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 six 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.
Designing Environmentally Friendly Corrosion Inhibitors
This project aims to develop environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitors for oil-field and other applications using different modelling approaches based on experimental data gathered in the laboratory, then using validated models to predict the behaviour of existing and new inhibitor formulations.
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.
Development of new functional coatings for sensor technology
This project aims to explore how Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) can be used to develop novel functional coatings and how their properties can be modified towards applications in sensor technology
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