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AS CDT PhD Projects

Title PhD student Supervisors Partners
Plant-inspired sunscreens for agrochemicals: The development and application of ultrafast laser spectroscopy techniques to identify and design photoprotectants ( Jack Dalton

Vas Stavros


Performance Modelling of Photoelectrochemical Devices in Reduced Gravitational Environments

Byron Ross

Katharina Brinkert

European Space Agency

Green graphite and graphene for lithium-ion battery innovation: Materials, manufacturing and characterisation

Ben Robinson Ben Robinson Graphene Star

Characterisation of Materials for Heterogeneous Catalysis Using Advanced Analytical Techniques

Jacob Oyarzabal

Richard Walton

Johnson Matthey

Understanding how molecules are delivered to biosurfaces from evaporating droplets

Jordan Lee

Pat Unwin


Probing improper ferroelectric switching and dielectric responses by in situ X-ray diffraction

Evie Ladbrook

Mark Senn


Spectromicroscopy to study the role of iron in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Natalie Arigundiya

Joanna Collingwood 

Diamond Light Source

Quantification of peptide secondary structure: The use of solid and solution state NMR to develop ATR FTIR spectroscopic methods.

Chris Trembath

Józef Lewandowski


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

Shaumica Saravanabavan

Katharina Brinkert

European Space Agency

Extreme performance mass spectrometry for metals in biology and medicine

Edward Lant

Peter J. Sadler and Pete O'Connor


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

Callan Littlejohn

Pete O'Connor (Chemistry)

Verdel Instruments

Exploring Magnesium Chemistry : From Reactive Precursors To Synthetic Minerals

Katie Pickering

Richard Walton (Chemistry)


Developing light-driven molecular switches for use on solid substrates

Matt Stoodley

Reinhard Maurer (Chemistry)

David Duncan (DLS)

Diamond Light Source
Investigating the atomic and electronic structures of nano-scale molecular metal-oxo clusters.
Tom Barnes Sebastian Pike (Chemistry)  
Probing drug-excipients interactions and their impact on solid-state stability of drug product by solid-state NMR spectroscopy and computational analysis Liam Medlin Steven Brown (Physics) GSK
Microbial sunscreens for better life Abbie Whittock Vas Stavros (Chemistry) Lubrizol
Developing fast magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR methods for applications to both organic and bio-molecules in the solid state ( Ben Tatman Steven Brown (Physics) Bruker
Understanding Complex Polymer Structure Lucas Al-Shok David Haddleton (Chemistry) Syngenta
Developing A Solvothermal Reaction Cell for in situ Neutron Scattering of Crystallisation Mark Crossman Richard Walton (Chemistry) ISIS
Development of spectroscopic approaches for the characterisation of new pharmaceutical modalities Mohammed Rahman Steven Brown (Physics) and Pete O'Connor (Chemistry) AstraZeneca
Characterisation of low work function, air-stable electrodes for organic photovoltaics Simon Abrahamczyk Ross Hatton (Chemistry)  
Development and application of Electron Diffraction techniques for determination of molecular structure Anton Cleverley Corinne Smith (Life Sciences) and Richard Beanland (Physics)  
Development and characterisation of endogenous/exogenous MRI contrast agents for application in neurodegenerative disease Festus Slade Joanna Collingwood UHCW