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MSc by research: The Design and Synthesis of Paddlewheel-Porphyrin Conjugates for Solar Harvesting Applications

University of York Department of Chemistry

Full time See Course MSc 1 year research plus 3 months writing

About the course

This project will be supervised by Dr Luke A. Wilkinson and Dr Jason M. Lynam.


Arguably the single greatest challenge facing humanity is the fight against climate change. To overcome this challenge, we need to avoid burning fossil fuels and move to sustainable, ideally renewable forms of energy. The sun provides an inexhaustible 3x1024 Joules of energy per year, 10,000 times the current global energy usage, so harnessing this energy in a useable form is of utmost importance! Current commercial photovoltaics based on silicon are both expensive and energy intensive to fabricate, whereas dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs) are cheaper, more flexible and can be tuned to absorb a greater range of wavelengths for improved efficiency. In order to maximise the efficiency of DSSCs, a

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class degree or overseas equivalent in chemistry. Please check the entry requirements for your country: View Website

Sometimes, individual circumstances such as previous experience and relevant work experience can be taken into account and applications are welcomed from interested applicants.

Students whose first language is not English will also need to meet the English Language requirements of both the University and the UKVI: View Website


To start by 1 July 2021, full time tuition fees are:
UK/EU: £4,407
International (non-EU): £21,700

To start from 1 August 2021, full time tuition fees are:
UK: £4,473 (to be confirmed)
International (including EU): £22,250

Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

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