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PhD Scholarship in Materials Chemistry in Analytical Chemistry at Stockholm University

Stockholm University, Sweden is offering PhD position in analytical chemistry. The funds for this position are available for four years. This position is closed on June 05, 2020.

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) is, with about 150 employees, one of the largest departments at the Faculty of Natural sciences at Stockholm University.

A significant part of the teaching activities is at the undergraduate (undergraduate scholarships) level with courses in General, Physical, Inorganic, and Analytical Chemistry. The teaching at the graduate level focuses on the master (master scholarships) programs in Materials and Analytical Chemistry.

Research activities of MMK focus primarily on materials, and include different classes such as ceramics, glasses, self-assembled, porous materials, and soft matter. The projects often encompass synthesis, and characterization by X-ray, neutron diffraction, electron microscopy, solid-state NMR, and computer modelling of materials with a potential for various applications. Research activities in the area of Analytical Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry scholarships) focus on developing advanced analytical techniques for studies of organic compounds and biomolecules.

Project description

Project title: Development of High Performance Thermoelectric Materials for Waste-Heat Recovery to Reduce Mankinds Carbon-Footprint.

Supervisor (PI): Professor Anja-Verena Mudring, anja-verena.mudring@mmk.su.se.

Reducing mankinds impact on the environment while maintaining and providing a high standard of living is one of the most pressing current challenges. This calls for a proper management of energy. Generally in energy conversion processes, in fact in most equipment or chemical processes, heat get dissipated which represents substantial energy losses. For that reason, recovery of lost heat and conversion to high-value electric energy is an important, integral contribution to a robust and resource-efficient energy system. For this efficient thermoelectrics are needed that can recover the waste heat and convert it back to high-value electric energy.

The project aims at developing improved thermoelectric materials for waste heat recovery through decomposition of metal-organic precursors with defined composition in task-specific ionic liquids (ILs, room temperature molten-salts) by microwave heating and subsequent mild compaction. This approach allows in a unique way to independently optimize the three key physical properties of a thermoelectric material where typically the optimization of one property is only possible at the expense of the other: Seebeck coefficient (single source precursor: defined charge carrier concentration, electric (IL: templating agent not compromising conductivity) and thermal conductivity (compaction: preserves microstructure).

The planned work encompasses the synthesis and characterization of organometallic precursor compounds and their conversion to a thermoelectric material under microwave irradiation, product characterization with respect to its phase composition, structural, chemical and physical properties, specifically the electric and thermal conductivity. The aim is to increase the basic knowledge that will allow the guided synthesis and design of materials for thermoelectric energy conversion.

The successful candidate should have a background in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or a related subject. The position requires the synthesis, structure and reactivity characterization of organometallic compounds as well as studying their transformation to the corresponding nanoscale materials, interpretation of data and scientific presentation. The project involves synthetic chemistry as well as mateirals characterization. Experience in those techniques and methods is beneficial, although not strictly required.

The successful candidate will become part of an international, interdisciplinary team. The PhD project will be supported through a grant from the Swedish Energy Agency, Energimydigheten.

Qualification requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden (Sweden scholarships) or elsewhere. In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Chemistry is valid. Those studies should include at least one specialized course or a thesis in the research subject. In order to facilitate the evaluation of merits and suitability for the PhD studies your curriculum vitae (CV) should contain information about the extent and focus of the academic studies. The quantity (as part of an academic year) and the quality mark of courses in chemistry and physics are of particular interest. Please, state titles of undergraduate theses and project works.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

Selection

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates' documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate's written motivation for seeking the position.

A short list will be set up and interviews with the top candidates will be carried out at the department or via internet.

Economic support for the PhD studies are guaranteed for full time studies during the time period agreed on in the individual study plan. The studies does normally mean four years full time studies. You are encouraged to contact the project leader for more information about the project.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University (Stockholm University scholarships) are available at: www.su.se/rules and regulations.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Contact

For more information, please contact thesupervisor (PI): Professor Anja-Verena Mudring, anja-verena.mudring@mmk.su.se. For general information about the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, please contact the Head of the Department, Professor Gunnar Svensson,gunnar.svensson@mmk.su.se.

Application

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. Please include the following information with your application

and, in addition, please include the following documents

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