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PhD Studentship: Design and Synthesis of Biodegradable Polymers

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,777 Funding is available for UK/EU or international applicants for 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th February 2019
Closes: 8th April 2019

Industry Fund Pujin Ltd.Co

Supervisor Chaoying Wan

PhD maintenance plus industrial top-up: £17,777

Project Overview

Highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD position jointly between the International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing (IINM), WMG and the department of Chemistry, available to commence on 30th September 2019 in the Wan Group and Haddleton Group at the University of Warwick, UK.

This is a challenging and unique PhD opportunity for a student with a good chemistry synthesis background interested in polymer chemistry and biodegradable polymers. 

The aim of the project is to develop novel biodegradable polymers with designed macromolecular structures and controllable biodegradability. The PhD will involve ring-opening, condensation and controlled radical polymerisation techniques. A wide range of advanced analytical methods including GPC, NMR, SAXS/WAXS, XRD, electron microscopy and thermal analysis will be employed. Full training will be provided in the relevant skills. 

By joining the research group, you will be well situated to learn new synthesis skills, access to excellent facilities for polymer synthesis and characterisation, as well as communicate with excellent polymer researchers in the groups. You will also have the opportunity to work and interact with the industry sponsor. 

Eligibility and desired qualities 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Hold (or expect to hold) a 1st or upper 2nd class MSc / MChem / BSc or equivalent,
  • Understand and have experience in polymer synthesis and structure characterisation, in particular ring-opening polymerisation and condensation polymerisation.
  • Have a passion and motivation to challenge the state of the art in an exciting new technology application space. 

Informal enquiries 

Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements before filling in the online form. As part of the application, please supply your CV, grades and qualifications (achieved and/or expected), and personal statement on why you think you should be considered for this position to Dr Wan,

Funding Notes

PhD maintenance plus industrial top-up: £17,777. Funding is available for UK/EU or international applicants for 3.5 years.


To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

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