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Organic Chemistry PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

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  Chemo-enzymatic Synthesis and Potential Applications of Novel Heterocyclic Alkaloids
  Dr H Deng, Dr L Trembleau
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. In Europe alone, drug-resistant bacteria are estimated to cause 25,000 deaths annually and cost more than US$1.5 billion every year in healthcare expenses and productivity losses.
  Development of antiviral peptidomimetic enzyme inhibitors
  Dr L Trembleau, Dr H Deng
Applications accepted all year round

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Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that circulate and evolve among various animals. They can cause mild human illnesses such as the common cold or more serious respiratory diseases as seen in the recent outbreaks of SARS (2002), MERS (2012), and COVID-19 (2019).
  Discovery of novel pharmaceuticals from marine and desert microorganisms
  Prof M Jaspars, Dr R Ebel
Applications accepted all year round

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Microorganisms from extreme environments such as the deep seas, cold seas and hyper arid deserts have been shown to produce a range of complex natural products with high biological activity.
  Genome mining of novel antimicrobial and antiviral natural products from new bacterial strains
  Dr H Deng, Dr R Ebel
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. In Europe alone, drug-resistant bacteria are estimated to cause 25,000 deaths annually and cost more than US$1.5 billion every year in healthcare expenses and productivity losses.
  New Products from a Sustainable Ammonia Cycle
  Dr M J Plater, Dr W T A Harrison
Applications accepted all year round

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Renewable sources of energy are essential for the world to improve its carbon footprint and to become carbon neutral. Solar power and wind are of increasing interest particularly in hot country’s with large areas of land for solar panels.
  Toward developing next-generation therapeutics - targeting the undruggable interactome
  Dr W Houssen, Prof M Jaspars, Dr L Trembleau
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Cyclic and modified cyclic peptides are very appealing scaffolds especially as therapeutics with several examples reach the clinic e.g.
  Development of Nano-Enabled Drug Carriers to Overcome Pan-Chemoresistance of Cancer Stem(-like) Cells
  Dr M Najlah
Applications accepted all year round

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The acquired resistance induced by repetitive exposure of cancer cells to anticancer drugs is one of the major limitations to successful chemotherapy.
  Development and tuning the optical properties of metal-free quantum dots
  Dr G Fern
Application Deadline: 26 June 2020

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Brunel University London (BUL) is recruiting to EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships effective 1 October 2020.
  Cooperative catalysts for the conversion of sustainable feedstocks
  Prof D Wass
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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This project is based in the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) and will explore new homogeneous catalysts in which multiple active sites work cooperatively to convert sustainable feedstocks into more valuable products.
  Earth-Abundant First Row Transition Metal Catalysis for Diverse Alcohol Functionalization
  Dr L Morrill
Applications accepted all year round

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Dr Louis Morrill (https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/69691-morrill-louis) is looking for a PhD student to work on the research project “Earth-Abundant First Row Transition Metal Catalysis for Diverse Alcohol Functionalization”.
  EPSRC DTP Hub – Biosensors and Diagnostics

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Cardiff University has established a new interdisciplinary training hub (IDTH) for a postgraduate student training and research program that addresses the urgent need for state-of-the-art biosensors and diagnostics.
  EPSRC DTP Hub – Sustainable Plastics

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These studentships will be part of Cardiff University's interdisciplinary doctoral training hub in sustainable plastics. The manufacture, performance and end-of-life (recycling, environmental fate) of polymers (plastics) is an area of intense current interest and importance.
  PhD in Chemistry: Single or Double? A Radical Approach to Synthesis via Frustrated Lewis Pairs Through EPR Characterisation
  Dr E Richards, Dr R Melen
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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This PhD project aims to characterise electron transfer processes that direct the chemical reactivity of Frustrated Lewis Pairs, opening the potential for divergent reactivities in organic synthesis and small molecule activation.
  School of Chemistry - Cardiff University

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 . Applications welcome. We welcome applications from UK, EU and International applicants wishing to study for a Chemistry PhD or MPhil at Cardiff University.
  Microalgae as an alternative for antimicrobial resistance pressure reduction
  Dr A Escudero
Application Deadline: 2 June 2020

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This project is one of 16 four year PhD Studentships funded by Medical Research Scotland (https://www.medicalresearchscotland.org.uk) to be delivered jointly by the named University and External Partner Organisation (EPO).
  PhD in the computational design of organic materials
  Dr Kim Jelfs
Applications accepted all year round

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A 36 month PhD position in computational chemistry is available within the research group of Dr.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Synthesis & Reaction Technology (rEaCt) - 5 Studentship Projects Available

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Fully funded EPSRC – and some industry-funded – studentships are available for Home Students and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start date a CDT studentship, i.e.
  Chemoenzymatic approaches to explore polysaccharide structure-property relationships
  Dr G J Miller
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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Polysaccharides are carbohydrate architectures containing multiple units of common monosaccharide precursors that are assembled into linear and branched chains where they constitute around 80% of biomass.
  Development of low molecular weight organogelators
  Dr J Bear
Applications accepted all year round

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Low Molecular Weight Organogelators (LMWOs) are small molecules, which are able to gel organic species through intermolecular supra-assembly.[1-4] This property makes them very useful for oil spill remediation and clean-up, as you can apply the LMWO to floating oil slicks; gel the oil and scoop it out of the water.
  Diffusion Ordered Spectroscopy NMR for the Rapid Identification of Medicinal Plants
  Dr JM Peron, Dr A Le Gresley
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Diffusion Ordered Spectroscopy (DOSY) is a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique that is used to analyse mixtures.[1–3] Put simply, NMR signals that overlap in 1D NMR spectra are separated in 2D DOSY spectra according to molecular size and those that belong to the same component align as they are governed by the same diffusion coefficient.
  Magnetic-polymer hydrogels for controlled drug release
  Dr A Perera, Dr N Hill, Prof M Fielder
Applications accepted all year round

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This dynamic, multidisciplinary project involves developing a facile technique to fabricate polymer hydrogels incorporated with Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) for controlled drug delivery applications.
  Synthesis and Anti-Cancer Evaluation of New Heterocyclic Quinones
  Prof F Aldabbagh, Dr N Hill
Applications accepted all year round

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The group has published on small molecules with specificity towards hypoxic cells associated with solid tumours, reductase enzymes over-expressed in cancer, as well as, aziridines that induce hypersensitivity from Fanconi anaemia cells and those carrying mutations in the BRCA (Breast Cancer Susceptibility) genes.
  Synthesis and Properties of Novel thermoresponsive polymers for water purification
  Dr S Barton, Dr J Barker
Applications accepted all year round

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Water is one of the basic necessities required for the sustenance and continuation of life. It is therefore important that supply of good quality water should be available for various activities.
  Synthesis of a toolbox of bioisosteric building blocks for drug discovery
  Dr S Wren
Applications accepted all year round

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This project involves the preparation of important building blocks that feature bioisosteres (for application in various medicinal chemistry contexts).
  PhD Studentship in Electrochemical Surface Science of Energy Storage Materials
  Dr S Mertens
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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A fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships in the area of electrochemical surface science of energy storage materials is available under the supervision of Dr Stijn (Stan) Mertens in the Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University, commencing in July 2020.
  PhD Scholarship in Highly Efficient Bifacial Organic Solar Cells
  Dr T Sajjad
Application Deadline: 15 July 2020

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Description. There has been an alarming increase in the atmospheric CO2 content since the mid-19th century primarily due to the use of fossil fuels for energy generation.
  Discovery of small molecules with bactericidal antomycobacterial activity against MDR strains
  Prof A Malkov, Dr G Weaver
Application Deadline: 1 October 2020

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Based on the structure of marine natural products showing some anti-tubercular (bacteriostatic) activity, we identified small molecules that exhibit bactericidal activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other pathogens.
  PhD Studentship: Detection of peroxynitrite using a reactive luminescent lanthanide probe
  Dr S Butler
Application Deadline: 22 August 2020

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Application details. Reference number. CM/SJB-Un1/2020. Start date of studentship. 1st October 2020. Closing date of advert. 22th August 2020.
  Activating Carbon Dioxide Utilising Atmospheric Pressure Gas Plasma
  Dr B Buckley, Dr F Iza
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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This project will be part of the Doctoral Training Centre on Plasma interactions with Liquids. The Buckley group has embarked on a programme of research directed at carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU) and has reported initial efforts in the area.
  Activation of Carbon Dioxide to the synthesis of Biologically Relevant Molecules
  Dr B Buckley
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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This project will look at the selective modification of compounds to deliver new/non-natural amino acids/peptides. The approach will use a new carboxylation process developed in our group.
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