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PhD in Chemistry: Catalytic Science

Key facts

Application deadline 31 August 2019
Start date October 2019
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships Two

Applications are invited for two PhD studentships in the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI), for work in collaboration with the UK Catalysis Hub - a national network of catalytic science in the UK.

Several research projects will be available studying the molecular level properties controlling the performance of key catalytic systems. A wide range of techniques will be employed including synthesis, characterisation and testing of catalytic systems, but also, where appropriate, synchrotron and neutron based experimental methods (employing the UK Diamond synchrotron and ISIS neutron facilities), together with computer modelling.

Research topics will relate to the following catalytic systems:

  • supported nano-metallic catalysts used in a wide range of processes including oxidation, hydrogenation and C-H activation as well as photo-catalytic reactions
  • microporous catalysts employed in hydrocarbon synthesis, isomerisation and oxidation catalysis
  • metal oxide and carbide catalysts used in CO2 activation.

Much of the research relates to environmental remediation, renewable energy and synthetic fuels. All projects will explore areas of key scientific and industrial importance and will train the student in advanced experimental and/or computational techniques.



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Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
International students are welcome to apply but must pay the fee difference between Home and International fees.
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)
Academic criteria

Degree in Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Physics and Materials Science are all acceptable. There is no minimum degree classification.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students without further restrictions.


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Applicants should apply for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry with an October 2019 start date.

In the 'Research proposal and Funding' section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select 'No, I am not self-funding my research' when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add 'PhD in Chemistry: Catalytic Science' when asked 'Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for'.

Please include your CV and covering letter in your application

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


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