Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford
DPhil Studentship in Inorganic Chemistry
Using Organometallic Chemistry to Make Nano-Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Fuels
Start date 10/17
 
Applications are invited from students interested in studying for a DPhil under the supervision of Charlotte Williams.
The DPhil will join a team of researchers, including postdoctoral researchers, working on the development of new catalysts and processes allowing the transformation of carbon dioxide into fuels or dense energy carriers.  The project will specifically focus on the use of inorganic and organometallic complexes as pre-cursors to prepare metal and metal oxide nanoparticles.  Our work will begin with investigations using zinc and copper compounds, but will broaden as the research progresses to include other metals/oxides.  The research will also involve the use of ancillary ligands, such as carboxylate or phosphinates, to control the surface active sites and enable production of colloidal catalysts and inks.  The project is part of a large-scale collaboration with researchers in Engineering and Materials at Imperial College London (Profs. Milo Shaffer and Geoff Kelsall).   The research at Imperial College will involve testing of the new nanomaterials as electrocatalysts and photocatalysts in the transformation of carbon dioxide to dense energy carriers, such as methanol. 
Applicants should have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in Chemistry or Materials Science and an interest in experimental work, inter-disciplinary collaboration and application aware problem solving. The University of Oxford provides world-class facilities for research and skills training; the Williams research group have high-quality laboratories in the Chemistry research laboratory and specialized reactor equipment suitable for the project. 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. Applications from students with EU nationality are welcome.
More information about the research group can be found on the group website: http://research.chem.ox.ac.uk/charlotte-williams.aspx
Candidates should first send a CV and covering letter to Charlotte Williams, after which suitable candidates will be invited 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 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