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PhD in Chemistry: New carbon nanomaterials for bioengineered approaches to functional materials

   Cardiff School of Chemistry

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  Prof S Pope, Prof I Fallis  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

New carbon nanomaterials for bioengineered approaches to functional materials

The aim of this project is to synthesis, characterise, and investigate the potential applications of new carbon nanomaterials. The project will involve training in the chemical synthesis of carbon nanomaterials using microwave technologies, and will utilise a wide variety of analytical, spectroscopic (including NMR, UV-vis., fluorescence, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies; SEM, TEM confocal fluorescence microscopies) and biosynthetic methods to yield new materials. There is extensive scope for developing new materials and evaluating their applications.

The project will be embedded within an interdisciplinary training and research program focussed on Biosensors and Diagnostics, and you will be expected to work closely with the other PhD students in your cohort who are based in the Schools of Pharmacy, Engineering and Biosciences. Further collaboration will be possible with researchers from other disciplines including public health bodies and industry. The project is funded for 4 years by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).


Prof. Simon Pope (Chemistry) Professor Simon Pope - People - Cardiff University

Dr Ian Fallis (Chemistry) Dr Ian Fallis - People - Cardiff University

Prof David Williams, (Dentistry) Professor David Williams - People - Cardiff University

Dr Wei Xiao-Qing (Dentistry) Dr Xiao-Qing Wei - People - Cardiff University

Application deadline - Friday 25th February 2022

We will not be contacting applicants until after the deadline

Possible interview dates: to be held in week beginning March 14th, 2022.

For the interview applicants are asked to prepare a short (10 minutes maximum) oral presentation on their research interests or a recent/current research project. Use of Powerpoint is recommended. All interviews will held via zoom.

If you wish to have an informal chat with any of the supervisors about this research project please feel free to contact them directly.

Academic criteria

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent). 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) English language requirements for postgraduate students - Study - Cardiff University

How to apply

To apply please follow the link and apply for a Chemistry PhD

Please include in your application a full CV and a short supporting statement (maximum one side of A4) as to why you are the best applicant for your research area.

Start date: 1st October 2022

Funding Notes

This is a 4 year PhD which includes Home tuition fees and stipend. The stipend and fees are at the UKRI rate (for 2020/21 is £15,285; £4,407 respectively).
Full and part time study options available.
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