Research Scholarships

Nanotechnology: Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: New materials for catalysis: solvent–free synthesis, atomic imaging and selectivity via nanoparticle beam deposition

Closing date: 28 February 2019

Key Information

This scholarship is funded by Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (JMTC) and Swansea University's College of Engineering/EPSRC.

Subject areas: Nanotechnology, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science

Start date: October 2019

Project description: Nanoparticle beam deposition represents a radical new approach to the environmentally-friendly synthesis of nanoparticles for catalysis and biomedicine. The method is solvent- and thus effluent-free and avoids toxic salts, and satisfies the growing demand for sustainable manufacturing of advanced materials. The Nanomaterials Lab at Swansea is world leader in the scale up this approach from the previous microgram level to the gram+ level, enabling frontier R&D of great interest to chemical companies. The project will be a collaboration with the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (JMTC), Reading, and will focus on the discovery of next generation materials for selective catalysis and battery applications. The project will require a student with strong experimental skills and confidence, and will also interface to collaborating theory groups.

Project supervisors: Professor R E Palmer (Swansea), Dr P Bishop (JMTC)

Available resources/facilities: Swansea: 4 nanocluster beam sources, high resolution TEM, XPS and SPM JMTC: advanced facilities for chemical testing, imaging, spectroscopy and analysis


Candidates should have obtained or expected to obtain a first or 2.1 undergraduate degree or equivalent in physical sciences or engineering including Nanotechnology, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU/international tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,000 for UK/EU candidates and £5,000 for international candidates. 

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete and submit the following documents to Professor Richard E. Palmer (

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Professor Richard E. Palmer (