PhD Studentship: 3D Printed Chemical Reactors with Embedded Functionality

Loughborough University

Start date of studentship: 1st October 2018

Closing date for applications: 16th February 2018

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor: Dr Steve Christie

Secondary supervisor: Dr Paul Roach

Loughborough is a world leader in the preparation and use of 3D printed chemical reactors, particularly with embedded analytical functionality. We are one of a few groups to design and prepare 3D printed reactors using a variety of different techniques. By embedding sensors into the reactors, we can accurately monitor reactions as they progress. This allows the optimisation of reactions in real time through a Design of Experiments, or an automation approach. This project will look at further integration of these diverse techniques to produce highly optimised reactors for the production of hard to access products, and utilising novel chemistry. The successful applicant will be well-trained in computer aided design, 3D printing, online analysis, reaction optimisation and automation, as well as advanced organic synthesis.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Full Project Detail:

The use of 3D printing for chemistry applications has grown in the last few years. Loughborough has been in the field since the beginning and has access to a range of 3D printing techniques. We utilise these reactors to enable chemistry in new and interesting ways. Of particular interest is the embedding of analytical sensors: thermocouples, fibre optics for spectroscopy etc. This allows us to monitor reactions in real time, and by different techniques. Using this information, we can then optimise the chemical process under study in a much more detailed manner. We can go further and analyse reactions over a wider reaction space, and potentially look at automating the optimisation protocols. The project will involve several complementary and interdisciplinary areas: computer aided design; 3D printing; synthetic chemistry; analytical techniques; reaction monitoring; automation techniques. The successful project will see a student well trained in these emerging areas, which are sought after in industry.

Find out more:

www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/chemistry/staff/academic-research/steve-christie

www.lboro.ac.uk/science/study/postgraduate-research/studentships

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Chemistry.

Funding information:

This studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or any of the advertised projects prioritised for funding by the School of Science.

The 3-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £14,553 (2017 rate) per annum (in line with the standard research council rates) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Steve Christie

Email: s.d.christie@lboro.ac.uk

Tel: +44 1509 222587

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research. Under programme name, select Chemistry.

Please quote reference number: SC/CM/2018

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