Funding provider: Royal Society
Subject areas: Optoelectronics, Quantum Information Science, Molecular Materials, Photophysics, Spin
Project start date:
- 1 October 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-September)
- Dr Emrys Evans (Department of Chemistry, Swansea University)
- Dr Matthew Davies (Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Swansea University)
Aligned programme of study: PhD in Chemistry
Mode of study: Full-time
A 4-year PhD position funded by the Royal Society is available in the labs of Dr Emrys Evans (RED Group) and Dr Matthew Davies (SPECIFIC).
Technology advances are drivers for studying new, fundamental behaviour of materials: from more energy-efficient generation, lighting and displays for sustainable human activity, to next-generation platforms for the most secure communication and sensitive sensors from quantum behaviour. Our understanding of materials chemistry and physics are central to these advances. This PhD position is an exciting opportunity to work at the forefront of these developments, as part of two dynamic research groups in a creative and supportive environment.
In this project the photophysics and spin properties of molecular radical materials will be investigated towards designs for optoelectronics and quantum information technologies. Unlike most organic materials, the radicals’ unpaired electron has a property called spin that gives rise to magnetism and ‘doublet’ energy manifolds, as demonstrated and applied in our previous work [1-3]. The PhD will reveal new physical mechanisms from advanced optical and magnetic spectroscopy studies that unlock the targeted applications in lighting, sensors and communications .
The position will be based on the Bay Campus of Swansea University, a £450 million development project aimed at providing the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding beach-side location.
1. Ai et al., Nature, 2018
2. Guo et al., Nature Materials, 2019
3. Abdurahman et al., Nature Materials, 2020
4. Drummond et al., Nature Communications, 2021