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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis (TECS)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis (TECS)

Fully funded four year PhD studentships commencing in September 2020 are available for exceptional chemistry graduates.

Our PhD programme combines world-leading research in chemical synthesis with state-of-the-art training in technology and automation to best prepare you for a career in modern synthetic chemistry.

Programme Overview

Our alternative to the traditional PhD includes a unique training period (TATE) before the start of your synthesis research project which will:

  • enhance your research skills in a variety of areas of chemical synthesis
  • enable you to choose your own PhD project
  • introduce you to state-of-the-art automation and reaction technology
  • introduce you to new methods of computational chemistry, including AI
  • build personal confidence
  • grow your employability and transferable skills
  • foster a teamwork ethos through cohort-driven research
  • include entrepreneurship training to introduce you to the start-up culture
  • create links with industry while working on real-world problems
  • allow you to interact with internationally renowned research groups

PhD Project Areas

  • Metal catalysed transformations
  • New scaffolds for medicines and agrochemicals
  • Designer ligands for catalysis
  • Computational modelling and automation
  • Design and synthesis of new bioactive and functional molecules
  • Main group chemistry: from molecules to materials
  • Development of expedient new synthetic methodologies
  • Chemistry, synthesis and activity of natural products
  • Cleaner synthesis and reactor technology

Applications are welcomed from students with or expecting to gain a first or upper-second class honours MSci/MChem (or equivalent). This is one of the CDTs hosted by the School of Chemistry offering training in a number of different disciplines.

Application deadline: 6th March 2020.

Student testimonials

Joe (2019 cohort) says: There is such a wide range of projects from all aspects of organic and inorganic chemistry that you feel you can choose the area that you find most interesting.

Alice (2019 cohort) says: Every week we participate in problem sessions which I have particularly enjoyed, as I have been able to get to know many of the leading academics and gain an insight into areas I haven’t worked much on before.

Mehul (2019 cohort) says: The course has opened my eyes to the usefulness of new technologies to augment synthetic chemistry. Since no prior knowledge of or experience with these technologies is required, the sessions on automation and AI have been accessible to all students.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis (TECS)

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