Swansea University College of Science/EPSRC PhD Scholarship 2017/2018

PhD studentship in Nanochemistry: Developing synthesis strategies for advanced colloidal nanostructures

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2018

Start date: October 2018


Project overview

The field of colloidal nanostructures is developing very rapidly. Semiconducting nanocrystals function already as superior fluorescence dyes in modern TV screens. Beyond, they can be used in opto-electronic devices, in sensors and as catalysts. The Swansea University is seeking a top class candidate to undertake a PhD studentship in the field of nanochemistry. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary and dynamic research environment in the Chemistry Department. 

The project will involve developing synthesis strategies for advanced colloidal nanostructures including two-dimensional semiconductors and their characterization. The structures will be used as conduction channel in advanced opto-electronic spin devices. Such research will enable new materials for faster and cheaper information processing. The PhD studentship offers an exciting opportunity to combine chemical and physical approaches to nanotechnology in a quickly developing field. 

Swansea University strongly encourages research collaboration worldwide and there may be opportunities for short term secondment in internationally leading laboratories in the UK or abroad. This opportunity also provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs.

Relevant web links: 

Website of the Klinke group at the University of Hamburg: https://www.chemie.uni-hamburg.de/pc/klinke/

Department of Chemistry: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/chemistry/chemistryresearch/

For informal enquiries, please contact Christian Klinke at Christian.Klinke@Swansea.ac.uk

Academic Requirements:

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree and/or a Master's degree with Merit (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Engineering or related discipline and interest in combining informatics with physical science. 

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests

Residency Criteria:

This PhD scholarship is open to UK applicants only.


This is a three year fully-funded EPSRC scholarship covering UK Tuition Fees and the standard UK Postgraduate Research Student living stipend of £14,777 per annum.

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship, please download the research scholarship application form ‌and return it to the College of Science within stated deadline with the following:

  • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • A recent CV

Applicants should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the award they are applying for particularly matches their skills and experience and how they would choose to develop the project.

Please email the documents to: science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk or post them to:

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