University of Exeter funding: Material characterization for Polym

Material characterization for Polymer Display Liquid Crystal for Building Energy Efficiency application, Renewable Energy, University of Exeter – PhD (Funded) Ref: 3558

About the award


Professor Tapas Mallick, University of Exeter

Dr. Senthilarasu Sundaram, University of Exeter

Project Description:

The project is a part of recently funded EPSRC project entitled Advanced Building Façade Design for Optimal Delivery of End Use Energy Demand. This college funded studentship aims to develop, synthesise and characterise inorganic materials for the application into solar powered smart glazing systems. The development of smart glazing plays a significant contribution to reduce the energy consumption of the buildings. Inhouse develop integration strategies will be undertaken for device level system integration and synthesis of the molecules to enhance their transmission through wide range of solar spectrum. Inorganic materials will be tuned through various processes to optimise solar spectrum for reducing their absorption, colour rendering and increase visual impacts. Manipulation of morphological structure and its effect to the overall efficiency of the devices will be characterised through A+A+A+ solar simulators in the University. In addition, the materials will be characterised through SEM, TEM, XRD for optimising its properties.

For all students the award will cover the International/UK/EU tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend as per Research Council rate in 2019/2020. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in January 2020.

Location: Environment & Sustainability Institute, Renewable Energy, Cornwall Campus

Entry requirements

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or Masters or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in Inorganic Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical or Physical Sciences or appropriate background from Engineering.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project.  Alternative tests may be acceptable (see

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents. 

  • CV
  • Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
  • Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to quoting the studentship reference number.
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 31st October 2019.  Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus on the Friday, 15th November 2019.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or +44 (0)1392 725150.  Project-specific queries should be directed to Prof. Tapas Mallick:


Application deadline:31st October 2019
Duration of award:per year
Contact: STEMM PGR Admissions