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Date: Tue Aug 2 06:59:22 2016
Subject: 16.08.01 PhD position in surface catalysis and carbon nanostructure growth, Newcastle Australia
Job Description:

A PhD scholarship is available in the Page Research Group within the Newcastle Institute 
for Energy and Resources (NIER), at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

The scholarship is worth $25,392 per annum for 3 years. Students will also receive a laptop 
computer and $1,750 per annum for research expenses. The position is available immediately.


This project will study surface catalytic pathways and carbon nanotube/graphene growth
mechanisms using quantum chemical simulations. A carbon nanotube is a sheet of carbon 
atoms in a chicken wire pattern, rolled up into a cylinder. Although they are only ~1 nanometer 
in diameter, they can be several millimeters in length, are ~100 times stronger than Kevlar, 
and can transport ~1000 times as much electricity as copper wires. They can also be both 
electrically conducting and semiconducting, depending on how the  carbon atoms in their 
structure are arranged. Development of future carbon nanotube-based technologies is 
currently prevented by our inability to synthesise particular carbon nanotubes selectively. 
This project will study surface catalytic pathways and carbon nanostructure growth
mechanisms using quantum chemical simulations, and aims to assist in developing methods
for controlling the synthesis of carbon nanotube and graphene growth.
For Applicants:

The successful candidate will have an demonstrated background in computational materials 
chemistry and density functional theory, and a demonstrated track record of high quality 
modelling research. Proficient skills in technical English (written and oral) and computational 
chemistry software (VASP, SIESTA, DFTB+, Linux) are also required. A Bachelor Degree with a major 
in chemistry, physics or chemical  engineering is essential, and a Masters degree 
(by research) is desirable.  


Applicants should send their application by email to*_* 

Applications must consist of a signed cover letter with the following attachments as a 
single PDF: Curriculum Vitae, including details of academic appointments or research 
experience (if applicable); undergraduate academic transcript; academic publications 
(if applicable); contact details of 2 academic referees. At least one referee should be
from your undergraduate institution.

Dr Alister Page (*_*

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