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Directed assembly of pharmaceutical materials: Lessons from intermolecular interactions (KHIMYAKYU20SCIEP)


Project Description

This will contribute to the development of artificial intelligence (AI) methods for predicting self-assembly of multicomponent pharmaceutical solids. Building upon the considerable recent enhancement of capability for structural analysis of organic solids at UEA and extensive expertise in molecular level organisation of pharmaceutical solid forms, this studentship will enable a student to develop novel predictive generic methodologies based on the detailed knowledge of intermolecular interactions in molecular pharmaceutics. Using the advanced experimental and computational tools the student will design and perform screening experiments, investigate specific intermolecular interactions in both solution and solid state and systematically analyse how the generated solid forms respond to small changes in molecular structure and whether our new models can correctly predict those responses.

The highly collaborative nature of the project will equip you with transferable set of skills which are needed across several research areas: from pharmaceuticals and functional materials for energy to chemical biology and advanced biomaterials. Through this project, you will receive multi-disciplinary training in using X-ray diffraction, advanced NMR spectroscopy and computational tools. You will join an exciting team with a world leading expertise in structural characterisation of pharmaceutical solids and will gain unique set of scientific and research management skills relevant across many areas of modern physical sciences.

This PhD project will be hosted by the School of Pharmacy and School of Chemistry at UEA.

Informal enquiries are welcomed: please contact Prof Yaroslav Khimyak (), Dr Laszlo Fabian () or Dr Joseph Wright ()

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here: https://people.uea.ac.uk/y_khimyak

This is a PhD programme.

The start date of the project is 1 October 2020.

The mode of study is full-time. The studentship length is 3 years with a 1-year registration period.

Entry requirements:

Acceptable first degree in Mathematics, Physics, Chemical Physics, Physical Chemistry.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is in a competition for an EPSRC studentship. Funding is for 3.5 years and will be available to successful candidates who meets the UK Research Council eligibility criteria. These requirements are detailed in the Research Council Training Grant Guide which can be found at View Website (see Annex 1 for Residential Guidelines for Research Council Studentships). In most cases UK and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course are eligible for a full-award. Other EU nationals may qualify for a fees only award.

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