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Sustainable photopigments for skin protection

   School of Design

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  Dr Natalia Sergeeva, Dr C Bosch, Prof Francisco Goycoolea  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Frequent sun exposure is a complex challenge for human health and indirectly impacts the environment through an excessive use of sun protective products. Prolonged exposure to sunlight is linked to erythema, photoageing, melanoma and most non-melanoma skin cancers. Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer diagnosed in the UK. Sunscreens are a vital part of photoprotective strategies used in both daily and seasonal skin care products.

Applicants are invited to apply for a fully funded PhD programme to help develop smart multifunctional materials with anti-inflammatory action for solar protection to aid regeneration of the skin and support skin growth avoiding unnecessary scarring.

The project seeks to understand the mechanisms of skin damage and repair caused by free radicals and how the materials interact with light. Finally, it seeks to explore green and sustainable alternatives to standard pigments and chemical filters, which have shown detrimental effects to marine life and accumulate in human body.

The successful applicant will join the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), a collaborative international research Institute that applies academic expertise, working together with external partners, both industrial from across the world, to address global challenges and sustainable development in textile and colour industries. We are focused on the development of innovative science and technology, materials, methods and processes.

Applicants must have a strong chemistry background, with a good understanding of biology related disciplines and/ or analytical chemistry also desirable.

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

Funding Notes

This is a highly competitive scholarship consisting of the award of fees with an annual maintenance grant of 17,688 GBP for 3 years.
The Scholarships are available to start as soon as possible. All candidates will be assessed and selection is based on academic merit.

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