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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

Polymer synthesis, modelling and electrochemistry for the understanding of electrostatic charging of insulating materials

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Dr Katherine B Holt, Dr Hugo Bronstein and Dr Dewi W Lewis

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship based in the Department of Chemistry, University College London. This multidisciplinary project is focussed on understanding radical formation on polymer surfaces and relating this chemistry to the well-known phenomenon of electrostatic charging that takes place when two materials are rubbed together. 

Integrating organic Crystal Structure Prediction with Cambridge Structural Database informatics

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A 4 year Eng Doc studentship in Engineering Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation, UCL, www.m3s.ucl.ac.uk starting September 2014.

2 x PhD projects in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Chemistry Department of University College London

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Two PhD positions are available in Prof. Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry. The theoretical/simulation projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice.

Applications for Research Engineers for the Engineering Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation - Prof Nora de Leeuw

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Summary: Applications are invited for Research Engineers for the Engineering Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation. The Engineering Doctorate Centre is jointly run by the Departments of Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics and the Birkbeck Industrial Materials Group. All the Departments have significant (internationally-leading) research programmes in the area of materials computer modelling over a range of length- and time-scales.

Computational Studies of Chemical Bonding in the Actinides

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A position is available to study chemical bonding in the actinide series, with particular emphasis on the role of covalency in uranium compounds, using computational quantum chemistry.

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Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Studentships

Polymer synthesis, modelling and electrochemistry for the understanding of electrostatic charging of insulating materials

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Dr Katherine B Holt, Dr Hugo Bronstein and Dr Dewi W Lewis

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship based in the Department of Chemistry, University College London. This multidisciplinary project is focussed on understanding radical formation on polymer surfaces and relating this chemistry to the well-known phenomenon of electrostatic charging that takes place when two materials are rubbed together. 

PhD project in Materials Chemistry at University College London

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A PhD position is available in Prof. Paul F. McMillan's group in the Chemistry Department at UCL. The project will focus on the synthesis and properties characterisation of single- to few-layered carbon nitride materials.

Porous complexes for the unambiguous structural determination of non-crystalline compounds - use in protein function determination

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Professor Claire Carmalt and Professor Derek Tocher

A 4-year BBSRC Industrial CASE studentship with Novartis is available to investigate the use of crystalline metal organic frameworks (MOFs) as a porous matrix into which compounds in solution can be soaked, allowing the molecular structure determination of non-crystalline complexes via single crystal X-ray diffraction. A technology allowing the precise molecular structure determination of any compound (crystalline or not) in low quantities would be one of the holy grails of chemistry; single crystal X-ray diffraction is the ultimate tool to determine the structure of chemical compounds. It allows the chemist to define the stereochemistry of molecules isolated from natural products greatly reducing the time taken to reproduce or mimic compounds used as molecular probes of protein function. However, well-ordered single crystals of suitable quality for X-ray analysis are required, yet many compounds are either not crystalline or only available in minute quantities. The unambiguous structural determination of compounds not amenable to conventional study would provide identification of unknown compounds quickly and with absolute accuracy, as well as gaining information about the adopted conformation of molecules.

A 3.5 Year Ph.D. Studentship in New Smart Materials for Energy Efficiency

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Supervisors: Dr Robert Palgrave (UCL), Prof Ivan Parkin (UCL) and Dr Gregory Goh (IMRE, A*Star)

Applications are invited for 3.5-year PhD studentship in a collaborative programme between UCL Chemistry and A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) of Singapore.

Sustainable Manufacturing of Transparent Conducting Oxide Thin Films

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Professor Claire J. Carmalt, Professor Ivan P. Parkin, Professor E. Fraga

2 x PhD projects in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Chemistry Department of University College London

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Two PhD positions are available in Prof. Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry. The theoretical/simulation projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice.

Regeneration of Hydrogen Storage Materials

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Title: EPSRC CASE PhD Studentship

Reference: 1373649

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Biological and Organic Chemistry Studentships

Molecular scaffolds for determining protein function

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Professors Helen Fielding and Helen Hailes

This is a multidisciplinary PhD project employing molecular modelling, chemical synthesis and photoelectron spectroscopy to gain new insight into photoactive protein function.

Polymer synthesis, modelling and electrochemistry for the understanding of electrostatic charging of insulating materials

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Dr Katherine B Holt, Dr Hugo Bronstein and Dr Dewi W Lewis

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship based in the Department of Chemistry, University College London. This multidisciplinary project is focussed on understanding radical formation on polymer surfaces and relating this chemistry to the well-known phenomenon of electrostatic charging that takes place when two materials are rubbed together. 

New Approaches to Direct Amidation Reactions

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Dr Tom Sheppard

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Applications are invited for PhD studentship commencing in October 2014. The proposed project will be a new collaboration between Dr Sheppard’ group and GlaxoSmithKline and the student will carry out a research placement for a minimum of 3 months at the industrial site at an appropriate stage of the project. The project will involve the development of new and more efficient methods for direct amidation reactions using pharmaceutically relevant compounds (For the importance of amidation reactions in pharmaceutical synthesis, see: Org. Biomol. Chem. 2006, 4, 2337). This project will build upon previous work in the group on boron-mediated amidation reactions (J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 4512). The PhD candidate will receive training within a research group and via the PhD training programme.

Phosphoro-Strecker Multicomponent Reaction: Amino Acid Synthesis and Phosphoryl Activation

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Dr Matthew W. Powner, Organic and Biological Chemistry (matthew.powner@ucl.ac.uk)

‘Potassium Alkoxides in Transition Metal Free Synthesis and Catalysis’

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PhD Project

A PhD position is available working with Dr. J. D. Wilden on the development of organic reactions promoted by group 1 alkoxides.

Design of Novel Delivery Systems for Airways Administration

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A 3.5-year PhD studentship is available in the UCL Chemistry Department to work with Prof Giuseppe Battaglia (www.battagliaresearchgroup.com) on the design of novel delivery systems for airways administration. The project will be in collaboration with an industrial partner.

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Physical Chemistry Studentships

Fully-funded 3 Year PhD Studentship: Hydrogen Production for Clean Energy

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Supervisors: Prof. Geoff Thornton (Department of Chemistry and London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London, UCL), Prof. Masahiko Tomitori, Dr. Akira Sasahara (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, JAIST)

Molecular scaffolds for determining protein function

Publication date:

Professors Helen Fielding and Helen Hailes

This is a multidisciplinary PhD project employing molecular modelling, chemical synthesis and photoelectron spectroscopy to gain new insight into photoactive protein function.

Polymer synthesis, modelling and electrochemistry for the understanding of electrostatic charging of insulating materials

Publication date:

Dr Katherine B Holt, Dr Hugo Bronstein and Dr Dewi W Lewis

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship based in the Department of Chemistry, University College London. This multidisciplinary project is focussed on understanding radical formation on polymer surfaces and relating this chemistry to the well-known phenomenon of electrostatic charging that takes place when two materials are rubbed together. 

Design of Novel Delivery Systems for Airways Administration

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A 3.5-year PhD studentship is available in the UCL Chemistry Department to work with Prof Giuseppe Battaglia (www.battagliaresearchgroup.com) on the design of novel delivery systems for airways administration. The project will be in collaboration with an industrial partner.

Scanning Probe Microscopy Studies of a Model Au–Ceria Catalyst

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3 Year PhD Studentship: Scanning Probe Microscopy Studies of a Model Au–Ceria Catalyst

Supervisors: Prof. Geoff Thornton (UCL), Prof. Masahiko Tomitori, Dr. Akira Sasahara (JAIST, Japan)

2 x PhD projects in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Chemistry Department of University College London

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Two PhD positions are available in Prof. Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Chemistry. The theoretical/simulation projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice.

Atomic scale imaging and local spectroscopy of CeO2 - Prof Geoff Thornton

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PhD Studentship
London Centre for Nanotechnology
University College London
Summary: Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship. The aim of this project is to provide an understanding of the chemical physics of single-crystalline CeO2 in relation to hydrogen production.

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