University of Bath

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (CAS)

Find out details about PhD funding opportunities offered by the Centre for Aerosol Science.

About the Centre for Doctoral Training

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (CAS) offers multidisciplinary doctoral training bringing together leading academic teams across a range of schools and faculties at seven UK universities with industrial and public-sector partners in areas of healthcare, material science, energy and transport, environment, consumer products and agrochemicals.

An aerosol consists of solid particles or liquid droplets dispersed in a gas phase, with sizes spanning from clusters of molecules (nanometres) to rain droplets (millimetres). Not only will studying at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (CAS) for a PhD give you an opportunity to undertake leading research in aerosols, it will equip you with a unique mix of skills and experiences for your future career, including:

  • Comprehensive training in the core physical science of aerosols during the first 7 months of your PhD, hosted at the University of Bristol.
  • Engagement with a complementary area of aerosol science to your main PhD project during a thematic research broadening sabbatical.
  • Mentoring from an industrial supervisor with an opportunity to work with the industrial partner during a placement in year 2 or 3.
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams, ensuring you have the agility to work at the interfaces of the traditional disciplines.
  • Opportunities to build a network for the future with a community across 7 universities and 50 industry and public sector partners.


Fully funded four-year studentships for available for UK and EU applicants. EU applicants may be eligible for a fees-only award. For more information, contact

A full studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance at the UKRI doctoral stipend rate (£15,009 per annum, 2019/20 rate) and an allowance for research and training costs.

How to Apply

Identify a Project

Projects are available at all seven partner institutions, the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Imperial, Leeds and Manchester.

Projects available at Bath are:

Aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) of inorganic and hybrid materials

Dr. Andrew Johnson and Dr. Adam Squires (Bath). This project will use aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AA-CVD) to develop inorganic and hybrid semiconducting materials e.g. SnS, Sb2S3 and FeS2 by the in-situ decomposition of soluble molecular precursors. The project offers a combination of chemical synthesis and aerosol/materials characterisation.

Aerosols in a humid atmosphere

Dr. Adam Squires and Prof. Rob Price (Bath). You will study structural changes within aerosol particles as they dry or take up humidity from the air using model systems representing different atmospheric and industrial processes, and pharmaceutical molecules for inhalers. You will develop new instrumentation, to give you new data, which you will use to develop theoretical models. Find out more.

Application Guidance

We recommend that you first discuss your interest in applying to CAS with the project lead supervisor.

To apply, you should send the following to the CAS administrator at by the application deadline:


The first closing date for applications is 15 March 2019.

Interviews will be held in Bristol in the week commencing 1 April 2019.

Applications are welcome after 15 March for later interviews, subject to funding availability.