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We have 11 Synthetic Chemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in York

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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Modular Synthetic Platform for the Optimisation of Fragment Hits to 3-D Lead Compounds for Medicinal Chemistry

Background. Fragment-based methods are established for the identification of lead compounds in drug discovery.[1] Fragments are small molecules (molecular weight ~150-300) which bind weakly to proteins. Read more

Synthesis of macrocycles and medium-sized rings via new ring expansion approaches

Summary. Macrocycles (12+ membered rings) and medium-sized rings (8–11-membered) are cyclic molecules with great potential in many scientific fields and technologies – especially in medicinal chemistry. Read more

Synthetic Approaches to Controlling Ruptured Aromaticity

Background. Aromaticity has been a fundamental principle of chemical bonding for over a century. It accounts for the unusually high stability of molecules such as benzene and its derivatives, which are found in all manner of natural and synthetic materials. Read more

Towards New Antivirals for the Treatment of COVID-19: Fragment-Based Lead Generation of Small Molecule Inhibitors of the Nsp3 Macrodomain in SARS-CoV-2

Background. Coronaviruses (CoVs) are important human pathogens and SARS-CoV-2 is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. Notwithstanding progress in available vaccines for COVID-19, there remains a need to develop small molecule drug candidates for treating COVID-19. Read more

The development of metal-based antibiotics

Background. Due to the widespread rise in microbial resistance, new classes of antimicrobial agents are urgently needed. However, only very few of the compounds in clinical development represent new structural classes. Read more

Studying protein homeostasis in healthy and malignant stem cell development

The Grey lab studies the role of protein homeostasis in healthy and malignant haematopoietic (blood) stem cell development. We focus on the proteome of healthy stem cells as they mature in vivo, expand in vitro and their therapeutic use for bone marrow transplantation. Read more

Studying the nitrogen cycle by advanced NMR methods

Nitrogen is present in our environment in a wide variety of forms that include organic nitrogen, ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, nitrous oxide, nitric oxide and nitrogen gas. Read more

New protein modification chemistries for studying protein structure and function

Chemically modified proteins can be used to understand, treat, and diagnose disease. However, relatively few chemical reactions can be used to modify proteins, severely limiting the diversity and applications of new technologies. Read more
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