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Development and Optimisation of NMR for High Pressure Reactions.

Department of Chemistry

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Dr Ralph Adams , Dr J Bures , Dr L Castañar Acedo No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
Manchester United Kingdom Analytical Chemistry Biochemistry Chemical Engineering Inorganic Chemistry Organic Chemistry Physical Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry

About the Project

Reliable characterisation of chemical reactions is key to their understanding. Identifying and quantifying reaction intermediates provides the information required to understand, optimise, and improve reactions.

 NMR spectroscopy is a powerful tool for analysis of pure compounds and reaction mixtures but requires new hardware and methodology to characterise reactions under the high pressure and temperature conditions typical of industrial processes.

 This industrially funded project (Bruker UK) will exploit the capabilities of the recently EPSRC-UoM funded 700 MHz NMR spectrometer for monitoring reactions at high pressure. This project will develop and optimise an NMR-compatible high-pressure recirculating chemical reactor, using high pressure NMR tubes and all the necessary equipment to safely monitor reactions with gases at high pressure. This unique facility will provide a platform to advance the mechanistic understanding of a wide range of industrially relevant reactions. The student will work with leading academic and industrial groups, with opportunities for international visits for research and training.

 The student will benefit from access to newly installed state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation and a brand-new high-pressure reactor. This interdisciplinary project will provide training in advanced NMR methods development, chemical engineering, synthetic chemistry methodology, kinetics and mechanistic studies, with an option to investigate applications in other areas such as biocatalysis, polymer synthesis, heterogeneous catalysis and process development. The student will be based in the Manchester NMR Methodology Group ( and collaborate closely with the Bures research group (

 This rigorous and exclusive multidisciplinary training will prepare the student for a strong future in an academic or industrial environment.

 Academic background of candidates

Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in the engineering or physical sciences, for example in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or a related area.

 Contact for further Information

Dr. Ralph Adams

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Funding Notes

This is a 3.5 year studentship funded by Bruker. The funding will cover fees and stipend (£15,609 in 2021-22)
Open to UK applicants only
We expect the programme to commence in September 2021


A regionally strategic NMR spectrometer with globally unique high pressure and reaction monitoring capability
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