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Developing Thymidine-Based Green Self-healing Polymers

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath has now launched a new joint PhD programme with Monash University, Australia. The Bath Monash Global PhD Programme will have its first intake in October this year.

This project is one of a number that are in competition for up to four funded studentships. More details are available here:

Home institution: Monash University
Supervisor at Bath: Dr Antoine Buchard
Supervisor at Monash: Associate Professor Kei Saito (lead)

Intrinsically self-healing polymers have the ability to heal damage by the use of an appropriate stimulus. This healing can restore the mechanical properties of a damaged polymer allowing for a return to service without the need for replacement of the polymer. When used as a coating, a self-healing polymer can ensure the continued protection of the underlying structure after damage, with minimal downtime of the component and no replacement of the coating necessary.

Photo-stimulated self-healing polymers which can heal the damages via light irradiation are a promising new class of materials especially for coatings. One of the ways to produce photo-stimulated self-healing polymers is to incorporate photo-reversible units in polymer structures and Saito’s group has been working on creating self-healing polymers by incorporating thymine, coumarin and other photo-reversible units that can undergo 2+2 cycloaddition reaction in polymer structures. On the underhand, Buchard’s group has developed thymidine based polycarbonates by ring opening polymerisation to create biodegradable polymers from renewable resources. Thymidine has the potential to undergo 2+2 cycloaddition reaction and the idea here is to convert this thymidine based polycarbonates into self-healing polymers to prepare self-healing polymers which are biodegradable.

This project will involve an aspect of organic synthesis, polymer synthesis and polymer characterization techniques.


We invite applications from Science and Engineering graduates who have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class degree and have a strong interest in Sustainable Chemical Technologies.

You may express an interest in up to three projects in order of preference. See the CSCT website for more information:

Please submit your application at the Home institution of your preferred project. However, please note that you are applying for a joint PhD programme and applications will be processed as such.

If this is your preferred project, apply to Monash here:

If the Home institution of your preferred project is Bath, apply here:
Please quote ‘Bath Monash PhD studentship’ in the Finance section and the lead supervisor(s)’ name(s) and project title(s) in the ‘Your research interests’ section. More information on applying to Bath may be found here:

Enquiries about the application process should be sent to .

Funding Notes

Bath Monash PhD studentships include tuition fee sponsorship and a living allowance (stipend) for the course duration (up to 42 months maximum). Note, however, that studentships for Bath-based projects will provide cover for UK/EU tuition fees ONLY. Non-Australian nationals studying in Australia will be required to pay their own Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Additional and suitably qualified applicants who can access a scholarship/studentship from other sources will be also considered.

How good is research at University of Bath in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

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

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