PhD in Thermoelectric Metal-Organic Frameworks

Thermoelectric materials can ‘upcycle’ waste heat into power and so convert otherwise wasted energy into a useful form. Porous framework materials, such as the crystalline metal-organic frameworks, have recently been highlighted as desirable candidates for such thermoelectric applications.

The project will entail the synthesis of small organic molecules and their incorporation into metal-organic frameworks in order to construct 2D layered materials displaying superior thermoelectric behaviour, which will be also tested as part of the project. The project will also involve nanotechnology aspects, including but not restricted to the processing of the above metal-organic frameworks as thin films.

Application deadline: 30th June 2021



PhD in Discovery of halide perovskite thermoelectric materials 

In recent years a number of databases of computed or experimental properties of known materials have been developed. When new technologies emerge, this invites the possibility of mining data from these databases to predict the most suitable materials to realise the technology. It may even be possible to use the database of known materials to predict new ones or to propose modified compositions that improve performance. This project will focus on the development of new thermoelectric materials that can be used to convert waste heat into electricity. One particular class of these materials that has recently emerged out of research at QMUL is the halide perovskites. However, this is a vast class of materials, and experimental research could be accelerated if data mining and machine learning could be used to predict material compositions that would yield the highest performance. 

Keywords: Materials discovery; machine learning; thermoelectric; perovskite

Supervisor:Dr Oliver Fenwick

Application deadline 10th May https://www.qmul.ac.uk/dce/applications/

Post-doc position in Organic Thermoelectrics (closing date 7/1/2021)

In collaboration with European Thermodynamics Ltd, applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work under the supervision of Dr Emiliano Bilotti. The post-holder will be responsible for the main research activities of the InnovateUK-funded KiriTEG project. The overall aim is to develop self-powered wireless sensors and systems based on flexible and miniaturised organic thermoelectric generators (o-TEGs) for wireless sensor applications, at a cost compatible with mass-market consumption.


PhD opportunity for Chinese student (closing date 15/1/2021)

A PhD opportunity is available for a Chinese student on the topic Printed thermoelectric generators: Electricity from waste heat. The student will be expected to apply to the CSC for funding with Dr Fenwick as supervisor. QMUL will provide a tuition fee waiver to a successful applicant. Contact Dr Fenwick for more details (o.fenwick@qmul.ac.uk) 


PhD opportunity for Mexican student (closing date 15/1/2021)

A PhD opportunity is available for a Mexican student on one of the following topics: (1) Halide perovskite thermoelectrics; (2) Composite thermoelectric materials for energy generation; (3) High performance polymer thermoelectrics by morphological control. The student will be expected to apply to CONACyT for funding with Dr Fenwick as supervisor. 

PhD opportunity for UK home student

We are offering a PhD on Thermoelectric Metal-Organic Frameworks: Design, Synthesis and Assessment.

Application Deadline: 31-05-2020


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PhD Opportunity for Mexican student (2020 start)

We are offering a PhD project on Composite thermoelectric materials for flexible devices. The applicant will need to apply for CONACyT funding with Dr Oliver Fenwick, but a fee waiver has been agreed by the department.

More information can be obtained by contacting Oliver Fenwick (o.fenwick@qmul.ac.uk)

PhD Opportunity for Chinese student (2020 start)

We are offering a PhD project on Printed Thermoelectric Generators. The applicant will need to apply for Chinese Scholarship Council funding with Dr Oliver Fenwick, but a fee waiver has been agreed by the department.

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PhD studentship (2020 start)

One promising new class of thermoelectric materials are the halide perovskites. These materials have been studied extensively for photovoltaics, and it is known that they have low thermal conductivity and high charge mobility – both of which are important for thermoelectrics. This project will focus on development of halide perovskite materials for thermoelectric applications. There will be a particular emphasis on (i) controlled electrical doping, and (ii) structural optimisation by bottom-up nanostructuring.

The project would suit someone with a physical science background (physics, materials science, physical chemistry).

Application Deadline: 22-11-2019

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Post-doctoral position in Graphene Electrodes for Organic LEDs

Vacancy for a Postdoc in the structural and electrical characterisation of next-generation graphene and in the growth of organic LEDs on graphene. The project will explore the potential of our graphene as an ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) replacement in devices, in collaboration with the UK company Paragraf through an Innovate UK project.

Applicants should hold a PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry or have equivalent experience. Experience in Electron Microscopy, Raman, Graphene and OLED Growth would be an advantage.

The post is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 12 months and is available in July 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be £33,615 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Deadline 6th July 2019

More details at: https://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/jobs/#2


PhD opportunities for Mexican students (2019 start)

QMUL is pleased to announce it will be supporting a generous number of CONACyT PhD studentships for Mexican students wishing to commence studies from academic year 2019/20. Studentship applicants must be eligible to apply to the CONACyT scholarship scheme. There are multiple CONACyT calls each spring and summer and they vary by state. Please check the CONACyT webpages regularly for updates: http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/ .

Under the scheme, CONACyT will contribute 300,000MX Pesos towards scholars tuition fees each year and the School will waive the remaining fee.  CONACyT pay scholars a stipend towards living costs of £880 (or £1,073 for married scholars) per month. This may be supplemented by funding from Fiderh or Funed as typically students will need £1300/month to live in London.

Our laboratory has three projects approved for Mexcian students who wish to apply for PhD funding through the CONACyT scheme. If you are interested in these, please contact Dr Oliver Fenwick (o.fenwick@qmul.ac.uk)

The projects are:


Newton International Fellowship (Post-doc)

a prestigious two year research fellowship, is now open to applications from early-career researchers to conduct research in the UK. Applicants must have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application and must not be a UK citizen or be working in the UK at the point of application.

Check the full details at: Newton International Fellowships and contact one of our supervisors to discuss hosting a project.

Deadline to register interest: 28th February.

PhD Studentship (2019 start)

There is a PhD position open in the group of Dr Schroeder (UCL) at the interface of organic chemistry and physical chemistry. The project is entitled “Guided self-assembly of organic semiconductors for printable electronics” and more information can be found here:

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PhD Studentship (2019 start)

We are looking for a strong candidate for a fully-funded PhD studentship on the topic of Halide perovskite thermoelectric materials. Interested applicants should contact Dr Oliver Fenwick (o.fenwick@qmul.ac.uk) well before the application deadline (31/1/2019)

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Postdoctoral fellowships

We are currently looking for postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a 2-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in our laboratory. If you are interested, please contact one of our group leaders directly. (Call deadline 09/2019 – contact us with expressions of interest by 07/2019)


Post-doctoral position

We are advertising a position for a post-doctoral research assistant for a 3 year project on the characterisation of tailored graphene. Closing date 2/5/2018.

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PhD studentship: Printed thermoelectric generators on paper

Supervisor: Oliver FENWICK

Application Deadline: 31-01-2018

Thermoelectric materials generate a voltage when placed in a temperature gradient through the Seebeck effect, and this voltage can be harnessed in thermoelectric generators (TEGs) to produce electrical power from waste heat. These materials therefore have enormous potential for meeting part of our energy needs and for enabling self-powered sensors.

Yet manufacture of thermoelectric generators is expensive, and the materials used are brittle and scarce. This project will exploit a new generation of thermoelectric materials based on organic semiconductors. These thermoelectric materials are mechanically flexible and can be processed from inks that are compatible with printing technologies. This project will harness the unique properties of these materials to develop an all-printed thermoelectric generator on paper by a cheap and scalable process.

The successful applicant will learn to print semiconductor devices and characterise them electrically. They will also be trained in microscopy (AFM, SEM etc.), photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and UPS) and techniques for measuring thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient.

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Dr Fenwick, o.fenwick@qmul.ac.uk

Application Method: Follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage: https://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/research/studentships/286/printed-thermoelectric-generators-on-paper