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PhD position-nanomaterials for solar thermal energy conversion

Posted by: Ulster University

Posted date: Dec-22-2019

Location: Newtownabbey, UK

Funded PhD Opportunity
Understanding and optimisation of nanomaterial properties for efficient solar thermal energy conversion
Apply through the link
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/find -a-phd/511738
Summary
Solar thermal energy conversion is becoming of paramount interest in research as it has the potential to provide sustainable solutions for decarbonised heat supply. Successful development of solar thermal energy converters depends on the energy conversion efficiency of the devices/systems. Nanomaterials have the potential to impact and push forward this area of research due to their exceptional properties which include increased surface area, quantum confinement, tuneable properties, modified interface, high reactivity and low-cost synthesis. Understanding the factors and maximising the energy conversion efficiency is becoming a point of interest for achieving a sustainable and viable solution.
This project focuses on the design and development of nanomaterials and/or hybrid nanomaterial systems for achieving a broad range of solar absorption and efficient photo thermal conversion in solar thermal converters. The nanomaterial properties will be optimised in terms of size, shape, surface functionalities and defect densities to tune optical, electrical and thermal properties. A focus of the work will be in understanding and modifying the transport properties (charge carrier and heat) of nanomaterials for efficient energy conversion and optimised device performance. The research will seek to replace the existing low efficiency surface absorber with a high efficiency nanomaterial based solar absorber. The project will be delivered in several stages and some activities will run in parallel. The optimisation of synthesis parameters will be performed to achieve tuneable optical, electrical and thermal properties of nanomaterials for photo thermal applications. Effort will be directed at understanding the fundamental science and mechanism of photo thermal energy conversion factors in nanomaterials and hybrid nanomaterial systems.
The outcome of the project will manifest in a detailed understanding of parameters crucial for enhancing energy conversion efficiency in nanomaterial-based photo thermal energy applications. This will also provide critical know how on nanomaterial-based device fabrication processes suitable for solar thermal applications. It is expected that high impact factor journal and conference papers will be produced by the project.
The applicant should have interest in nanomaterials and solar energy research. This project will be well suited to candidates with a background in materials science, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related discipline.

Essential criteria
To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.
Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal

Desirable Criteria
If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.
First Class Honours (1st) Degree
Masters at 65%
Work experience relevant to the proposed project
Publications - peer-reviewed

Funding
The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:
Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)
Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).
This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £15,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Vice-Chancellor�s Research Bursary (VCRB)
Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).
This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £7,500 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Vice-Chancellor�s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)
Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).
This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Department for the Economy (DFE)
The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fee�s component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided). For Non-EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK. This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-fund ing /financing-your-studies
Job Title PhD position-nanomaterials for solar thermal energy conversion
Post Details
Email s.chakrabarti(at)ulster.ac.uk
Employer's Website www.ulster.ac.uk
Category
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Materials Science
Job Classification Job Classification -> Engineering
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Newtownabbey, UK
Key Words PhD, Nanomaterials, Renewable energy, Solar thermal conversion, Photo thermal, Energy research, Nanotechnology, Materials Science
Start Date 14/09/2020
Deadline Feb-07-2020