Postgraduate research opportunities

Conjugated polymer photocatalysts for carbon dioxide reduction

Design and application of new conjugated polymer photocatalysts for light-driven conversion of carbon dioxide into useful chemical intermediates.

Number of places

1

Opens

10 March 2021

Duration

42 months

Eligibility

Self funded students only

UKRI Studentship Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for UKRI funding has changed for studentships commencing in the 2021/22 academic year. Now, all home and international students are eligible to apply for UKRI funding which will cover the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). Under the new criteria, UKRI have stipulated a maximum percentage of international students that can be recruited each year against individual training grants. This will be managed at the institutional level for all EPSRC DTP and ICASE grants. For EPSRC CDT grants, this will be managed by the individual CDT administrative/management team. For ESRC and AHRC studentships the final funding decision will be made by the respective grant holder.

 

To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

 

The residency requirements are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

If a student does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student. The international portion of the tuition fee cannot be funded by the UKRI grant and must be covered from other sources. International students are permitted to self-fund the difference between the home and international fee rates.

Project Details

The reduction of atmospheric greenhouse gases, in particular carbon dioxide, is a very important contemporary challenge for our societies. The Sprick group (https://pureportal.strath.ac.uk/en/persons/seb-sprick, Twitter: @SebSprick) aims to solve these challenges by designing conjugated polymers that use the Sun’s energy for the conversion of carbon dioxide into useful chemical intermediates.

Conjugated polymers have emerged as an exciting new photocatalyst class in the last 5 years allowing for their properties to be much better fine-tuned by using a wide range of building blocks compared to inorganic photocatalysts. This project will be focused on the development of new materials through new synthetic strategies and post-synthetic modification.

The student will gain experience in modern synthetic methods, characterisation techniques, as well as in photochemical measurements and cell culturing. Additional opportunities are available through the University’s PG Researcher Professional Development Programme to develop transferable skills. Research findings will be published in high impact journals with the opportunity to present at an international conference.

Potential applicants should email Dr Sprick sebastian.sprick@strath.ac.uk, including a statement how they plan to obtain funding, and a curriculum vitae.

Funding Details

Self-Funded Student Only

Contact us

How to apply

Please send enquiries regarding this opportunity to Dr Sprick directly via email (sebastian.sprick@strath.ac.uk) including a statement on how the applicant will obtain funding and a CV.