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					Cardiff School of Engineering
Engineering Infrastructure: Challenges for 2020

Reference                   PS1-AP-2012

Supervisors                 Prof A Porch, Prof D A Barrow

Programme of Study          PhD in Engineering

                            NEW HYDROGEN STORAGE MATERIALS - INVESTIGATIONS THROUGH STRUCTURAL AND
Project title
                            ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISATION
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Start date                  1 October 2012

Duration                    3 years

Source of funding           Cardiff University and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


                             Material scientists have used neutron diffraction for many years as a means of obtaining
                            fine structural characterisation of materials. At Cardiff, we have developed a number of
                            techniques for measuring the electronic properties of materials (using microwave
                            resonators), without having to make direct contact to the material.
Project summary
                            This project is a unique opportunity to fold these two techniques into the same
                            experimental rig. It hasn’t been done before, so it will provide world-first information on a
                            range of new material systems, with focus on new generation hydrogen storage materials.


Number of awards            1

                            The award will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU fee rate and will provide a stipend at the
                            UK Research Council rate (£13,590 in 2011/12) plus an enhancement of £1,000 per annum.
Amount of funding
                            Please note that overseas candidates will be required to fund the balance of fees at the
                            overseas fee rate themselves.

Eligibility                 The studentship is open to Home, EU or overseas candidates.

                            Candidates should have a first-class honours degree, or a 2.1 plus a postgraduate Masters
                            degree (or their equivalents) in a relevant subject. Applicants whose first language is not
Academic criteria
                            English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or
                            equivalent)
Contact for further
                            Prof Adrian Porch, PorchA@cf.ac.uk
information
                            Applications can be made online at www.cardiff.ac.uk.

How to apply                PLEASE ENSURE YOU QUOTE THE STUDENTSHIP REFERENCE ABOVE ON YOUR
                            APPLICATION. (For online applications, please put reference in the “Prospective
                            Supervisor” section).
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Deadline for applications   12 April 2012

				
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