Applications for PhD studentships for September/October 2020 starts are now open. For more information on the projects listed below, please contact the named supervisor or click on the link to be taken to a detailed description.

Requirements:

All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st or 2:1 class MChem, or equivalent degree by autumn 2020.  Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype).

Level of Award:

For James Watt Scholarship students, the annual stipend will be £15k and full fees will be paid, for 3 years.  For DTP Scholarship students, the annual stipend will be ca. £15,000 and full fees will be paid, for 3.5 years.  For ICS Scholarship students the annual stipend will be ca. £14,500 and full fees will be paid, for 3 years.

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DTP

DTP2020/01: Metastable Inorganic Materials for Energy Applications

The project will use low-temperature solvothermal routes to discover new metastable inorganic materials using a phase diagram approach and explore potential applications in energy devices, for example in thermoelectric waste heat recovery. It will involve collaborations with microscopists, physicists and experiments at the UK central neutron and synchrotron X-ray facilities.

Supervisor: Dr J-W Bos

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/metastable-inorganic-materials-for-energy-applications/?p11655

DTP2020/02: Understanding Elastomer Behaviour in the Development of Performance Tires

The project will explore the use of elastomer-polymer blends to develop improved performance in car and truck tire performance. The project is a collaboration between HWU and Continental Tires (Germany).

Supervisor: Prof D. Bucknall, david.bucknall@hw.ac.uk

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/understanding-elastomer-behaviour-in-the-development-of-performance-tires/?p117132

DTP2020/03: Stereodynamics of Molecular Collisions

You will study the dynamics of inelastic energy transfer and reactive scattering relevant to atmospheric chemistry, combustion or astrochemistry using state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical methods, to determine the underlying mechanisms and improve our understanding of chemical interactions in these important environments.

Supervisor: Prof M. L. Costen

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/stereodynamics-of-molecular-collisions/?p116540

DTP2020/04: Velocity Map Imaging Study of Atmospherically Relevant Gas Liquid Reactions

You will use state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical methods to study the dynamics of atmospherically relevant reactions that occur at the gas-liquid interface. Investigating the chemical structure of the gas-liquid interface and the reaction mechanisms that occur in this unique environment will improve our understanding of key atmospheric processes.

Supervisor: Dr S. J. Greaves

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/velocity-map-imaging-study-of-atmospherically-relevant-gas-liquid-reactions/?p117134

DTP2020/05: Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of Photosensitizers in Photodynamic Therapy

Femtosecond lasers with pulse durations comparable to the “ultrafast” timescales of molecular motion have become a powerful tool for studying the dynamics of energy redistribution following ultraviolet (UV) absorption in real time. Investigating such processes using pump-probe spectroscopic techniques is critical for understanding photo-protection mechanisms that take place in, for example, DNA and the melanin pigmentation system, and protect the body from the potentially damaging effects of UV light. They are also of great importance in many other classes of molecular system, including photochromic polymers, light harvesting complexes, sunscreens, molecules relevant to atmospheric/interstellar photochemistry and drugs for use in photodynamic therapy (PDT). Of these, it is the subject of PDT (i.e. the highly-targeted, light-initiated release of active agents for the treatment of conditions such as skin cancer) that will form a main theme of this specific project.

Supervisor: Dr S J Greaves and Dr D Townsend

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/ultrafast-transient-absorption-spectroscopy-of-photosensitizers-in-photodynamic-therapy/?p115528

DTP2020/06: Classical Force Fields to Model Solid-State Molecular Organometallic Chemistry

This project is in computational chemistry and will involve the development of new molecular mechanics force fields to model solid-state molecular organometallic chemistry (SMOM-Chem). Applications are in understanding the chemistry of transition metal alkane complexes, their relationship to C-H activation and developing catalytic transformations of alkanes to alkenes and other valuable chemical feedstocks.

Supervisor: Prof. S. A. Macgregor

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/classical-force-fields-to-model-solid-state-molecular-organometallic-chemistry/?p116534

DTP2020/07: Mechanisms and Applications of Collisions at Liquid Surfaces

You will study the dynamics of scattering at the gas-liquid interface. You will improve fundamental understanding of mechanisms of collisions at atmospherically relevant surfaces and explore the exploitation of this insight through new methods to probe the surfaces of technologically interesting materials.

Supervisor: Prof K.G. McKendrick

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/mechanisms-and-applications-of-collisions-at-liquid-surfaces/?p116546

DTP2020/08: Computational Photochemical Dynamics of Light Driven Processes

You will use computational and theoretical chemistry approaches to study excited state dynamics. Important photochemistry such as occurring in photodynamic anti-cancer therapies, and photovoltaic devices will be studied. You will work with a wide range of theoretical and experimental collaborators on cutting edge problems that require a more detailed understanding in order to make progress. Powerful theoretical and computational approaches will yield extraordinary detail on the underlying processes at the level of both electrons (via multireference quantum chemistry), and nuclei (via multi-state quantum dynamics).

Supervisor: Prof. M. J. Paterson

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/computational-photochemical-dynamics-of-light-driven-processes/?p116554

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ICS

ICS2020/01: FluoroAromatic-Thiol Tags (FLA-SH Tags) as Probes to Understand Protein Folding, Interactions and Dynamics

This project will explore the design, synthesis and optimisation of a new class of biocompatible cysteine-selective fluorinated probes to study protein conformation, dynamics, interactions, (mis-/un) folding and aggregation in real-time at the single molecule level using 19F NMR. This research will help to improve our understanding of why proteins fold and why this can go wrong in disease.

Supervisor: Dr C Coxon

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/fluoroaromatic-thiol-tags-fla-sh-tags-as-probes-to-understand-protein-folding-interactions-and-dynamics/?p116541

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JWS

JWS2020/01: To be advised

Details awaited.

Supervisor: To be advised

URL: vacancy awaited

JWS2020/02: To be advised

Details awaited.

Supervisor: To be advised

URL: vacancy awaited

JWS2020/03: To be advised

Details awaited.

Supervisor: To be advised

URL: vacancy awaited

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ICASE (Industrial CASE Studentships)

Applications for 2 industrial CASE PhD studentships for October 2020 starts are now open. For more information on the projects listed below, please contact Dr Ai-Lan Lee or click on the link to be taken to a detailed description.

Requirements:

All applicants must have or expect to hace a 1st or 2:1 class MChem, or equivalent degree by autumn 2020.  There are also residence requirements, which can be found here: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility/ 

Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype).  A 1st October 2020 start date is preferred, or soon thereafter.

LEVEL OF AWARD:

The EPSRC Industrial CASE studentship includes a stipend (ca. £15k per annum, untaxed) and all tuition fees for four years.

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ICASE

ICASE2020/01: Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Decarboxylative C-H Functionalisation of Heterocycles

This four-year Industrial CASE studentship on synthetic organic chemistry will be supervised by Dr Ai-Lan Lee in collaboration with AstraZeneca.

Supervisor: Dr Ai-Lan Lee

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/4-year-industrial-case-phd-studentship-in-synthetic-organic-chemistry-decarboxylative-c-h-functionalisation-of-heterocycles/?p116450

ICASE2020/02: Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Metal-, Catalyst-, Light- and Electrolysis-Free Decarboxylative Radical Reactions - Towards a More Sustainable Future

This four-year Industrial CASE studentship on synthetic organic chemistry will be supervised by Dr Ai-Lan Lee in collaboration with GSK.

Supervisor: Dr Ai-Lan Lee

URL: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/4-year-industrial-case-phd-studentship-in-synthetic-organic-chemistry-metal-catalyst-light-and-electrolysis-free-decarboxylative-radical-reactions-towards-a-more-sustainable-future/?p116511

How to apply:

When applying for Studentships, please read over our advice on: How to Apply.

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