ca. £1400 each year for 3 years from the start of my PhD
I am studying a PhD in physical chemistry. In brief, our research group investigates new energy materials for solar applications. My project has focussed on dye-sensitised solar cells, which are molecular solar cells with a diverse range of applications. I have mainly been using time-resolved spectroscopy techniques and device fabrication.
I am currently writing my PhD thesis, which involves collating the results I have gathered in the last three years and producing a ca. 40000 word document which details my contribution to the field.
4 years masters degree, 3 years PhD (and counting) Edit this response
Masters degree in Chemistry, first class
After studying Chemistry at A level, I decided I wanted to pursue chemistry at University level so I applied through Ucas.
The skills I have developed during my PhD - eg. presentation, time-management, independent working, writing publications
Being able to manage my own time. I plan the activities for my day, and usually every day is different.
Currently, my PhD funding has finished but I am still working to write my thesis.
Determination, ambition, focus
Be prepared to work hard. You won't usually be told exactly which experiments to do so be prepared to think for yourself.
For an outreach project, I stuck toothbrush heads onto small solar cells with a motor attached to them so that they would vibrate across a table when light was shone on them.