You can study an MPhil over the course of one year or a PhD over the course of three or four years.
These degrees are available for study within any of our five research groups:
- Bionanotechnology & analytical chemistry
- Catalysis & synthesis
- Chemical biology & medicinal chemistry
- Materials & computational
- Forensic science
PhD students: become more employable
Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme
As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD). This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.
It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:
- the knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
- the personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
- the standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
- working with others and communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences
All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.
bio-deterioration of concrete and conservation of architectural heritage
Bio-deterioration of concrete strongly affects much of our built heritage and is particularly notable in wet territories like the UK or South East Asia. How to effectively solve bio-deterioration of concrete sculptures and buildings is an environmental, societal and scientific challenge.
Fibre optic sensors for pH measurement in harsh environments
In this project, a novel pH sensor for high temperature, high pressure (HTHP) environments using a functionalised optical fibre will be developed.
Investigation of pharmaceutical crystallisation using small angle x-ray scattering
The project will focus on the applications of latest Small-angle X-ray scattering system in CMAC (EPSRC Centre of excellence in continuous manufacturing and crystallisation) to provide mechanistic understanding of interparticle interaction in dense system under repulsive or attractive interactions.
Development of multi-sensor measurement for characterizing biological suspensions and tissue
The project will focus on the development of novel multi-sensor measurement-analysis platform which integrate optics (instrument configuration) and theories of light propagation through particulate media to extract physical and chemical information of biological suspensions.
Modelling the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks for continuous manufacture
The project aims to develop new models for predicting the performance of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in adsorption applications and in computational design of nanoporous silica materials, as well as obtaining experimental insight into the synthesis of MOFs.
Production of membranes using green, safe and sustainable alternative solvents
This research project aims to develop polymer membranes produced via “green” polymer solutions. The selection of acceptable alternative solvents will follow a “holistic” approach that will take into consideration both experimental data and molecular simulations.
Control of mixing in continuous crystallisation of pharmaceuticals
The project investigates continuous mixing in pharmaceutical crystallisation and introduce rational design principles into development of mixing-controlled industrial crystallisation processes. Collaboration with CMAC industrial partners GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Takeda.
Deadline:31 May 2018
Nucleation of organic crystals in flows
This project investigates how crystals nucleate and how fluid flows can be used to influence crystallisation, using cutting edge experimental facilities, including high speed high resolution imaging, Brownian microscopy, static and dynamic light scattering and small angle X-ray scattering.
Fabrication and development of hollow fibre membranes for advanced gas separation applications
This project will focus on polymer science, rheology, material/fibre science, gas separation, gas transmission modelling and spectroscopy for the manufacture of advanced performance gas separation hollow fibre membranes.
Rational Studies of Nickel Catalysis
The project concerns the use of detailed, quantitative studies (physical organic/physical inorganic chemistry) to understand reaction mechanisms and structure/activity relationships in nickel catalysis. This will enable us to design and optimise new and better chemical reactions for organic synthesis
Bio-inspired Force-responsive Polymer Nanoreactors
Inspired by force-activated reaction compartments in cells, the project will investigate force-responsive block copolymers that are self-assembled into polymersome nanoreactors. The aim is to create catalytic systems in which biocatalytic reactions can be controlled and switched by mechanical forces.
Deadline:15 June 2018
Some enzymes catalyze atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) an environmentally friendly, non-toxic alternative to conventional ATRP catalysts. We aim to unlock the potential of biocatalytic ATRP by applying advanced polymerization techniques e.g. electrochemically mediated ATRP, surface-initiated ATRP etc.