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New Material for Catalysis: solvent-free synthesis, atomic imaging and selectivity via nanoparticle beam deposition

Key Information

Supervisors: Prof R Palmer, Dr C Tizaoui and Dr J Cookson

Expected Interview Date: late July 2020

Nanoparticle beam deposition represents a radical new approach to the environmentally-friendly synthesis of nanoparticles for catalysis and biomedicine.

The method is solvent and thus effluent free and avoids toxic salts, thus satisfying the growing demand for sustainable manufacture.

The Nanomaterials lab at Swansea, specialises in upscaling from the previous microgram level to the gram+ level, enabling frontier research and development.

The Research Engineer will:

  • Based at Swansea, work collaboratively with the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (JMTC), Reading, and will focus on next generation materials for selective catalysis and battery applications;
  • Interface to collaborative theory work at Swansea University and beyond.
  • The project work will entail the design and fabrication of specific nanoparticles with the new Swansea cluster source, aiming to enhance selectivity in model chemical transformations.  These will be characterised by advanced electron microscopy and their chemical performance measured to tune the nanoparticle design.  

Swansea university is a top 30 UK institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to delivering high quality collaborative research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners. 

Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunities to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.

The Athena SWAN charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committee to addressing unequal gender representation.

Applications from women are particularly welcomed. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

Before submitting an application for the project, please see our Hints & Tips document which can be found here.

Sponsoring Company Johnson Matthey Technology Centre.
Company Website Eligibility
We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.
Normally, we would expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application. 
Full eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility
Fees at UK/EU rate and stipend of £20000 per annum for each of four years.
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.
Closing Date 8 July 2020

Start Date October 2020

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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk