Mechanistic understanding of the formation of squaric acid based functional organic multi-component materials


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr Anuradha Pallipurath, Prof S Schroeder  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Are you interested in working in a large collaborative team towards advancing the understanding of how molecules interact during the crystallisation process?

Are you interested in pioneering the use of new operando characterization techniques based on X-ray diffraction/scattering and Raman scattering?

How organic molecules behave in solution and how they form crystals, has great impact on their production, processability and stability. The project focuses on known a functional material forming squaric acid with coformers that produce materials with properties such as thermochromism, electrochromism with an aim to work towards advancing the understanding of its crystallisation in solution. With a particular focus on the intermolecular interaction of molecules in the solution-state, this project hopes to better understand the role of the method of crystallisation on the properties of the functional material formed.

This PhD studentship is jointly funded by the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds (UoL) and by Diamond Light Source (DLS). The successful student will spend 50% of their time at the UoL and the other 50% across crystallography beamlines I11 (High resolution powder X-ray diffraction) and I15-1 (X-ray Pair Distribution Function – XPDF). 

You will have the opportunity to interact with a multidisciplinary team and the outcomes of your research will serve a wide community of researchers working in pharmaceuticals. Your research will be advised by Dr Anuradha Pallipurath and Prof Sven L.M.Schroeder at the University of Leeds, Dr Lucy Saunders at the I11 beamline and Dr Daniel Irving at the XPDF(I15-1) beamline of Diamond Light Source.

Materials Science (24) Mathematics (25) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

A highly competitive School of Chemical & Process Engineering Studentship in partnership with Diamond Light Source, offering the award of fees at the UK fee rate of £4,712, together with a tax-free maintenance grant of £18,622 (currently for academic session 2023/24) for 3.5 years. This opportunity is open to all applicants. All candidates will be placed into the School of Chemical Engineering Studentship Competition and selection is based on academic merit.

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