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Regioregular phthalocyanines for phototherapy

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

This project based within Dr Robert Edkins’ Group will use synthetic chemistry and photophysical measurements to develop phthalocyanines for photothermal and photodynamic therapy with combined photoacoustic or fluorescence capabilities. This will build on recent unpublished work from our group on developing a suite of methods to synthesise highly functionalised phthalocyanines with regiocontrol. Using photophysical methods, you will then characterize your photosensitizers before testing cell viability in the presence and absence of light.

You will join a growing research group with interests spanning the synthesis, photophysical characterisation and application of chromophores for sensing of analytes, bio-imaging, and optoelectronic applications. You will be based in in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, which is situated at the centre of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, which offers many attractions, an international airport, and ideal access to the Scottish Highlands and West Coast.

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK masters honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK, in chemistry or a related degree and have an interest in synthetic chemistry as well as a willingness to learn optical spectroscopy and microscopy techniques. You should be highly motivated, independent, with strong problem-solving abilities and the ability to work as part of a team. Please get in touch to discuss your research area of interest.

Funding Notes

Self-funded students are strongly encouraged to apply. We also support applications to competitive international, UK and Scottish studentship schemes. Please get in touch to discuss your options.


All applications must be submitted via email (subject line: PhD applicant) and include the following:

1) A cover letter (max 1 page) explaining your interest and research area of interest
2) A CV (maximum three pages).
3) Names and contact details of TWO references (including email addresses).
4) A copy of your academic transcripts.

How good is research at University of Strathclyde in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Glasgow)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 35.40

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