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EPSRC DTP Hub – Sustainable Plastics

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

Profile Description

These studentships will be part of Cardiff University's interdisciplinary doctoral training hub in sustainable plastics.

The manufacture, performance and end-of-life (recycling, environmental fate) of polymers (plastics) is an area of intense current interest and importance. Research in this area is often fragmented; this hub brings together expertise in polymer synthesis and recycling, together with wider aspects of plastics manufacture, application and environmental impact. Specific areas of interest and potential projects include Chemistry (catalysis for synthesis of sustainable polymers; catalysis for recycling; catalysis for the sustainable synthesis of polymer intermediates), Engineering (mechanical performance and durability, mechanical aspects of recycling), Biosciences (degradation pathways, environmental impact, including physical and biogeochemical transport and fate of plastics and degradation products), and Social sciences (single-use behaviours, waste management options, Life Cycle Assessments, costs benefit analysis).

Students will benefit from a scholarly in-depth PhD project in one or more of these areas, together with broader training across many aspects.

This broader training will include technical aspects of sustainable plastics science and technology, as well as cohort-based team activities and engagement with industry.

Potential PhD supervisors include:

School of Chemistry

Prof. Duncan Wass

Dr Ben Ward

Dr M. Sankar

Dr Rebecca Melen

Dr Andy Logsdail

Dr Alberto Roldan Martinez

School of Engineering

Dr Devin Sapsford

Dr Mark Eaton

Dr Victoria Garcia Rocha

Cardiff Business School

Prof. Max Munday

School of Biosciences

Prof. Steve Ormerod

Prof. Isabelle Durance

School of Psychology

Prof. Wouter Poortinga

If you wish to have an informal chat with any of the supervisors about their possible research project please feel free to contact them directly.


To apply please follow the link and apply for a Chemistry PhD (this is for admin purposes only, if your application progresses your offer would be made in your area of research) stating the supervisor you wish to work with:

Please include in your application a full CV and a short supporting statement (maximum one side of A4) as to why you are the best applicant for your research area.

Full and Part time study options are available.


Academic criteria

A BSc 2.1 or above, or a Masters level qualification, in a relevant subject area is required.


Start date: 1st October 2020

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 13th May

We will not be contacting applicants until after the deadline.


Interviews planned for week commencing Monday 1st June

Given current Government advice, we plan to conduct interviews remotely.

For the interview applicants are asked to prepare a short (5 minute) verbal presentation on their research interests or a recent research project. Powerpoint may be used if preferred, but with a maximum of three slides sent in advance.


Any queries please contact the Chemistry PGR office on


Funding Notes

This studentship includes Home/EU fee and stipend. The stipend and fees are at the UKRI rate (for 2020/21 is £15,285; £4,407 respectively).

Eligibility criteria

The studentship is open to:

•UK students

•EU students who have been resident in the UK for three years at the course start date

For more information on eligibility - View Website

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