PhD Studentship in the Synthesis and Application of Smart and Responsive Bio-inspired Hierarchical Materials.

University of Kent

Supervisor: Dr Aniello Palma

A funded PhD position is available in the field of Organic Chemistry in the laboratory of Dr Aniello Palma at the University of Kent. Dr Palma's research focuses on the synthesis of novel organic constructs and materials with applications in biomedical science, responsive nanomaterials and medicinal chemistry.

The aim of this project is to use a bottom-up approach in order to prepare stimuli responsive hierarchical structures and novel smart materials. The project will involve the rational design and synthesis of small molecules which will form the building blocks of self-assembling supramolecular constructs. Following preparation, these constructs will require analytical characterisation. The successful candidate will develop a deep understanding of multi-step synthetic chemistry and will gain experience in a wide range of experimental and analytical techniques. This scholarship represents an ideal stepping stone towards a successful career in academia or industry.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Kent's main campus in Canterbury as part of the Functional Materials Group, and will work under the supervision of Dr Aniello Palma.

This PhD Studentship is due to start in September-October 2018.

Entry requirements and Funding: Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject. Applicants must have a strong interest in synthetic organic chemistry. Previous working knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry is highly desirable, but not essential. This is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship, which will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £14,296 per annum; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,121 per annum). This scholarship is available to both UK and EU nationals and will involve undertaking teaching/demonstrating duties during their period of study.


Contact: For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Aniello Palma, .

How to Apply: To apply please go to:

You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references).

Deadline for Applications: 6th February 2018

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