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Polymer Chemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 38 Polymer Chemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

A PhD in Polymer Chemistry is an opportunity to conduct original research into the properties and behaviour of both natural and synthetic polymers. Polymetric structures can be found in countless materials and form the building blocks of many products we use every day, such as plastics and rubbers, as well as being naturally occurring in biological phenomena such as human proteins.

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.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Polymer Chemistry

You’ll usually need a Masters degree (with a merit or distinction) in Chemistry or a related subject. Some programmes may accept applicants with a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Chemistry who can demonstrate good research potential.

PhD in Polymer Chemistry funding options

Most Polymer Chemistry PhDs in the UK are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), or less commonly the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Projects will generally have funding attached, meaning that successful applicants will automatically receive funding.

It may be possible to self-fund a PhD in Polymer Chemistry, but this is unusual due to the difficulty in finding an academic whose research interests align with your own, who also has the resources and equipment to support your project. Self-funded students will also need to pay additional ‘bench fees’ to cover consumable materials used during experiments.

Students who self-fund a PhD usually do so by combining the government’s doctoral loan with part-time work or support from a charity or trust.

PhD in Polymer Chemistry careers

A PhD in Polymer Chemistry can open up a wide variety of career opportunities. Many graduates will choose to continue their academic careers, often through a postdoctoral position.

Polymers are used in the production of almost all the products we use in everyday life, including food and drink, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, clothing, computers, and packaging. This means your expertise will be invaluable in countless industries.

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Visualising Molecular Doping in Conjugated Polymers

Visualising Molecular Doping in Conjugated Polymers. A fully funded 3.5 years PhD position in the field of experimental nanoscience at surfaces and molecular imaging of conjugated polymers is available in the group of Prof. Read more

Unlocking the Potential of Ice Nucleating Polysaccharides for Climate Science and Cryobiology

Contrary to popular perception, ice usually does not form in liquid water at 0°C. Indeed, there is excellent evidence that even ocean-scale volumes of water can measurably supercool to temperatures below the melting point of ice (1). Read more

Responsive gel electrolytes for next generation energy storage solutions

Applications are invited for a Postgraduate studentship, supported by the College of Engineering and Physical Science (EPS) to be undertaken within the department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC) and the Aston Advanced Materials Research Centre (AAMRC) at Aston University. Read more

Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies into Enzymatic Degradation of Waste Plastics

Plastics are a broad range of solid polymeric materials that have found widespread application globally. However, there has been a steady accumulation of discarded plastics and there is now growing awareness that they present a significant hazard to the natural environment and human health. Read more

Development of a novel polymer-based receptor for monitoring of BRCA genes

While most cancers are sporadic, some cancer types are associated with increased risk of heritability. These include prostate, breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancer, which in some cases may develop due to inheritance of cancer-susceptibility genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2. Read more

Unlocking seaweed biomolecule extraction advancements for nutrition and biomedical applications (Ref: RDF24/HLS/APP/GIRON)

Seaweeds have long served as a food source, with their polysaccharides finding applications in various fields. In the UK, small companies dominate the seaweed biotech R&D scene, mainly focusing on low-tech products for food, beauty, nutraceuticals, and fertilizers. Read more

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