Hardwick Group


Informal enquiries are welcome. Please address these to Prof. Hardwick (hardwick@liverpool.ac.uk).


Available PhD Studentships

Shining Light on Electrochemical Reactions

Understanding the properties and mechanistic detail of electrochemical or catalytic reactions at the interface at a molecular level is critical for developing energy systems e.g. batteries; supercapacitors; fuel cells, water-splitting catalysts. Shell-Isolated Nanoparticles for Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SHINERS) is a powerful technique for surface analysis. In principle, any type of electrode substrate can be used since the amplification of the Raman signal comes from the gold core embedded within an ultrathin (ca. 2 nm) silica shell. This allows the detection of intermediates and products on any electrode surface during an electrochemical reaction and highlights a very powerful method at accessing reaction pathways and relating them directly to surface structure.

The PhD project would focus on using SHINERS on electrode substrates to investigate important fundamental reactions such as water splitting, carbon dioxide reaction, and electrochemical reactions involving oxygen. More information available here.


Microstructure Engineering of Hypercrosslinked Polymers for Rechargeable Batteries Beyond Lithium-ion Batteries

Although Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are considered to be one of the most successful electrochemical power sources and have been widely used in many applications, LIBs are being hampered by the limited natural reserves and high cost of lithium as well as the safety issues. The PhD project will involve the function design and microstructure development of hypercrosslinked polymers (HCPs) as the electrode materials and solid-state electrolytes for rechargeable batteries beyond LIBs. 

A key feature of this collaborative programme is the training of PhD student in the application of these experimental techniques and theoretical models. The PhD student will spend 2 years studying at National Tsing Hua University and 2 years at the University of Liverpool under the bilaterally agreed 2+2 scheme between the two institutions.  More information available here.


Available Postdoctoral Fellowships 

Unfortunately, there are currently no postdoctoral fellowships available.


Further Information 

Please also see our centralised job web pages for current opportunities.