Study with ICAM

PhD opportunities are available a on a wide-range of projects, all with real-world applications.

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Current Vacancies

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship to work with Professor Stuart Clarke on a project that is funded by BP plc as part of an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme.
The project involves the development of novel experimental methods to determine the structure and composition of organic monolayers adsorbed on solid surfaces from liquids under a number of external fields such as shear, pressure and temperature. This will involve state-of-the-art laboratory-based methods as well as the development of facilities for the UK's premier neutron scattering facility (ISIS). The studentship would suit a physical chemist/chemical engineer/material scientist with interests in surface science and lubrication/corrosion.
Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemistry, materials science, or other relevant discipline. The studentship provides a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Owing to restrictions imposed by the sponsor, non-EU citizens cannot be considered.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees, and should be sent by email to Professor Stuart Clarke (, to whom any informal enquiries can be addressed.
If you wish to be considered for any other available studentships in the Chemistry Department, you must also apply online via the University Applicant Portal and complete the Chemistry Department Application form (further information at Please note the earlier deadline and that there is an application fee.
Information about all research in the Department of Chemistry is given at:
Please quote reference MA13839 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

PhD Studentship: Multiscale Modelling of Corrosion Scales (Imperial College London)

We are all familiar with corrosion and its significant economic and environmental consequences. The current cost to industry is estimated to be over $2 trillion per annum. Current theories of corrosion are in large part based on the phenomenology of average behaviour and predict more of less successfully average corrosion rates for widely used metallurgies. This is often insufficient to allow us to generate new strategies for detecting, controlling and ultimately preventing corrosion especially in extreme environments. Recent advances in multi-scale modelling and in the in situ measurement of atomic scale processes in corrosion layers suggests that it may well be possible to generate a new predictive model of corrosion scale formation that addresses behaviour at macroscopic length and time scales but is rigorously based on a new understanding of atomic scale processes.

Applications are invited for a fully funded 4-year studentship in the combined quantum, atomistic and continuum modelling of the nucleation, growth and degradation of corrosion scales in the Computational Materials Science Group at Imperial College London.

The project involves the development of a continuum model to describe ionic and charge transport within realistic models of granular films. The model will be used to analyse the growth and degradation of, for example, oxide, sulphide and carbonate scales that form on steel surfaces in various environments. The reaction kinetics, diffusion and charge transport processes underpinning the model will be obtained from large scale quantum mechanical calculations.

This work will be conducted as part of a wider collaboration involving the Universities of Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cambridge within which state of the art in situ measurements of microscopy and spectroscopy will be used to elucidate the composition and structure of growing scales. The long term aim is to develop strategies for the prevention, mitigation and detection of corrosion.

Applicants should submit a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of two referees by e-mail to Professor Nicholas Harrison (

Centres for Doctoral Training

ICAM also has involvement with a number of Centres for Doctoral Training. Students taking part in these programmes undertake a taught year before progressing to an industry-set PhD research project.

More information on these courses can be found below: