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Integrated Catalysis

EPSRC CDT PhD in Integrated Catalysis

Developing a new generation of interdisciplinary chemists and engineers specialising in bio and chemo catalysis.

Our fully-funded, four-year Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) PhD in Integrated Catalysis (iCAT) will train students in chemical catalysis, biological catalysis and process engineering, connecting these disciplines and helping to transform the way molecules are made.

Why undertake an CDT PhD in Integrated Catalysis?

  • Learn from supervisors with a combination of world-leading expertise in process engineering, biocatalysis and chemocatalysis.
  • Benefit from strong partnerships with industry - both multinational companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Become comfortable working in both bio and chemo catalysis fields, exploiting their synergies for the discovery and production of molecules essential to society.
  • Develop under the management of a world-class supervisory team, with guidance from a distinguished International Advisory Group.
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About the programme

The UK has one of the world's top-performing chemical industries, achieving outstanding levels of growth, exports, productivity and international investment. iCAT will deliver a new generation of chemistry and engineering leaders with the requisite skills to lead the industry across its various sectors.

It will develop an integrated approach to the training of scientists and engineers working in both bio and chemo catalysis, transforming the way molecules are made. Graduates entering the chemical industry now need the skills and agility to work across a broad base of catalysis - this CDT will help meet this requirement.

A unique team of CDT supervisors with world-leading expertise in process engineering, biocatalysis and chemocatalysis has been assembled, along with industry partnerships to develop iCAT projects and training material. The CDT has a strong cohort identity that is networked, enthusiastic and outward looking.

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PhD students have historically been trained in chemo-catalysis or bio-catalysis, but seldom both. iCAT will transform this training model to integrate both regimes of catalysis, with PhD projects that embrace both enzymatic reactions (eg asymmetric functional group chemistry) and metal catalysis (eg carbon-carbon bond formation).

The training will deliver skilled molecule-makers with a unique combination of expertise who are comfortable working across the full range of catalysis processes.

You will also be taught professional skills in a context of responsible research and innovation, working towards a portfolio of innovative, interdisciplinary projects that address key scientific themes for sustainable synthesis.

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How to apply

Applicants should be from the UK/EU. You should have obtained or be about to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or an overseas equivalent. The degree should be in a relevant area of science or engineering.

If you would like to apply for an CDT PhD in Integrated Catalysis and meet the eligibility criteria, please complete an online application.

Key dates

  • Applications for 2019 projects are now open.
  • The closing date for applications is Saturday, 16 March 2019.
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Contact us

If you have any queries about the application process, the projects on offer or your eligibility, please contact Professor Michael Greaney.

If you would to find out more about our Centres for Doctoral Training, and are happy for us to contact you about this, please complete and submit our form.