I studied Physics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milano, Italy), where I earned a bachelor’s degree followed by a master’s degree. Both of them consisted mainly of solid state physics classes, with a particular focus on semiconductors (for electronics and photonics application) and magnetic nanostructures. My first experience in research was at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, France), where I spent 10 months working as a trainee for my master thesis project.
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Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCOs) have become ubiquitous in our everyday lives, and are commonly used as transparent electrodes in devices such as solar cells, flat panel displays and light emitting diodes, and as coatings in energy efficient low-emissivity windows. As you read this on your phone/tablet/laptop you are looking at a TCO! This project is focussed on using a combination of density functional theory (DFT) and synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy to study novel dopants in TCOs, in an effort to find systems that show improved performance over the current industry standard. Prospective students will join the Scanlon Materials Theory Group at UCL, where we have 10 years of experience of using DFT to understand defect processes in TCOs, and the student will be part of a multi-group project to experimentally and computationally study these system, in collaboration with a large industry partner.
Successful candidates will split their time between UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus and Diamond Light Source, at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. This represents a unique opportunity to be trained in state of the art calculations, in addition to learning about ground breaking x-ray spectroscopy.
Interested candidates should contact Dr David Scanlon (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a degree transcript and a motivation letter expressing interest in this project. Informal inquiries are encouraged. The applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in physics, chemistry or related subject.
Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to applicants from the UK and EU, who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years preceding their start on the programme or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
Applications will be accepted until 30 June 2018 but the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified.
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