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A new generation of functional nanomaterials: solvent–free synthesis of size-selected nanoparticles, atomic imaging and applications in catalysis, medical sensing, quantum optics and energy

Key Information

Supervisors: Prof R Palmer and Prof G Held

Expected interview date : March 2020

Nanoparticle beam deposition represents a radical new approach to the environmentally-friendly synthesis of nanoparticles for catalysis, biomedicine and clean energy generation, storage and distribution. The method is solvent- and thus effluent-free, and satisfies the growing demand for green, sustainable manufacturing of advanced materials. The Nanomaterials Lab at Swansea is world leader in the scale up this approach from the previous microgram level to the gram+ level, enabling frontier R&D of great interest to high tech companies. This project will focus on the underlying science and the discovery of next generation materials for selective catalysis, biosensing (theranostics) and energy applications (quantum optics for displays, batteries and molecular electro-fuels). The project will employ a brand new size-selected Nanoparticle Beam source built by the Swansea Lab to be located at the Diamond Synchrotron at Harwell near Oxford, enable spectroscopic and microscopic measurements of deposited nanoclusters under realistic reaction conditions.Sponsorship for the project is confirmed from the Diamond Light Source at Harwell. The project will require a student with both intellectual strength and enthusiasm and strong experimental skills, and will also interface to collaborating theory groups.

Available resources/facilities: Swansea: a set of nanocluster beam sources; high resolution TEM, XPS and SPM. Diamond: Swansea’s new size-selected nanocluster beam source, advanced facilities for imaging, spectroscopy and analysis and functional testing of novel materials for catalysis and energy applications. 

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 providing top quality 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 opportunity 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.

Sponsoring Company Diamond Light Source Ltd
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 1 April 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