What's it like to do a PhD in Analytical Chemistry?
Analytical Chemistry is a field that involves the application of chemical principles to test and identify chemical compounds. A PhD in Analytical Chemistry will involve working on a research project under the guidance of an expert supervisor. You'll likely be using analytical methods such as chromatography and spectroscopy to test the properties of chemical compounds.
Some of the issues that Analytical Chemistry researchers aim to solve include climate change, ageing, drug development and safer drinking water.
Some popular Analytical Chemistry research topics are:
- Analytical chemistry of pharmaceuticals
- Analytical chemistry of polymers
- Chemical forensics
- Chemical production and consumption
- Chemical analysis using nanomaterials
If you are considering a PhD in Analytical Chemistry that has a computational focus, you will likely be working on projects such as computer aided analysis or data processing.
You might also be required to complete some training modules during your first year to gain a deeper understanding of the field and prepare you for your own research.
In addition to attending research meetings, writing papers and completing other academic duties, you might be asked to complete modules that improve your research skills.