PhD Studentship: Synthetic Medicinal, Organic and Electro Chemistry - Bridging the Fields

University of Greenwich - Faculty of Engineering and Science

The Project:

Electrosynthesis is a powerful tool in organic chemistry that circumvents the use of expensive and toxic reagents for the generation of reactive intermediates. During electrosynthesis, molecules are activated under mild and green conditions directly at the surface of an electrode. Even though a plethora of transformations have been developed and many of them were successfully used in several industrial processes the potential of preparative organic electrochemistry remains largely underestimated.

We have recently developed two novel electrochemical methodologies that allow generating organic and organometallic radicals under mild, green, economical and safe conditions. We have successfully applied those methodologies to the preparation of new types of anticancer drugs. 

We are now looking for a highly motivated PhD researcher to join our team and explore further the synthetic potential of these radicals. 

The candidate:

The project would be suitable for anyone with a strong background in synthetic chemistry and interest in the medicinal chemistry and electrochemistry as well as in drug development.

Research Environment:

The successful candidate will join a highly active research group in newly refurbished synthesis laboratories. The Department is well equipped with analytical equipment (including a glovebox, high-speed potentiostats, 4x Electrasyn 2.0, 4x NMR spectrometers, large mass spectrometry suite, etc.) 


The student will receive training in organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, drug design and in electrochemistry. Transferable skills, such as reporting of results orally and in writing, time management, project planning and management will be developed through university courses, Group meetings and conference attendance/presentations. 

For further information please contact the supervisor, Kevin Lam:

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance):

Year 1: £14,777.

Year 2: In line with RCUK rate.

Year 3: In line with RCUK rate.

The successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,260, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £9,240, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Scholarships are available for three years from the date scholars first register as a full-time MPhil/PhD student with the university. Applicants must meet the programme entry requirements. 

For additional information about the scholarship please go to: 

Please read this information before making an application. Applications need to be made online via other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information.  Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a research proposal *
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 8 June 2018.

The scholarship must commence in 31 October 2018.

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