A diverse range of research areas are available for support, in all aspects of chemical (and related interdisciplinary) research. The following project titles (with supervisor names) give an indication of the current projects on offer (more details can be found at the Chemistry Department website – Chemistry | Lancaster University):
- The evaluation of novel nanostructured catalysts in heterogeneous electrochemical CO2 reduction (Toghill)
- Synthesis of Functionalized Catenanes and Rotaxanes for Supramolecular Chemistry Applications (Evans)
- Photosensitisation of silicon using covalently attached metal complexes (Danos and Coogan)
- Photoactive Polyester Devices for Imaging, Diagnostics and Therapy (Coogan and Platel)
- Raman spectroscopy for the quantification and quality control of cell and gene therapies (Ashton)
- Unlocking the Synthetic Potential of Tropones and Tropolones: New Opportunities in Drug Discovery (Coote)
- Catalytic Routes To Multifunctional 3D Building Blocks For Drug Discovery (Franckevičius)
- Towards a general understanding of actinide covalency (Kerridge)
- Developing Quantitative Electronic Structure Methods for Molecular Colour Prediction (Peach)
- Artificial Synthesis of Conjugated Porous Polymers for Energy Applications (Trewin)
- Design and Synthesis of Copolymers for Biodegradable Drug Delivery Matrices (Platel)
- Biodegradable green electronics as a potential solution to the global issue of e-waste (Hardy)
- Synthesis and interface characterisation of solid-state Li-ion batteries (Tapia Ruiz)
- New methods for sustainable catalysis (Sweeney)
- Molecular simulations of HDL and LDL lipoprotein particles (Anwar)
During the course of all PhD projects, you will be trained in both general and specialised, fundamental and advanced methods: for synthetic and catalytic chemistry this will include (where necessary) preparation and handling of air- and moisture-sensitive compounds, for physical and analytical chemistry this will also include training in a range of instrumentation, analytical methods and where appropriate chemical biology, for computational chemistry this will include training in high performance computing (HPC), the Linux operating system, and a variety of software packages.
The Department of Chemistry has superb analytical facilities, supporting training using a diverse array of equipment including NMR (solution and solid-state) and IR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, Raman spectroscopy, time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and gel-permeation chromatography. There is also access to departmental, institutional and regional HPC facilities.
Applicants will hold, or expect to receive, a 1st or upper-second class UK Masters-level degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a closely related subject. [FV1] The successful candidate will demonstrate theoretical and practical skills in synthetic, physical and analytical or computational chemistry at a level commensurate with the graduate degree programme. Enthusiasm to work in a laboratory[FV2] /research environment, a keenness to learn (by tuition and independently), a collaborative attitude and possession of excellent written and oral communication skills are essential for the role.
Informal e-mail enquiries to Professor Joe Sweeney prior to submitting an application are encouraged. Applications should be made via Lancaster University’s online application system. Applications will be considered in the order that they are received and the position may be filled when a suitable candidate has been identified. Please indicate on your application that you are applying for this funded PhD and which project(s) you are interested in.
The Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University provides a research environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each student, promoting a healthy work-life balance. We are committed to the Athena Swan Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. Our commitment to these principles is reflected in our recent receipt of an Athena Swan Bronze Award. The Department of Chemistry also operates an informal PhD peer-peer mentor scheme available to all students.
The studentship will cover fees at the UK/EU rate plus the standard maintenance stipend (£14,777 for 2018/19).