Kent-Lille Joint (Cotutelle) PhD Scholarships
Fees and Stipend at the Research Council rate £15,009 (Home/EU rate only).
Jointly supervised PhDs (widely known as cotutelles) offer PhD students the chance to be jointly supervised by the University of Kent and a university in another country, resulting in a dual award: a PhD from Kent and a doctorate from the partner university.
Supervisor: Mark Green (University of Kent, UK) and Olivier Lafon (University of Lille, France)
A funded PhD position is available in the combination of neutron and synchrotron scattering with Solid State NMR in hybrid perovskites.
In recent years organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have taken the photovoltaic community by storm, having already demonstrated solar cell efficiencies competitive with silicon ?they now look to revolutionise a whole host of technologies utilising the low cost, low temperature solution synthesis and astonishing material properties of the hybrid perovskite. The rapid developments and excitement surrounding this class of materials has been in spite of an incomplete understanding of the structure and dynamics that drives the extraordinary performance, shedding light on this mechanism is vital if the potential of these materials is to be fully realised.
This project aims to study hybrid perovskite photovoltaic devices, improve our understanding of their structural dynamics through a combination of neutron and synchrotron scattering with Solid State NMR and correlate this with their photovoltaic performance.
The University of Kent has state-of-the-art synthesis and characterisation labs including extensive diffraction and photovoltaic performance measurements instrumentation. (https://research.kent.ac.uk/functional-materials/).
The University of Lille is one of the leading centres in the world for Solid State NMR, including 800 and 900 MHz instruments (http://www.ir-rmn.fr/en/presentation/uccs-ugsf-lille)
The successful candidate will be funded in a cotutelle arrangement where the student is based at the University of Kent's main campus in Canterbury, UK as part of the Functional Materials Group, but will spend at least 12 months at the University of Lille, France.
This PhD Studentship is due to start in September 2019
To apply please go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/18/chemistry.
Deadline Date for Applications: 24th May 2019
Interviews: 6th June 2019
The deadline for this award has now passed.