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New Functional Polymers to enable Re-Use & Recycling

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Recycling and re-use of materials are becoming ever more important to improve environmental outcomes for a more sustainable future. There is an excellent opportunity to join the growing research team of an EPSRC Manufacturing Fellow at the University of Sheffield. We are seeking a talented, highly motivated scientist with a passion for organic synthesis/polymer chemistry and sustainability who is determined to make a difference.

The PhD project will investigate new polymers with functional groups forming dynamic covalent bonds. This work will involve the synthesis, characterization and properties of new monomers, (pre)polymers, and crosslinked polymer networks. The successful candidate will experience a wide range of experimental and analytical techniques including various organic functional group transformations and polymerisations. The project gives the successful candidate the chance to work on fundamental science with industrial relevance where (s)he will learn skills appropriate for a career in academia or industry. They will be involved in collaborations across the University and
could have the opportunity of interaction with Industry as their PhD develops.

Funding Notes

The PhD studentship is fully funded for 3.5 years
• The PhD studentship is available to a UK or EU applicant.
• Applicants should have a first or upper second-class degree at BSc level in Chemistry or Polymer Science, or an MSc in a relevant discipline.
• All applicants should provide a CV with 2 references including a covering letter (maximum 1 side of A4) outlining their motivation, skills and experience.

For informal enquiries or further details about this post, please contact Professor Andrew Slark on 07793 261268 (preferred) or e-mail at

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