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Applications are open for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the field of “Pressure-dependent synchrotron studies of barocaloric materials for zero carbon heating and cooling". It is a collaborative effort (50:50) between Diamond Light Source and the University of Glasgow. The work is led by Dr. David Boldrin in the Materials and Condensed Matter Physics group (School of Physics and Astronomy) at Glasgow and Dr Eamonn Connolly on the I11 beamline at Diamond. The studentship will develop novel instrumentation for use with synchrotron radiation in order to study cutting-edge energy materials.
Heating and cooling result in over a third of the UK’s CO2 emissions and decarbonising these essential systems is imperative to reach the legal obligation of net-zero carbon by 2050 . Barocalorics, materials that undergo large temperature changes under an applied pressure, are a promising technology to achieve this goal [2,3,4]. The challenge now is to tune these barocaloric effects away from the often-large operational hydrostatic pressures (>2.5 kbar), towards the low pressures (<1 kbar) required for a commercially competitive heating or cooling device. In order to do this, precise structure-pressure relationships of barocaloric materials in the 0-2kbar hydrostatic pressure range are required, yet this capability is currently lacking using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (SXPD). This project will build a medium pressure cell (0-2 kbar) on the I11 high-resolution powder diffraction beamline at Diamond Light Source and use it to study the pressure-temperature phase diagram of state-of-the-art barocalorics.
You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for a PhD degree at the University of Glasgow. Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a First-Class Honours or a 2:1 degree at Master’s level (or equivalent) in Materials, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a related science. Time will be split 50:50 between the University of Glasgow and Diamond Light Source and at both institutes you will join a diverse, broad and collaborative group working on energy and functional materials. You will receive postgraduate teaching and skills training as part of the SUPA (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance) partnership, as well as the world-class opportunities at Diamond Light Source (see below).
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 D. Boldrin, Appl. Phys. Lett. 118, 170502 (2021).
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Applications are now closed.
Prospective candidates may make informal enquiries by contacting Dr. David Boldrin or Dr. Eamonn Connolly by email – email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org – please include a CV and a cover letter.
Applications can be made at the following site, but please contact beforehand if you are interested: University of Glasgow
(choose Physics and Astronomy and select David Boldrin as supervisor)
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