PhD Studentships

Current PhD vacancies are listed below. See the postgraduate pages for more information on our PhD programmes.

Current Available Studentships

Computational Chemistry Studentships

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Modelling the structures, stabilities, properties and chemistry of nitrocellulose

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A 3-year PhD studentship is available in the UCL Chemistry Department to work with Professor Nora de Leeuw and project partners AWE on a computer simulation project to gain atomic-level insight into the physico-chemical properties of the complex energetic polymer nitrocellulose. The project will focus in particular on the chemical reactions involved in the initial polymerisation of the monomeric structure, the (partial) nitration of the cellulose, and the degradation processes. The project will require the application of both electronic structure techniques and classical molecular dynamics simulations to model the reaction pathways and mechanisms as well as the 3-dimensional material.

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Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Studentships

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Exploration of super resolution microscopy for catalyst characterisation

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The latter part of 2014 saw the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry to Betzig, Hell and Moerner for the development of super-resolution light microscopy. However, as with nearly all microscopy techniques the main focus to date has been the study of biological samples and has therefore rarely been employed to image inorganic materials despite the obvious potential benefits which may enable a better understanding of material’s chemico-physical properties. In this project we will explore the potential of super-resolution light microscopy to allow us to evaluate or ‘chemically image’ catalytic materials under dynamic conditions to obtain insight into structure-activity relationships at ‘high’ resolution (at the nm – µm scale). Central to the success of this project is the close proximity of the collaborating partners, including UCL@UK Catalysis Hub, Johnson Matthey Plc@UK Catalysis Hub and the STFC Central Laser Facility all of which are based at the Research Complex@Harwell on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus where the project will be based. 

Modelling the structures, stabilities, properties and chemistry of nitrocellulose

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A 3-year PhD studentship is available in the UCL Chemistry Department to work with Professor Nora de Leeuw and project partners AWE on a computer simulation project to gain atomic-level insight into the physico-chemical properties of the complex energetic polymer nitrocellulose. The project will focus in particular on the chemical reactions involved in the initial polymerisation of the monomeric structure, the (partial) nitration of the cellulose, and the degradation processes. The project will require the application of both electronic structure techniques and classical molecular dynamics simulations to model the reaction pathways and mechanisms as well as the 3-dimensional material.

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Biological and Organic Chemistry Studentships

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Novel Chemical Tools for Targeting Cancer Pathways

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This project is directed towards the development of novel chemical tools to control the bioactivity of small molecules within cancer cells. These compounds will assist both in deciphering the biological pathways that lead to cancer as well as allowing the targeted treatment of diseased tissues. The primary focus of this research programme will be to manipulate DNA methylation patterns, as it is known that aberrant methylation leads to cancer, but modulation of DNA methylation using small molecules is currently not possible. Successful preparation of molecules capable of manipulating DNA methylation would be extremely valuable biological tools and have enormous potential as therapeutic agents. The project will encompass the chemical synthesis of the research reagents and their characterization using classical spectroscopic techniques as well as biochemical, epigenetic and cell biological assays. The PhD candidate will receive training within the internationally recognized research groups within UCL Chemistry and via the wider UCL PhD training programme.

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4-year PhD studentship: Pd-Catalysed Synthesis of Functionalised Chiral Saturated Heterocycles Dr Tom Sheppard

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3-year PhD studentship: Investigating the pre-biotic origin of proteins Dr Tom Sheppard
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Physical Chemistry Studentships

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Exploration of super resolution microscopy for catalyst characterisation

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The latter part of 2014 saw the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry to Betzig, Hell and Moerner for the development of super-resolution light microscopy. However, as with nearly all microscopy techniques the main focus to date has been the study of biological samples and has therefore rarely been employed to image inorganic materials despite the obvious potential benefits which may enable a better understanding of material’s chemico-physical properties. In this project we will explore the potential of super-resolution light microscopy to allow us to evaluate or ‘chemically image’ catalytic materials under dynamic conditions to obtain insight into structure-activity relationships at ‘high’ resolution (at the nm – µm scale). Central to the success of this project is the close proximity of the collaborating partners, including UCL@UK Catalysis Hub, Johnson Matthey Plc@UK Catalysis Hub and the STFC Central Laser Facility all of which are based at the Research Complex@Harwell on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus where the project will be based. 

Reactions of H, O, N atoms with molecules on astrochemically relevant surfaces

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PhD Studentship in Laboratory Astrochemistry at UCL

A fully-funded STFC PhD studentship in Laboratory Astrochemistry is available at UCL in the group of Professor Stephen Price. The proposal was funded as part of a successful consortium proposal in Laboratory Astrochemistry with the University of Sussex (Professor Wendy Brown) and Heriot-Watt University (Professor Martin McCoustra).

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