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Graduate Admissions


Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the group of Professor Oren Scherman working on a project sponsored by AB Agri that will develop new methodologies based on supramolecular chemistry for the stabilisation of enzymes in feedstock formulations. New approaches to enzyme stabilisation are an urgent need as the current formulations are limited by poor stability to harsh conditions (high temperature, pH changes, etc.) often required for efficient processing. Here the potential synergies between emergent formulation technology developed within the Scherman group and application towards processing issues faced by AB Agri will be explored.

The project will require a multi-disciplinary approach across the areas of supramolecular, molecular, organic/biological chemistry and nanotechnology. Candidates must have strong motivation to work on a multi-disciplinary project and a desire to learn a range of synthetic skills ranging from traditional organic synthesis, polymer functionalisation and host-guest chemistry in aqueous environments. In addition, they will also learn a wide range of characterisation and analytical skills. Moreover, the candidate will also be exposed to an industrial environment through the collaboration with AB Agri.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second-class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemistry or other relevant discipline. The studentship will provide a maintenance grant and payment of tuition fees. There is no restriction on nationality.

Applications should emailed in the form of a single pdf file (less than 2MB), and should include a CV, detailed academic transcripts, a cover letter highlighting what you can bring to the project, and the contact details for two academic referees. Applications should be sent to both Professor Oren Scherman (email: and Dr Elisabetta Spigone (email:

Please quote reference MA11563 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Key Information

Department of Chemistry

Reference: MA11563

Dates and deadlines:

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Closing Date
Wednesday, 31 May, 2017