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Applications of self-assembled block copolymers – towards a sustainable future


   College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

  Dr Matthew Derry, Dr Paul Topham  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

In our research group, we look to utilise polymeric materials in a wide range of applications to make a real impact on our everyday lives. Block copolymers are extremely important materials with many potential applications (e.g. medicine, food packaging, water treatment, lightweight materials for construction, generating and storing renewable energy, etc) and can play a huge role in developing a more sustainable future. You will use advanced synthesis and characterisation techniques to develop new materials to help promote a better, more sustainable future.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Master’s degree in a relevant subject with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution) in Chemistry or Materials Science. Preferred skill requirements include Synthesis and characterisation of block copolymers.

Submitting an application

As part of the application, you will need to supply:

  • A copy of your current CV
  • Copies of your academic qualifications for your Bachelor degree, and Masters degree; this should include both certificates and transcripts, and must be translated in to English
  • A research proposal statement*
  • Two academic references
  • Proof of your English Language proficiency

Details of how to submit your application, and the necessary supporting documents can be found here

*The application must be accompanied by a “research proposal” statement. An original proposal is not required as the initial scope of the project has been defined, candidates should take this opportunity to detail how their knowledge and experience will benefit the project and should also be accompanied by a brief review of relevant research literature.

Please include the supervisor name, project title, and project reference in your Personal Statement.


Funding Notes

There is no financial support available from Aston University for this position. Applicants should either be confident they can cover the costs from their own resources or be applying for an external scholarship. As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or secured, this additional funding.
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