Ionic Molecular Hybrid Liquids

Summary

An opportunity is available for a PhD scholar to undertake research studies into the structure and properties of nano structured ionic-molecular hybrid liquids. The aim of the research is to understand the molecular design rules by which to control the mesoscale structure strongly interacting liquids and concentrated, non-ideal electrolytes.

A complimentary scholarship for this project may be available through a competitive process. To find out more, refer to the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Excellence Award and contact Professor Gregory Warr directly.

Supervisor(s)

Professor Gregory Warr

Research Location

School of Chemistry

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

In this project you will investigate the structure and dynamics of hybrid liquid mixtures designed to mimic and improve upon the desirable physical properties of ionic liquids - low vapour pressure, solubility for a wide range of solute/reagent mixtures, and wide liquid stability range - while improving their environmental friendliness, lowering cost, and improving process performance, especially for large scale applications. 

You will utilise a range of neutron and X-ray techniques to probe these liquids on a wide range of length- and time-scales, and use that understanding to improve their design for use as platforms for a variety of complex fluids.

Additional Information

A complimentary scholarship for this project may be available through a competitive process. To find out more, refer to the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Excellence Award and contact Professor Gregory Warr directly.

This project is part of a collaborative project with researchers at the Universities of WA, Oxford, and Bath, and is funded by the Australian Research Council.  
HDR Inherent Requirements
In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree.
Examples of inherent requirements may include:

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;

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Keywords

ionic, liquids, deep eutectics, neutron scattering, molecular design, scholarship, International

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2758

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