Pure & Applied Chemistry postgraduate research opportunities
Bio-inspired Force-responsive Polymer Nanoreactors
Deadline:24 June 2018 Opens:28 May 2018
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.
Fee statusHome (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK
Mode of StudyFull Time
FundingHome fee, Stipend
Deadline:24 June 2018 Opens:25 May 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.