PhD Nanophysics

Cardiff University

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,578 / Year (EEA)
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Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Project type: Predefined
Educational Form: Academic

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On a larger scale, organic photovoltaic thin films have exciting potential for low-cost, large area devices on flexible substrates: we are examining the fundamental issues of charge generation and separation at the critical 10 nm length scale. Our experimental studies primarily involve detailed structural and electrical measurements with scanning probe microscopy (SPM), and many aspects are underpinned by computational simulations.

Research projects are available in:

* Experimental studies of electrical conduction through single molecules such as porphyrins, cytochromes and graphene (a giant carbonbased molecule).
* Theoretical molecular chemistry and electrical conduction of single molecules.
* Development of flexible SPM instrumentation.
* High resolution SPM-based electrical measurements of organic photovoltaics aiming to understand processes at the donor-acceptor interfaces.
* Hartree-Fock and density functional theory (DFT) of the structure and dynamics of biomolecules.
* Synchrotron-based diffraction of molecular systems at ESRF Grenoble and Diamond.
* Theory of complex systems, particularly the emergence of self-organisation which may be found at the edge of chaos, and their relation to critical behaviour in condensed matter.

Special Features:
* Research students take specialist academic courses and courses to develop their communication and personal skills.
* There is a full programme of seminars and the individual research groups hold regular meetings where members present new results and discuss their research in detail.
* There is an annual postgraduate conference and a research student poster competition.
* There are active collaborations with research groups overseas and regular attendance at major international conferences by staff and students.


Suitable for graduates with a good honours degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Electronics or a related subject, depending on the research area.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS).

Supporting materials required:

* Research Proposal
* Two academic references and copies of full transcripts

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600

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