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Students will study for a multidisciplinary PhD in Analytical Science. There is a wide pool of Warwick supervisors from Chemistry & Physics, Engineering & Manufacturing, Life Sciences & Medicine and Statistics, as well as industrial partners from the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and additives sectors and instrument manufacturers. Each MSc or PhD research project will be aimed at the creation of new instrumentation and techniques or improvements to existing methods to solve real-world problems that cannot be tackled now.

Four years' funding is provided, with two recruitment routes offered:

A) 1+3: MSc followed by PhD, with the choice of the PhD project made during the MSc (during the second 10-week project).

2020 1 + 3 MSc + PhD Project Areas
Area Projects Supervisor Partners



Novel statistical methods for large datasets from FTICR Mass spectrometry

Simon Spencer and Mark Barrow

Applying Bayesian statistics to NMR crystallography Simon Spencer and Steven Brown N/A
Is Your Tumor Treatable? Functional Data Analysis of Dynamic Optoacoustic Tomography Imaging Shahin Tavokoli

Sarah Bohndiek (Cancer Research UK, Cambridge)
Michal Tomaszewski (Moffitt)

AstraZeneca (Allocated)

AZ have collaborated on projects in many areas of analytical Science including diffraction, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry and NMR with the previous CDT, you can see a list of projects they are included in on the MAS CDT website

To be confirmed during MSc year



B) Direct recruitment to a specific PhD project, with 60 CATS of MSc modules taken in the first year of the PhD (leading to a certificate).

PhD Projects October 2020
Status ID Title Supervisors Partners
Recruitment paused PU-2020-SYN

Understanding how molecules are delivered to biosurfaces from evaporating droplets

Pat Unwin

Allocated KB-2020-ESA

Solar-assisted oxygen and fuel production for long-term space travels and Moon habitats

Katharina Brinkert

European Space Agency
Allocated PS-2020-BR

Extreme performance mass spectrometry for metals in biology and medicine

Peter J. Sadler and Pete O'Connor

Allocated PO-2020-VI

Evaluation of the capabilities of 2-dimensional mass spectrometry in a variety of molecular systems

Pete O'Connor (Chemistry)

Verdel Instruments
Allocated RW-2020-BYK

Exploring Magnesium Chemistry : From Reactive Precursors To Synthetic Minerals

Richard Walton (Chemistry)

Allocated RM-2020-DLS

Developing light-driven molecular switches for use on solid substrates

Reinhard Maurer (Chemistry)

David Duncan (DLS)

Diamond Light Source
Allocated SP-2020-SP Investigating the atomic and electronic structures of nano-scale molecular metal-oxo clusters.
Sebastian Pike (Chemistry)