Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford
DPhil in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry - area of soft condensed matter at the nanometre scale: 'single molecule trapping and measurement'

Start Date: 1st June 2018, or October 2018


Supervisor: Professor Madhavi Krishnan (current research webpage: http://krishnanlab.uzh.ch/ )

Prof. Madhavi Krishnan's laboratory is looking for talented and highly motivated doctoral students with a strong undergraduate background in physics, biophysics, or physical chemistry, to join them in taking forward an exciting emerging area of microscopy-based single molecule measurement.
The group works in the broad area of soft condensed matter at the nanometre scale and has a specific interest in measuring and understanding electrostatics in molecular-scale matter, e.g., biological macromolecules. Using the repulsive electrostatic interaction in solution, the group recently demonstrated the ability to spatially trap single molecules in solution without the use of external forces (Nature, 2010; Nature Nanotechnology, 2012; Nature Nanotechnology, 2017). This "field-free" trap now enables measurements of the physical properties of macromolecules such as their electrical charge, size and 3D conformation with unprecedented precision, one at a time and in real time. The experimental approaches involved centre around optical imaging and spectroscopy and nanofabrication techniques. The work also relies on theory and simulation, specifically focusing on numerical mean-field electrostatics calculations and Brownian Dynamics simulations.
The ideal candidate will hold a degree in physics, physical chemistry, biophysics, or a related area. Biochemistry students with a flair for more physical approaches to problems are also encouraged to apply. In order to apply for this position, please send a single PDF consisting of a cover letter (explaining your background and motivation), CV including contact information for your references, by email to madhavi.krishnan@uzh.ch
The position will ideally start on 1st June 2018 at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory at Oxford, or in October 2018 at the latest.
Candidates will be expected to submit a formal application (http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate ) for a DPhil in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry by 9th March 2018.
Queries related to the application process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk
 
The University of Oxford and Department of Chemistry are Athena SWAN Silver Award holders.
 

DPhil Studentship in Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis
 

Start Date: October 2018

Supervisor: Professor Charlotte Williams

(http://research.chem.ox.ac.uk/charlotte-williams.aspx)
 

Applications are invited for a fully funded DPhil (PhD) studentship supervised by Prof. Charlotte Williams in Inorganic Chemistry.  The project involves the synthesis, characterization and properties of colloidal nanocatalysts.  The catalysts are targeted for carbon dioxide photo/electroreduction to form dense energy carriers (e.g. methanol).  The catalysts are small, well-defined, colloidal nanoparticles and exfoliated 2-D nanosheets, comprising Zn/Cu/Ni oxides/sulphides and metallic particles.  The particles will be prepared using new organometallic routes developed by Williams and Shaffer (see publications).  Funding is provided by Shell and supports a large scale, interdisciplinary team of researchers (DPhils and postdoctoral researchers) working in Chemistry (Oxford), Materials (Imperial, Shaffer) and Engineering (Imperial, Kelsall).  This studentship will involve training and research in organometallic chemistry, synthesis, inorganic nanomaterials characterization and close collaboration with experts in photo-electrocatalysis and engineering (at Imperial). For recent publications from the Williams/Shaffer team in this area please refer to: Acs Nano, 2017, 11, 2714-2723; Nat. Commun., 2016, 7, 13008.  Further publications and information on the broader research group are available on the Williams group website: http://research.chem.ox.ac.uk/charlotte-williams.aspx
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at first class/upper second level.  The University of Oxford provides world-class facilities for research and skills training; the College system in Oxford also ensures that graduate students are immersed in an international and academically broad community outside of their doctoral studies. This studentship will cover College and University fees at Home/EU rate plus provide a maintenance grant at a UK Research Council rate – £14,777 per annum. Candidates can be of any nationality. 
Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Williams with a CV and covering letter/email (charlotte.williams@chem.ox.ac.uk ) prior to submitting a formal application (http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate), the deadline for submitting  the formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry is 9th March 2018.

Queries related to application process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk
 
DPhil Studentship in Experimental Physical Chemistry
Dynamic control of nano-confined liquids
 

Start date between 10/2017 – 03/2018

 

Applications are invited from students interested in studying for a DPhil (Oxford’s doctoral degree, equivalent to PhD) under the supervision of Susan Perkin in the Surface Forces Research Laboratory, Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Oxford.
The vision of the research group is to discover how liquids behave at interfaces and in nano-scale films or pores.  We carry out delicate experiments to uncover physical principles and generate greater understanding.  Our science is of fundamental relevance to many areas of application such as state-of-the-art energy storage devices and nanomechanical systems. Currently we have particular focus on liquids containing a high density of ions; either ionic liquids or other highly concentrated electrolytes or polyelectrolytes. Their properties are of great interest technologically but often cannot be explained with existing theories.  Supported by funding from the ERC we now seek applications from keen and dedicated students wishing to work with our team. The nature of the project is flexible but likely to involve experiments to control adhesion and friction across liquid nano-films using electric and magnetic fields.
Applicants should have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Physics, Chemistry), an interest in experimental work, problem solving and creative thinking. The University of Oxford provides world-class facilities for research and skills training; the College system in Oxford also ensures that graduate students are immersed in an international and academically broad community outside of their doctoral studies.
This studentship will cover College and University fees at Home/EU rate plus provide a maintenance grant at a UK Research Council rate – currently £14,553 per annum.
More information about the research group can be found on the group website (http://perkin.chem.ox.ac.uk/home), and interested students are encouraged to contact Susan Perkin for more information: susan.perkin@chem.ox.ac.uk.  After informal discussions, applicants will be required to submit a formal application using the online system found at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate.
Queries related to application process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk
 

DPhil Projects with Professor Peter G Bruce FRS at the Derpartment of Materials
 

Three projects on the materials chemistry and electrochemistry of batteries: lithium-air, all solid state lithium and sodium-ion batteries

 
1. The materials chemistry and electrochemistry of the lithium-air battery
2. Challenges facing all-solid-state batteries
3. The materials chemistry and electrochemistry of lithium and sodium-ion batteries

Further details may be obtained by contacting: zsofia.lazar@materials.ox.ac.uk
 

E.P. Abraham Scholarship in the Chemical, Biological/Life and Medical Sciences

St Cross College invites applications for this scholarship from students who will begin studying for a DPhil research degree in the chemical, biological/life and medical sciences at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2018 - 2019 and who list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application.
The E.P. Abraham Scholarship has a value of £10,000 per annum and is tenable for three years coterminous with College fee liability. The successful scholar will be guaranteed to have a room in College accommodation (at the standard rent) for the first year of their course. Applications should be received by Friday 18th May 2018.
This Scholarship is tenable at St Cross College only. Application forms can be downloaded here or requested by email. Written requests should be sent to the Academic Secretary, St Cross College, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ.