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Development and Mechanistic Understanding of Photocatalytic Transformations

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 08, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project based in the Department of Chemistry.

The aim of this project is to develop new approaches to the synthesis of medicinally-relevant amine-containing compounds, using visible-light photoredox catalysis and flow chemistry. Our lab has recently conceived a new strategy to use unprotected amines directly in C–C bond formation, and we are looking to expand our research programme in this area. In addition to reaction invention, we are also interested in formulating a holistic approach to understanding and optimising photocatalytic reactions (both in batch and in flow). Harnessing a range of techniques (e.g., flow NMR & MS, transient absorption spectroscopy), we aim to study catalyst activity/deactivation phenomena and the effect of irradiation/temperature on reaction kinetics. As part of this endeavour, we will also develop new set-ups for online MS monitoring of flow or flask-based reactions.


Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or high Upper Second Class UK Honours degree (or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK) in a relevant subject. A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous. Non-UK applicants must meet our English language entry requirement


Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Alex Cresswell, .

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form:

Please ensure that you quote the supervisor’s name and project title in the ‘Your research interests’ section.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 28 September 2020.

Funding Notes

UK and EU candidates applying for this project will be considered for a University Research Studentship which will cover UK/EU tuition fees, a training support fee of £1,000 per annum and a tax-free maintenance allowance at the UKRI Doctoral Stipend rate (£15,009 in 2019-20) for a period of up to 3.5 years.

How good is research at University of Bath in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

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