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PhD in Chemical Engineering - Solvent design and reaction/separation processes

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    Dr C Bertulli
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Project Description

The Centre for Process System Engineering at Imperial College London/UCL is seeking to recruit a PhD student to carry out research with Professors Adjiman, Galindo and Armstrong in collaboration with a large pharmaceutical company, in the exciting area of solvent design and reaction/separation processes. The student will be based at Imperial College London.

The aim of this research project is to develop a systematic approach to the selection of solvents for multiple processing steps based on overall process performance. The approach will primarily be based on concepts from computer-aided molecular design and optimisation. The student will join a team with a well-established activity in this area and will extend our current computational tools to broader classes of reactions. The student will also undertake experimental investigations of reaction kinetics as needed, to produce new insights and validate the computational techniques.

Applicants should have broad interests, spanning computational methods and experimental techniques as well as an interest in reaction kinetics/physical organic chemistry. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, which will be essential in collaborating with the industrial partner, disseminating the results via journal publications and attendance at international conferences. Applicants are expected to have obtained (or be heading for) a First degree at Master’s level (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Physics and be highly motivated. Candidates with a high 2:1 may also be considered.

Start date: October 2019.

Applications should be made through the College’s online application system. Important information about the College’s PhD application process can be found on the following page:

Applicants should send their application reference to Cristina Bertulli: [Email Address Removed]

For further details please contact Cristina Bertulli: [Email Address Removed]

Closing date: 15th February 2019

Funding Notes

This post is financially supported via an industrial collaboration.

The successful candidate will receive the following financial support:
a) Full funding for tuition fees and stipend of £16,777 per annum for 3 years
b) Stipend only (no tuition fees covered) for the final 0.5 year, to support write-up of the PhD thesis.

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