PhD Studentship – Metal Chelation Studies Using Phosphonium Salts

Loughborough University

Funding Information: The studentship is for three years full-time or six years part-time and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,668 per annum (pro rata for part-time) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK or international rate. Please note that the studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project.

The studentship is co-sponsored by the Solvay Group, a global leader in Materials, Chemicals and Solutions, and the project will be based at Loughborough University within the School of Science. The Chemistry Department has an active current portfolio of research projects. Phosphorus compounds are well known and commercially used for a diverse range of applications including water treatment. The Solvay group are a leading commercial supplier of phosphorus based technologies including phosphonium salts which are widely targeted as water treatment biocides against sulphur reducing bacteria. This exciting project will aim to address the questions of earth abundant metal chelation efficacy and furthermore will probe the mechanism of dissolution of these metal species. You will be actively supported by the Principal and Industrial Investigators to pursue this research programme. This project will involve extensive laboratory based synthesis and a range of characterisation techniques including NMR, FT-IR, and crystallographic methods.

Loughborough University has an applied research culture. In REF 2021, 94% of the work submitted was judged to be top-rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. We are a community based on mutual support and collaboration. Through our Doctoral College  there are continual opportunities for building important research skills and networks among your peers and research academics.

Closing Date 12th June 2023

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