Automated synthesis and characterisation of polymers

University of Liverpool

30 April 2023
Engineering and Technology

2 fully-funded PhD studentships are available in the area of polymer chemistry and automation as part of the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership ‘Cleaner Futures (Next-Generation Sustainable Materials for Consumer Products)’. The Prosperity Partnership is a collaboration between Unilever, the University of Liverpool and the University of Oxford. The aim of the partnership is to use disruptive innovation in the current chemical supply chain to achieve the UK Government's 2019 target of Net-Zero by 2050.

The project will be based in the materials discovery research group of Prof. Andy Cooper at the University of Liverpool (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/cooper-group/), where you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities in the Materials Innovation Factory (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/materials-innovation-factory). You will be part of a multidisciplinary team comprised of synthetic chemists, computational chemists, engineers and computer scientists, including collaborators at the University of Oxford and Unilever.

The key objectives for this project are:

To use automation and machine-learning to optimise the polymer chemistry in collaboration with the University of Oxford To develop automated methods for polymer characterisation We are looking for candidates with:

  • Experience in one (or more) of the following areas: organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, materials science or automation
  • Enthusiasm for multidisciplinary research, learning new skills and tackling complex problems through collaboration and teamwork
  • Excellent science communication and presentation skills
  • Awareness of Health & Safety procedures
  • Knowledge of coding (e.g. Python or C++) or data analysis tools would be advantageous
  • The position is available immediately.

Funded studentship Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to EPSRC website: https://www.ukri.org/our-work/developing-people-and-skills/find-studentships-and-doctoral-training/get-a-studentship-to-fund-your-doctorate/ The award will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years. The maintenance grant will be at the UKRI rate, currently £17,668 per annum for 2022-23, subject to possible increase . The award will pay full home tuition

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