Materials Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC DTP and Johnson Matthey PhD Scholarship: Atomic Imaging of Nanoparticle Catalysts during Operation (RS144)

Closing date: 26 August 2022

Key Information

Funding providers: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) DTP and Johnson Matthey

Subject areas: Nanotechnology, physics, chemistry, engineering, materials, catalysis, electron microscopy

Project start date: 

  • 1 October 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Project supervisors: 

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Materials Engineering

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description: 

This project is a collaboration between the Nanomaterials Lab at Swansea University, which covers physics, chemistry and engineering on the nanometre-scale, and the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre through their aberration-corrected electron microscopy facility located at the DIAMOND Light Source at Harwell near Oxford. The new transmission electron microscope (TEM) enables atomic-resolution imaging of individual nanoparticle catalysts during the process of a chemical reaction inside a cell located in the heart of the microscope. The correlation between atomic structure and the chemical selectivity of the catalyst is central to the discovery of new, environmentally-friendly nanostructured catalysts for the green economy. The world-leading expertise of the Swansea group in the generation of size-selected and composition-controlled nanoparticles by cluster beam methods will be exploited to produce the new model catalysts, and coupled to JM’s experience in catalytic chemistry, advanced imaging and industrial exploitation. This is an exciting and demanding project for a top student, with great prospects for research impact and career development.

Eligibility

Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level or Master's degree with Merit (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or similar relevant science discipline. See - Country-specific Information for European Applicants 2019 and Country-specific Information for International Applicants 2019.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. Details on the Swansea University English Language entry policy can be found here.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility. 

If you have any questions regarding your academic or fee eligibility based on the above, please email pgrscholarships@swansea.ac.uk with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 

Funding

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £16,062.

Additional research expenses will also be available. 

How to Apply

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

  1. Course choice – please select Materials Engineering / PhD / Full-time / 3 Year / October

    In the event you have already applied for the above programme previously, the application system may issue a warning notice and prevent application, in this event, please email pgrscholarships@swansea.ac.uk where staff will be happy to assist you in submitting your application.

  2. Start year – please select 2022
  3. Funding (page 8) –
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS144 - PhD Materials Eng''

*It is the responsibility of the applicant to list the above information accurately when applying, please note that applications received without the above information listed will not be considered for the scholarship award.

One application is required per individual Swansea University led research scholarship award; applications cannot be considered listing multiple Swansea University led research scholarship awards.

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email):

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form (online form)
  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A cover letter including a ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project.
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Professor Richard Palmer (r.e.palmer@swansea.ac.uk).

*External Partner Application Data Sharing – Please not that as part of the scholarship application selection process, application data sharing may occur with external partners outside of the University, when joint/co- funding of a scholarship project is applicable.