Chemistry: EPSRC Funded PhD Scholarship: Hybrid catalysis for solar fuel production

Closing date: 31 January 2018

Key Information

Project Supervisors:

Start date: 1 April or 1 October 2018

Project overview

The Department of Chemistry, Swansea University is looking for a talented PhD student with interest in bridging the gap between molecular and materials chemistry to join the solar fuels research group led by Moritz Kuehnel ( Our research is focusing on storing solar energy in chemical fuels through integrating molecular catalysts with nanomaterials into hybrid photocatalysts and electrocatalysts. The PhD project aims at developing novel supramolecular integration methodology and will involve the synthesis of nanomaterials and molecular catalysts as well as the assembly and characterisation of hybrid materials. Electrochemistry and photocatalysis will be used for performance assessment of new materials and catalysts.

We are looking for a highly motivated, creative individual with an interest in interdisciplinary, collaborative research beyond the traditional discipline boundaries. Ideally, the candidate will have a background in synthetic inorganic, organic and/or materials chemistry. Knowledge of electrochemical methods is desirable, but not essential. The student must be capable of organising time and work effectively, have excellent communication skills, and should be keen to work independently as well as within a collaborative network. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in the dynamic research environment in the Chemistry Department with close links to Chemical Engineering and SPECIFIC


Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree and/or a Master's degree with Merit (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry or related discipline.

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.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates or those with indefinite right to remain in the UK only.


This is a three year fully-funded EPSRC scholarship covering UK/EU tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of £14,553 (RCUK rate).

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the stated deadline.

To apply for this studentship, please download the Scholarship Application Form ‌and return it to the College of Science 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
  • 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 or attach a cover letter explaining their motivation for applying for this award, and how their skills and experience match the project description.

Please email the documents to or post them to:

Recruitment and Marketing Team
College of Science
Wallace Building
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Moritz Kuehnel at