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PhD Project: New biodegradable polymers via metal-catalysed polymerization. (PhD Chemistry)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 01, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Summary of Cluster

Plastic has changed the way we live, but the time has come to address the way in which it is used and disposed of. We urgently need new ways of thinking about the problems of plastic use.

The so-called “Circular Economy” represents an alternative, more sustainable model to the traditional linear economy. A linear model follows the path of make, use and dispose. In a circular economy however, we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their service life.

The University of Hull (UoH) has been awarded an £1.1M institutional award from the UKRI for a Creative Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminating Plastics Waste project entitled ‘Evolving a Circular Plastics Economy’. This project will enable us to drive forward exiting innovative cross-disciplinary research and is intended to very rapidly catalyse new ideas across the research landscape.

As part of this project, UoH is also funding a Circular Economy PhD cluster, where the successful students will become part of one of the largest interdisciplinary groups holistically researching reducing plastics waste in the UK, with over 24 academics working together in our Plastics Collaboratory.

The Project

As part of the Circular Economy PhD cluster, this mostly lab-based project will involve novel catalytic chemistry to develop biodegradable biopolymers with useful plastic properties. The new metal-based catalysts and the resulting polymeric materials will be fully characterized using a variety of techniques such as multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (single crystal & powder), mass spectrometry etc… Experience of inert atmosphere techniques (Schlenk lines & dry boxes) and an interest in catalysis/polymer chemistry is desirable.

Requirements

This project will require a 1st class Undergraduate Degree in Chemistry or a Masters level qualification in synthetic chemistry, together with relevant research experience. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

Studentships will start on 16th September 2019

Funding Notes

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 15th May 2019 at the latest.

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