Twisted Aromatic Molecules for Energy Applications PhD

Entry requirements
2:1 +
3 years
5 years
Start date
1 July 2019, 1 October 2020, 1 January 2020, 1 April 2020
Application deadline
1 February 2020
Reference number
UK / EU fee
International fee


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our , including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

This interdisciplinary project will involve the synthesis of twisted polyaromatic hydrocarbons with functionality suitable for organic solar cells and energy storage applications.

The applicant will synthesise advanced new molecular materials and study their optoelectronic properties with a range of tools including electrochemistry, spectroscopy and computational methods.

The project will require skills primarily in synthetic chemistry and new materials will be studied using advanced electrochemical, spectroscopic and computational tools. The candidate will be provided with full training in all new techniques.



Primary supervisor: Dr Iain A. Wright


Find out more

For further project details email Dr Iain A.Wright or register your interest and ask us a question.

Why you should choose us

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve:

  • at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Natural Sciences
  • should have an interest or skills in organic synthetic chemistry
  • a relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Chemistry, physics or natural sciences

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum

International fee

Full-time degree per annum

Starting your studies in the 2018/19 academic year?

If your start date is October 2018, January 2019, or April 2019 your tuition fees for this academic year will be at the 2018/19 rates.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Chemistry. Please quote reference number: CM/BB-Un2/2018

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