PhD Studentship: Crystal growth and polymorphic transformations of molecular materials

The University of Manchester

This project is being pursued in collaboration with Syngenta. The successful applicant will be part of a larger research group supervised by Dr. Cruz-Cabeza and Prof. Davey.

Understanding the molecular processes that underpin phase transitions between crystal forms of molecular solids has an important impact for both process technology and product formulation and stability. In this project the student will be looking specifically at the role of crystal growth rate kinetics in controlling such processes.

The successful student will master techniques such as X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, thermal analysis, vibrational spectroscopy as well as becoming expert in crystallisation techniques regularly used both in academia and in industry. The student will also be trained in computational modelling of molecular systems.

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Physics.

The funding for this 3.5-year project covers fees at the Home student rate and minimum annual stipend of £14,296 per annum for eligible UK and EU applicants. EU nationals must have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the programme to be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend). Other EU nationals may be eligible for a fees-only award.

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