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PhD Studentship – Photochemical Routes to High Value Fine Chemicals

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  • Full or part time
    Prof D Harrowven
    Prof B Linclau
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The project seeks to use and develop new photochemical transformations to rapidly build complex and useful fine chemicals. Replacing toxic, hazardous and expensive reagents/catalysts with photons necessarily improves sustainability, reduces waste and removes any risk to a supply chain arising from an increase in demand for a give metal or political instability.

The project draws on our experience in developing flow and photochemical methods for the synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients and chemical scaffolds. It also benefits from the expertise of collaborators in The Universities of Caen and Rouen with whom there may be opportunities for exchange visits to develop projects of mutual interest and benefit. [See W. Sun, D. C. Wilson, M. E. Light, D. C. Harrowven
Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 4346-4349; T. P. Goncalves, M. Mohamed, R. J. Whitby, H. F. Sneddon, D. C. Harrowven Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 4531-4534. D. C. Harrowven, M. Mohamed, T. P. Goncalves, R. J. Whitby, D. Bolien, H. F. Sneddon Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 4405-4408].

The PhD is part of wider European Regional Development Fund sponsored collaboration, LabFact, that aims to strengthen Cross-Channel academic and industry partnerships in synthetic organic chemistry for the benefit of our region. Its primary aim is to develop clean routes to fine chemicals and useful chemical scaffolds using sustainable techniques that minimise the use of chemical reagents.

Funding Notes

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. David Harrowven ([email protected])

The project is funded for 3 years and welcomes applicants from the UK/EU who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in Chemistry or another relevant discipline.

Funding will cover fees and a stipend at current research council rates of £14,777 per annum (201819). Due to funding restrictions, this position is only open to UK/EU applicants who meet the RCUK eligibility requirements.


Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at

Please ensure you select the academic session 2018-2019 in the academic year field and click on the Research radio button. Enter Chemistry in the search text field.

Please place Prof. David Harrowven in the field for proposed supervisor/project

General enquiries should be made Prof. David Harrowven at [email protected] Any queries on the application process should be made to [email protected]

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified

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