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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry

4-year PhD Scholarships in Chemistry, Engineering, Biosciences and Business available

EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry

Fully funded 48-months Scholarship Available

EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry is inviting applications from a suitable qualified graduates for a fully funded 4-years PhD scholarship working on a specific project entitled ‘Sustainable Synthesis: Design of Functional Molecules and materials’ partly funded by Croda.

About the Project

Sustainable and environmentally friendly processes are advancing steadily for example in the production of chemical and pharmaceuticals, but also food and feedstock. Cosmetics are perhaps the next frontier and organic ingredient, natural plant extracts etc. are highly appealing for the consumer and the market share is enormous.

This project targets a major challenge in personal care which is to find a benign alternative to harsh chemicals currently used in the formulation of hair straighteners products. The standard process involves the employment of chemical relaxers (requiring high pH and containing strong alkali) to break the sulfur-sulfur bonds between keratin strands, straighten the hair and reset the bonds. We want to develop an enzymatic system which will be able to modify the hair structure (reducing disulfide bonds in place of the chemical treatment) under physiological conditions.

About the Research Group

This project will be based with Dr Francesca Paradisi research group and in collaboration with Croda and Dr. Jeremy Bartosiak-Jentys in their Biotechnology R&D group who has a keen interested in bringing biotechnology beyond its current state of the art.

More information about Paradisi group can be found on www.paradisiresearch.com.

About the EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry Programme

This scholarship is offered as a part of EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry and the student will be expected to complete full training programme offered by the Centre. The benefits from this scholarship include:

  • Innovative training approach and continuous professional development
  • Interdisciplinary exposure
  • Industry links and mentorship
  • Peer support network
  • Generous travel and consumables budget
  • Fully funded 3-month placement in industry or another higher education institution

Application criteria

Ideally the candidates are expected to hold at least an upper second class honours degree with a recognizable amount of chemical science content, from a 4-year undergraduate course (MSci, MChem, MEng, etc.) or equivalent qualification. This qualification could include Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or other first-degree topics with a directed input to the theme of sustainability and sustainable chemicals processing.

How to apply

Please send your CV to Dr Francesca Paradisi on [email protected]

Full scholarship available to Home and UK students only.

Application deadline: 6 March 2018

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