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We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with a strong academic background in inorganic chemistry to work with Prof. Dominic Wright and Prof. Clare Grey on a project focussing on novel high-performance cathode materials and the potential of molecular single-source materials for the deposition of protective layers of various metal oxides. We have developed a potentially very broad-ranging method for the deposition of titanium oxide and metal-doped titanium oxide films using a series of readily prepared, organically-soluble compounds containing titanium oxide cores, allowing spray coating of electrochemically-robust thin films from solution at ambient temperature. The programme would initially use the established methodologies for the deposition of titanium oxide and metal-doped titanium oxide films but move on to extend this to other metal oxides. We have, for example, shown recently that V-oxide and metal-doped V-oxide films can be prepared using a similar methodology. We seek to extend this approach to other transition metal and main group films (particularly aluminium oxide and tin oxide). The project will involve synthetic work on the exploration of the structures and compositions of new precursors, their deposition into oxide films, the investigation of the morphology and composition of the films, and performance studies in model cells.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemistry. An interest and experience in inorganic synthesis is desirable. Knowledge and experience in X-ray crystallography, SEM/TEM and solid-state characterisation would also be an advantage.

The studentship will provide a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and is available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements of the Research Councils. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Owing to funding restrictions imposed by the sponsor, non-EU citizens cannot be considered.

Applications should emailed to Professor Dominic Wright (, and should include a CV, detailed academic transcripts, a cover letter highlighting what you can bring to the project, and the contact details for two academic referees. For informal enquiries please contact Professor Wright.

Please quote reference MA15522 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Key Information

Department of Chemistry

Reference: MA15522

Dates and deadlines:

Monday, 7 May, 2018
Closing Date
Friday, 8 June, 2018