A 42-month PhD studentship in the research group of Roman Boulatov at the Chemistry Department, University of Liverpool, is available starting October 2015. The student will play the central role in the collaboration between my group and our academic partners in the US and a major multinational corporation to develop a new class of smart materials based on stress-responsive polymers. Stress-response polymers comprise an emerging class of polymeric materials that demonstrate “productive” responses to mechanical deformation. Whereas conventional polymers weaken when subjected to repeated mechanical stresses and eventually fail, the materials we are developing actually become stronger the more they are stressed. This project is based on a unique approach to studying and exploiting mechanochemistry of polymers that my group had developed (Nature Commun. 2013, 4, 2538; Nature Chem., 2013, 5, 84; Nature Nanotech., 2009, 4, 302; Nature, 2012, 487, 176). The student will be able to choose to focus in organic and materials synthesis, physicochemical measurements or computations and theory. The student will also have an opportunity to conduct some research at our academic and industrial collaborators throughout the US and EU. Applicants should hold a Masters-level degree in Chemistry, or equivalent, and some research experience in organic or materials synthesis, or physical measurements, or computations.
To apply, email a complete CV (including the names and contact addresses of 3 individuals capable of providing confidential letters of reference) and a covering letter outlining your qualifications to Roman Boulatov at [email protected]
Please refer to the EPSRC website for eligibility requirements http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/. The award will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant of £14,057 for 3.5 years.
If you are interested in joining the Group but are not eligible for this position, you may qualify for a similar position in Polymer Mechanochemistry.
The application process will be open until the position is filled or until the 15 March 2016, whichever is sooner.