Royal Society PhD Scholarship at Swansea

The Royal Society PhD Scholarship at Swansea is a 4-year PhD position financed by the Royal Society is available in the labs of Dr Emrys Evans (RED Group) and Dr Matthew Davies (SPECIFIC).

Technology advances are drivers for studying new, fundamental behaviour of materials: from more energy-efficient generation, lighting and displays for sustainable human activity, to next-generation platforms for the most secure communication and sensitive sensors from quantum behaviour. Our understanding of materials chemistry and physics are central to these advances. This PhD position is an exciting opportunity to work at the forefront of these developments, as part of two dynamic research groups in a creative and supportive environment.

In this project, the photophysics and spin properties of molecular radical materials will be investigated for designs for optoelectronics and quantum information technologies. Unlike most organic materials, the radicals’ unpaired electron has a property called spin that gives rise to magnetism and ‘doublet’ energy manifolds, as demonstrated and applied in our previous work [1-3]. The PhD will reveal new physical mechanisms from advanced optical and magnetic spectroscopy studies that unlock the targeted applications in lighting, sensors and communications [4].

The position will be based on the Bay Campus of Swansea University, a £450 million development project aimed at providing the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding beach-side location.

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Eligibility Requirements for the Royal Society PhD Scholarship

Candidates for the Royal Society PhD Scholarship must have a First or Upper Second Class (2:1) Honours degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or relevant areas (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University).

English Language Requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations.


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,609.

Funding provider: Royal Society

Subject areas: Optoelectronics, Quantum Information Science, Molecular Materials, Photophysics, Spin

Project start date:

  • 1 October 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

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  • Dr Emrys Evans (Department of Chemistry, Swansea University)
  • Dr Matthew Davies (Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Swansea University)

Aligned programme of study: PhD in  Chemistry

Mode of study: Full-time

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You can apply here for the Royal Society PhD Scholarship.

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