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PhD in Chemistry: New flow chemistry methods to access energetic materials

   Cardiff School of Chemistry

  Prof T Wirth  Friday, August 19, 2022  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Within the proposed programme of research, alternative starting materials for the flow chemical synthesis of the hexaazaisowurtzitane structure will be explored. This might lead to the development of a new synthesis of CL-20, one of the most interesting energetic materials discovered in recent years. The prospect of new reactions to be carried out in flow will be enabled by inline monitoring of the reactions and a fine-tuning of reaction conditions through an automated flow synthesis system. The developed methodology will also be used to establish alternative synthetic routes to other energetic materials.

Academic criteria

Suitable applicants will have a should hold a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent). 

English Language

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


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Application deadline Friday 19th August

We reserve the right to close this post early if sufficient applications are received. Early application is advised.

If you wish to have an informal chat with the supervisor about this project, please feel free to contact them directly.

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 this post.

Start date: 1st October 2022

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive environment for all. We welcome applications from all members of the global community irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

Funding Notes

A 3.5 year UK studentship with UKRI level stipend and fees (21/22 level - tuition fees £4500, stipend £15,609 per annum)
This studentship is open to Home, EU or Overseas Candidates. However, Overseas and EU candidates (without settled status) should note that they will be required to cover the difference between Home and Overseas/EU fees each year.

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