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EPSRC DTP Hub – Sustainable Plastics

  Cardiff School of Chemistry

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About the Programme

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

Dr Alison Paul Dr Alison Paul - People - Cardiff University

School of Engineering

Dr Devin Sapsford

Dr Mark Eaton

Dr Victoria Garcia Rocha

Cardiff Business School

Prof. Max Munday

School of Biosciences

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.

We are now accepting applications for an October 21 start date.

All applications (regardless of subject area) need to be made for a Chemistry PhD. Please make your online application here - Chemistry - Study - Cardiff University and follow the application process on the right hand side of the screen. We will amend this to your subject area if you are a successful applicant.

As part of your application please include a CV and one page statement outlining your suitability for this PhD programme.

Please state on your application which supervisor(s) you wish to consider your application and write that you are applying for the Sustainable Plastics PhD.

Deadline for applications is Friday 11th June.

Interviews will be held, by zoom, for the week commencing Monday 28th June.

As part of the interview process you will need to give a 5 minute presentation, including slides, based on your recent research project or experience

Academic criteria

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

We particularly welcome applicants with a chemistry degree and an interest in homogeneous catalysis for an industrial co-funded project.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) English language requirements for postgraduate students - Study - Cardiff University

Any queries please contact the Chemistry PGR office on

Funding Notes

The studentship includes fees, stipend and RTSG. The stipend and fees are at the UKRI rate (for 2020/21 is £15,285; £4,407 respectively). Students must meet the eligibility criteria, outlined in the terms and conditions on the UKRI website Please note that 30% of our fully-funded studentships are available to international applicants, and there is no requirement for the student to make up the fee difference. Full and part time study options available.

How good is research at Cardiff University in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 23.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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