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Synthetic Chemistry PhD Research Projects for European Students (exc UK)

We have 33 Synthetic Chemistry PhD Research Projects for European Students (exc UK)

If your passion is in the development of new chemical structures, you could be working on cutting-edge research in the field of synthetic chemistry. Most PhDs in Synthetic Chemistry involve developing and testing new materials and chemicals, often in collaboration with other departments.

What's it like to study a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry?

As a graduate student, you'll be working towards an independent thesis that will make a significant contribution to the field of Synthetic Chemistry. You'll likely divide your time between lab-based research, writing and reviewing sections of your thesis, and attending supervisory meetings.

Possible research areas include:

  • Organic synthesis
  • Molecular design and synthesis
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Biological chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Nanomaterials
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Energy materials

You may also be asked to take modules in areas such as scientific writing, research methods, and laboratory skills, which are taught through attached research centres and departments.

Most PhDs in Synthetic Chemistry last three years. However, it is possible to transfer to a Research Masters at the end of your first year, which will result in an award of MPhil.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. A Masters may be required, though this is sometimes optional.

PhD in Synthetic Chemistry funding options

You can apply for a research council studentship which covers the cost of your tuition fee and a living cost allowance. You may also be able to apply for a government loan. It is worth checking with your prospective supervisor about funding options before you apply.

PhD in Synthetic Chemistry careers

Expertise in chemistry and chemical engineering makes it easy to find a job in research, pharmaceuticals, forensics or academia. You could also use your skills and knowledge to work in the chemical industry.

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Probing the local structure of functional materials under high pressure

This is a joint collaborative project between the University of Warwick and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. ISIS is a world-leading facility for studying the atomic-level structure of materials that attracts over 3000 external researchers each year from over 30 different countries. Read more

Replicating RNA with RNA

A critical event in the origin of life is thought to have been the emergence of an RNA molecule capable of self-replication as well as mutation, and hence evolution towards ever more efficient replication. Read more

Preclinical Development of Corticotroph Releasing Factor-1 (CRF1) Receptor PET Radioligands to Detect ACTH Producing Pituitary Adenomas

Pituitary adenomas are benign tumours which are challenging to detect and localise with conventional imaging methods. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with amino acid transport tracers is being utilised to improve lesion detection and characterisation. Read more

Designed Synthesis of Novel Zeolite Catalysts

Nanoporous zeolites play a key role as catalysts in the chemical industry, in reactions as diverse as environmental catalysis and biorefining, and in separation of low molecular weight gases and hydrocarbon vapours. Read more
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Chimeric Molecules for Targeted Protein Post-Translational Modifications

Our group is interested in diverse applications of peptide and protein chemistry and chemical probes, from natural product discovery and therapeutic innovation to chemical proteomics and cell signalling. Read more

PhD Studentship in Formulation Approaches to Develop Robust Drug Delivery Systems with Cocrystals

Overview. Are you interested in learning how to develop novel drug delivery systems with improved bio performance? Our team has been studying how pharmaceutical cocrystals can improve drug solubility and dissolution. Read more
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PhD position in organic and main-group chemistry starting in Nov 2023

In the framework of the ERC project “B-yond” financed by Horizon Europe, a PhD position is available in the Reactivity, Catalysis and Organometallic (RCO) chemistry research group (Prof. Read more

Scientist (PhD) - 3D-Printing of Pharmaceutical Products

The Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH (RCPE) is a global leader in pharmaceutical engineering sciences. We help our partners create and manufacture advanced medicines for patients worldwide through optimizing products and processes. Read more

Discovery of inorganic lithium solid electrolytes for all-solid-state batteries

All-solid-state Li metal batteries promise safer electrochemical energy storage with higher energy densities. Discovery of new high-performance Li solid electrolytes remains the core interest to advance the technological development. Read more

Synthesis of peptide biomaterials for tissue engineering

Nanocomposite biomaterials are an emerging area of research as we seek to optimise the properties of biomaterials to enhance their suitability for tissue engineering purposes. Read more

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