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CDT in Sustainable Chemistry: fully funded 4-year PhD studentships in the area of Sustainable Chemistry

Fully funded 48-month PhD studentships available at the EPSRC and SFI CDT in Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham

The EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Chemistry: Atoms-2-Products, would like to invite suitably qualified and highly motivated applicants to apply for 48-month PhD studentships to work in the following research area:

Down to Earth: Catalysis using Earth Abundant Metals

The overall aim of this Research Theme is the development and understanding of catalysis using earth abundant metals. It will focus on developing sustainable methodologies towards carbon-element bond formation using base metal catalysts, to leverage new reactivity and novel/cleaner production methods. The Theme researchers will investigate the design and synthesis of new catalysts, characterisation and mechanism of catalytic reactions, alternative solvents, theory and modelling of reactions, and scale-up of reactions.

Students will gain experience in a range of areas including:

  • Theory and practical characterisation of catalysts and catalytic reactions
  • Kinetics and mechanism in catalysis
  • Modelling of catalysts and reaction mechanisms
  • Applications, challenges and opportunities for base metal catalysts in industry

CDT Training Programme

Our students will undertake a 4-year PhD programme, where the first year offers the opportunity to access a balanced combination of Core and Research Theme training activities. The Core training aims to equip students with knowledge and tools related to the broader aspects of their research such as sustainability, entrepreneurial skills, and responsible research and innovation, and will include a wide range of workshops focusing on professional skills, career development and wellbeing. Research Theme training is focused on the topics specific to each of the three Themes. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, group activities and lab sessions.

Over the remaining three years, whilst working on their research projects, students will continue to receive cross-disciplinary training and research, and will be presented with a wide range of additional training opportunities tailored to support them at the different stages of their PhD cycle.

Benefits of studying with us:

  • An excellent research environment, with world class facilities
  • Access to an extensive cross-disciplinary training programme
  • Purposefully tailored Research Theme-specific technical/lab training
  • Cohort approach to training with emphasis on collaborative work in smaller teams
  • Access to external training, workshops and conferences
  • Opportunity of external internships with national/international companies or academic/other institutions
  • An annual stipend of £15,285

Application criteria

Ideally, candidates will hold one of the following:

  • A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree from a 4-year undergraduate course, or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biosciences, Natural Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or a closely related subject.
  • A 3-year undergraduate course in one of the above disciplines plus a Masters degree and/or at least one year’s experience in industry.

The Centre would particularly welcome enthusiastic and highly motivated applicants with a strong academic curiosity and strong aptitude for research. Applicants should be committed to working in cross-disciplinary teams and be passionate about working towards a more sustainable future.

Eligibility information

Our studentships are governed by UKRI/EPSRC.

Awards for UK residents cover UK tuition fees and provide a stipend at the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate. International students may also apply to this Centre, EU applicants are now classified as international students.

Application deadline: 11 April 2021

For further details please read the UKRI guidance on EU and international eligibility for UKRI funded studentships.

For more information on our Research Themes and how to apply please visit our website.

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The University of Nottingham is focused on embedding equality, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do. As part of this, we welcome a diverse population to join our post graduate research student body and therefore encourage applicants from all communities, particularly those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.