Postgraduate research opportunities

Catching nucleation in action using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

This PhD project will use surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to probe the early stages of crystal nucleation.

Number of places

One

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

29 January 2019

Deadline

30 September 2020

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

UK/EU candidates are eligible to apply.  Candidates applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. 

Project Details

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to start a PhD project using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to probe the early stages of crystal nucleation. The project is expected to provide groundbreaking insight in the understanding of nucleation, and lead to high-impact publications.

The student will be based in Pure and Applied Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Karen Faulds, in collaboration with Prof. Jan Sefcik and Dr. Karen Johnston, in Chemical and Process Engineering. 

They will gain research experience in a variety of techniques, including synthesis of gold nanoparticles with different sizes and geometries, crystallisation, nucleation rate measurements, Raman and SERS spectroscopy, and Design of Experiment to optimise nucleation and SERS conditions.  The student will interact with the research team in both departments and contribute to a lively and creative research environment and regularly communicate their work. In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, the student will be registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which develops a student's transferable skills, networks and career prospects.

The studentship is available from February 2020 but the start date can be extended by a few months.

Funding Details

The studentship is available for UK/EU candidates from February 2020 but the start date can be extended by a few months.

Supervisor

Supervisor 1 - Dr Karen Faulds (Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry)

Supervisor 2 - Prof Jan Sefcik (Department of Chemical & Process Engineering)

Supervisor 3 - Dr Karen Johnston (Department of Chemical & Process Engineering)

How to apply

Apply for this PhD project here.

Please quote the project title in your application.