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Exploring Enabling Technologies for Organic Synthesis and Drug Discovery

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This PhD project will explore a variety of technologies to deliver new opportunities for chemical synthesis and drug discovery, including the use of mechanochemistry, multistep continuous flow processing and twin-screw extrusion. Focus will be on designing methods that permit new reactions or lead to improvements in reproducibility, scalability and/or sustainability.

Main methods and techniques

The key method will be organic methodology which will be explored and developed using the techniques of ball-milling, continuous flow and extrusion processing, these techniques can be learnt during the PhD duration.

Person specification

Applicants are expected to hold a first degree in chemistry (minimum 2.1). A Master’s project or equivalent in organic synthesis should prepare you well for this PhD. Other relevant skills will be taught during the project.

Applicants will also need to meet UCL MPhil/PhD entry and English Language requirements. See link for further details


To be eligible for a full award, applications are invited from UK and EU citizens who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the studentship. Candidates must also have no restrictions on how long they can remain in the UK. UK/EU applicants who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK or an EU member state for the past 3 years may be eligible for a fees only award and are welcome to apply, but there may be some limitations in terms of the stipend.

How to apply

Applications must include CV, personal statement, and the contact details of two referees. Applications should be emailed to

Informal enquires can be made (and are actively encouraged) from interested parties to Dr Duncan Browne ().

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2020 and interviews will take place on 17th February 2020.

Funding Notes

The student stipend will be paid at UCL normal rates (stipend rate for 2019/20 is £17,009 with additional increments in Years 2 and 3 of the studentship).

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