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Syntheses and characterization of compounds of forensic interest using novel methodologies/technologies.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The successful candidate will initially characterize new psychoactive substances (NPS) of forensic interest and then investigate the syntheses of these compounds, using microscale procedures, where the material is not isolated or characterized but its identity is deduced from spectral data and through certainty given by the synthetic route chosen. This is an evolving approach in forensic drug chemistry and it has great potential for future development (G. Dowling et al., Drug Test Anal. 2018;1–11. Microscale methodologies will be compared with traditional larger scale preparative protocols. Materials produced by such larger scale syntheses will be sent for pharmacological evaluation.

Parallel to this, novel and evolving spectroscopic techniques, such as benchtop NMR spectroscopy will be explored for their potential use in forensic drug analysis of NPS. NMR and microscale synthesis provides the opportunity to introduce an extremely powerful, inherently quantitative, analytical technique into the forensic drug chemistry arena. The NMR analysis technique is non-destructive and has potential to be used in multiple forensic applications.

The candidate will be a part of the dynamic research team based in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Opportunities will arise, during this research, for the candidate to visit these sites.

To be eligible the candidate must go to the following website

Under the following section of the page
Application process for IT Sligo President’s Bursaries/IT Sligo/Connaught Ulster Alliance Bursaries

Download the application form and it must be emailed to (based in the Research Office) and (Academic Lead) by the application deadline.

Funding Notes

Bursaries have two elements:
a.Maintenance grant €13,000 p.a.
b.Tuition fees (currently €819 p.a.) will be paid by the Institute for all holders of student bursaries. Students are liable for their registration fee. The registration fee for 2019-2020 8 is €3,000 p.a. This will be deducted from maintenance grant, with the balance - €10k paid directly to the awardee’s account, monthly. Annual Award: €13,819
A further allocation for consumables may be made, on a case-by-case basis, up to €2k p/a for desk-based projects and €4k p/a for laboratory/field based projects, available for drawdown during the bursary period, but no later.

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