What’s it like to do a PhD in Polymer Chemistry?
With the guidance of an expert supervisor, you’ll work towards an extended thesis that will make an original contribution to the field of Polymer Chemistry. You’ll likely divide your time between designing and carrying out experiments in the lab, working on your thesis, attending conferences, and completing departmental training.
You might use a number of analytical techniques to observe the form and function of polymers, such as fluorescence spectroscopy and laser diffraction. Other research techniques in Polymer Chemistry include digital imaging and 3D modelling.
Possible research areas include:
- Using AI for polymer synthesis
- Using polymers for drug development and delivery
- Electronic properties of polymers
- Sustainable materials
- Kinetic theory of polymers
- Polymers in tissue engineering
- The durability of polymers
PhD programmes in Polymer Chemistry and usually pre-designed. This means you’ll apply for an advertised project rather than proposing your own research topic. If you are studying your PhD at a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), you may be trained alongside a cohort of fellow PhD candidates.