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Research Opportunities

Bioactive Chemistry and Synthesis

Drug reactivity in lipid membranes

Contact - Dr John Sanderson (

Structure-based design of synthetic retinoid derivatives with enhanced biological activity (4-year MRC CASE award)

Contact Dr Ehmke Pohl (

  • Inhibitors of LmIPCS – New therapies for leishmaniasis
  • Chemical genetic approaches to increased crop biomass

Contact Professor Patrick Steel (

Catalysis and Sustainable Chemical Processes

Selective catalytic dimerisation of linear alpha-olefins (with Sasol Technology UK)
Contact Dr Phil Dyer (

VOC-free crosslinking technologies for coatings applications
Contact Professor Andy Whiting (

Computational & Dynamics

Measurement of the temperature dependence of the branching ratio of water forming reactions at the low temperatures (10 K) of the interstellar medium
Contact Dr David Carty (

The mechanism of electron capture to form anions
Contact Professor David Tozer ( or Dr Jan Verlet (

The development and testing of coarse-grained simulations approaches to modelling crystallization in polymer melts and the influence of additives on local order and physical properties
Contact Professor Mark Wilson (

Functional Molecules & Materials

Optical spectroscopy for the investigation of works of art and counterfeit goods.
Contact Professor Andrew Beeby (

Graphene functional fluids
Contact Professor Karl Coleman (

NMR characterisation of non-crystalline pharmaceuticals (GSK-supported studentship)
Contact Dr Paul Hodgkinson (

  • Nanostructures for applications in solid catalyst materials
  • In situ spectroscopy for understanding the way heterogeneous catalysts work (Candidate must be flexible to spend some time at Diamond/Harwell site Oxfordshire)

Contact Dr Simon Beaumont (

Solid-state NMR studies of novel battery materials
Contact Dr Karen Johnston (

Mixen anion functional materials for magnetic and electronic applications
Contact Professor John Evans (

Liquid crystal enhanced super resolution microscopy
Contact Dr Robert Pal (

Physical Organic and Assembly

Pharmaceutical solid form and gel self-assembly
Contact Professor Jon Steed (

Soft Matter and Interfaces

  • Deposition and reaction at surfaces under flow (Industrial CASE Award with Procter and Gamble)
  • Imaging and spectroscopy of thin films on surfaces

Contact Professor Colin Bain (

General PhD Opportunities