PhD Studentship: Atmospheric Chemistry of Peroxy Radicals

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A fully-funded 3½ year PhD studentship (starting in September 2022) is available in the Atmospheric Chemistry research group ( at the University of Nottingham. The group is based in the School of Chemistry, University Park, Nottingham.

Research in the Atmospheric Chemistry group looks broadly into photochemistry of molecules/radicals in the atmosphere. The 21st century will see one of the largest changes in the chemical makeup of the atmosphere as the countries around the world implement policies to meet the target of net zero emissions. The research in the group aims to understand the new chemistry, particularly autoxidation of peroxy radicals, that are predicted to become dominant in these new environments. 

The successful candidate will setup a new laser photolysis apparatus based on cavity ring-down spectroscopy to directly study peroxy radical reactions. Various routes will be explored to generate peroxy radicals in the apparatus, including synthesis of new precursors, in collaboration with organic chemistry colleagues in the School of Chemistry. Results obtained from these studies such as rate coefficients, quantum yields, and absorption cross sections will be used in the computer models of the atmosphere in collaboration with modelling partners at Bristol and Cambridge.   

The proposed research will provide advanced training in a range of areas of analytical and physical chemistry including laser instrumentation, spectral analysis and kinetic simulations. The student will develop additional skills through participation in group meetings, as well as attending seminars that are regularly held in the School of Chemistry. 

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who are expecting to obtain, a first Class or 2:1 chemistry degree. (A MChem/MSci-4-year integrated Masters, a BSc + MSc or a BSc with substantial research experience will be highly advantageous) Experience in laser instrumentation and programming languages such as LabView will also be beneficial. 

To apply, students should initially contact Dr Rabi Chhantyal Pun (, after which a formal application can be made via the University web site at:

Funding Notes: Fully funded 3½ year PhD studentship available to UK Home students. Tuition fees paid and full stipend, tax-free, for 42 months at the RCUK rate (currently £15,609 per annum).

Deadline: Review of applications will start on Monday 15th June, 2022, and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable person has been found; hence you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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