PhD position in Computational Chemistry, Surrey University


Chemistry Department

PhD position in Computational Chemistry:

Nanocarbon: defect architectures and properties

Elemental carbon is the basis of materials of exceptional performance, such as diamond and carbon fibres, but in the last three decades radically new structures have been discovered: fullerenes, nanotubes and graphene.  It turns out that a wealth of new architectures is possible through chemical and physical modification of graphite, including radiation damage. This project uses density functional theory techniques to examine the evolution and properties of such architectures. The work will form part of the largest EU COST network NanoTP and involve collaboration with Dr C. Ewels at the Institute of Materials, Nantes, France.

The studentship is funded for three years and is available to EU (including UK) candidates. Applications are invited from graduates holding a first or upper second class first degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or closely-related subject – preference will be given to graduates of four year programmes and those with experience in DFT calculation, particularly with AIMPRO. Please apply via the University of Surrey on-line system at

The position is available immediately.

For further information, please contact: Prof. Malcolm I Heggie (


5 February 2013