thermoelectric performance. The project will provide experience of a wide range of techniques including solid-state synthesis, powder X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, electrical and thermal transport measurements and analytical electron microscopy. The successful candidate, based at the University of Reading, will spend periods at the ISIS Facility testing and evaluating new sample cells. The project will be supervised by Prof. A.V. Powell and Dr P. Vaqueiro at Reading and Dr S. Hull at ISIS.

Eligibility and other criteria
Candidates should have or expect to gain a first or upper second-class degree in Chemistry or Materials Science.

Application deadline
* September 1, 2015

Additional information, and important URL

Project commences October 2015.
Candidates should have or expect to gain a first or upper second-class degree in Chemistry or Materials Science.
The project is funded for three and a half years.
All tuition fees will be paid, together with a stipend (currently ᆪ13,863 p.a.)
Owing to the nature of the funding, applications are restricted to UK and EU nationals.


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