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Synthetic Chemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 246 Synthetic Chemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

If your passion is in the development of new chemical structures, you could be working on cutting-edge research in the field of synthetic chemistry. Most PhDs in Synthetic Chemistry involve developing and testing new materials and chemicals, often in collaboration with other departments.

What's it like to study a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry?

As a graduate student, you'll be working towards an independent thesis that will make a significant contribution to the field of Synthetic Chemistry. You'll likely divide your time between lab-based research, writing and reviewing sections of your thesis, and attending supervisory meetings.

Possible research areas include:

  • Organic synthesis
  • Molecular design and synthesis
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Biological chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Nanomaterials
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Energy materials

You may also be asked to take modules in areas such as scientific writing, research methods, and laboratory skills, which are taught through attached research centres and departments.

Most PhDs in Synthetic Chemistry last three years. However, it is possible to transfer to a Research Masters at the end of your first year, which will result in an award of MPhil.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. A Masters may be required, though this is sometimes optional.

PhD in Synthetic Chemistry funding options

You can apply for a research council studentship which covers the cost of your tuition fee and a living cost allowance. You may also be able to apply for a government loan. It is worth checking with your prospective supervisor about funding options before you apply.

PhD in Synthetic Chemistry careers

Expertise in chemistry and chemical engineering makes it easy to find a job in research, pharmaceuticals, forensics or academia. You could also use your skills and knowledge to work in the chemical industry.

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Experimental discovery of new Inorganic Materials Towards Net Zero Technologies

New inorganic materials are needed to advance technologies such as batteries for electric vehicles and grid storage, catalysts for biomass conversion or water splitting for hydrogen generation, photovoltaics for solar energy conversion, and to develop our basic scientific understanding of the connection between chemical composition, crystal structure and physical properties. Read more

Discovery of Functional Inorganic Materials for Net Zero Applications using High-Throughput Synthesis

This project will use high-throughput solid state synthesis methods developed in the group (Hampson 2023) to accelerate the discovery of new functional inorganic (oxide) materials for applications towards net zero technologies e.g. Read more

Experimental Discovery of New Ionic Conducting Materials Towards Net-Zero Technologies

The discovery of new inorganic materials is necessary to advance sustainable technologies, such as batteries and fuel cells which provide alternative routes to energy production that are critical for modern society to achieve net zero. Read more

PhD Studentship in Structural Battery Electrodes

Structural batteries, or structural materials that possess the ability to store and deliver electrical energy, could play a pivotal role in decarbonising challenging industries such as aviation, by integrating the power source within, say, the aeroplane fuselage itself. Read more

Photonics for Net Zero Enabled by Patternable Boron-Phosphide Polymers

The manipulation of light in optoelectronic devices is a cornerstone for the delivery of Net Zero, for example in low-energy optical computing (silicon-photonics) and green hydrogen generation from water (photocatalysis). Read more

Modular Synthesis of Medicinally Relevant Macrocycles via Cascade Ring Expansion Reactions

Background and novelty. Macrocycles (12+ membered rings) and medium-sized rings (8–11 membered) have great potential in medicinal chemistry but are hard to make using current synthetic methods. Read more

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