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PhD in Chemistry - Aqueous Multi-Phase Systems as Environment for Enzymatic Catalysis


   College of Science and Engineering

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  Dr Bernhard V. K. J. Schmidt  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

We are recruiting a PhD student in Polymer Chemistry for a start in October 2022 under the supervision of Dr. Bernhard Schmidt.

The Schmidt group is active in the area of polymer chemistry with a focus on controlled polymerization for the synthesis of polymer hybrid materials and polymers for self-assembly with the target of catalytic and biomedical applications. More information can be found at:

http://www.schmidt-lab.com

The proposed project aims at developing new environments for enzymatic catalysis mimicking biological cells.

The biological cell is a highly sophisticated system capable of processing chemical reactions with high rates and specificity due to a cell’s compartmentalized structure. Moreover, the cell employs a perfectly organized molecular transport system that channels nutrients, substrates, metabolites and reaction products effectively.

The successful applicant will synthesise various polymers for the formation of aqueous multi-phase systems. These materials will be utilised to form environments for enzymatic catalysis and elucidation of enzyme activity profiles. The environment will feature partitioning of molecules into specific compartments for enhanced control and rate of the reaction progress, as well as mobility of substrates. The formed nano/micro systems will lead to significantly improved materials regarding permeability, biocompatibility and degradability with considerable implications for chemical process engineering, biomedical applications or food production.

The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. The School of Chemistry is located on the University’s main campus in the cosmopolitan West End of Glasgow.

Interested parties should contact Dr. Bernhard Schmidt ([Email Address Removed]) including a current CV before applying on the University website.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

As an Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder, the School of Chemistry has equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart, and actively supports applications from all sections of society.

More details of the School’s Athena SWAN activities can be found here:

https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/chemistry/abouttheschool/athenaswan/

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/howtoapplyforaresearchdegree/.


Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,840 for Session 2022-23).
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