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Postgraduate Scholarship in Chemistry Focusing on Smart Polymer Materials

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A funded PhD position is available in the field of Polymer Chemistry in the laboratory of Dr Simon Holder in the Supramolecular, Interfacial and Synthetic Chemistry (SISC) Group at the University of Kent (Canterbury campus).

Smart materials, materials whose properties and behaviour can be altered by external stimuli such as temperature, light, moisture and stress have many potential applications particularly in soft robotics, drug delivery and sensors. Since polymers are substantially larger than simple molecules (typically 10 to 100 nanometres in length) changes in their properties upon light irradiation or change in temperature for instance, are often considerably greater than for simple molecules as a consequence of cooperative effects along and between polymer chains. Thus polymers are ideal candidates for future technologies in smart material applications.

This project will focus on the design and synthesis of novel polymers and copolymers and involve synthesis, characterisation and studies of their properties including their self-assembling (supramolecular) behaviour. Training will be provided in all aspects of laboratory synthesis, characterisation techniques for polymers such as NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance and GPC (gel permeation chromatography) and physical property measurements such as DSC (differential scanning calorimetry), TEM (transmission electron microscopy) and DLS (dynamic light scattering).

The successful candidate will develop a deep understanding of polymer chemistry and will gain experience in a wide range of experimental and analytical techniques as part of a vibrant group (SISC) and work in a lab with MSc, PhD and postdoctoral researchers. This scholarship represents an ideal stepping stone towards a successful career in academia or industry.

Entry requirements and Funding: Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject.

How to Apply: To apply please go to []
You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, personal statement, transcript of results, two academic references).

Funding Notes

This project will either be funded as an EPSRC PhD scholarship or a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship. In either case funding will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £15,009; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,327 per annum). The Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship is available to both UK and EU nationals and will involve undertaking teaching/demonstrating duties during the period of study.

How good is research at University of Kent in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 17.00

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