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PhD Studentship: Sustainable Electrochemical Strategies for the Removal of Metal Based Catalysts from Process Solutions

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: see advert text.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th December 2020
Closes: 15th March 2021

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship in the Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick. The project is led by Prof Julie Macpherson and is funded by the University of Warwick and the industrial company AstraZeneca. It is aimed at using electrochemical processes to remove platinum group metal (Pd, Pt, Ir etc) catalysts from pharmaceutical process streams with an overall aim of demonstrating scale up. The method enables recovery of the metal catalyst in a form it can be reused and is thus sustainable. This builds on electrochemical approaches developed in (Green Chemistry, 2019, 21, 4662-4672) with a view to extending to many different solvent-based and catalyst systems. It is a multi-faceted project where the student can develop research skills in e.g. electrochemical deposition, non-aqueous solvent systems, 3D printing, high resolution microscopy, flow cell design and scale up. The student will also benefit from interactions with Astra Zeneca.

Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK first or upper second-class degree in chemistry, physics or chemical engineering (or related subjects). The studentship will commence in October 2021 (although an earlier start is possible based on your availability). Experience of some form of electrochemistry is helpful but not essential.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Prof. Julie Macpherson ( for further details, along with a CV. Further information about the research of Prof. Macpherson can be found at:

The Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group are internationally renowned, offering an excellent research environment with world class facilities dedicated to electrochemical and interfacial research, see:

The studentships pay a stipend to cover maintenance as well as paying the university fees and research training support. The stipend is at the standard UKRI rate (for 2021/22 that is £15,285 per annum).

Non- UK applicants will be considered only if they qualify for the UK fees rate or are able to fund the overseas fees differential.

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