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Postgraduate Research 2021

Chemistry

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PhD
Entry Year
Academic Year 2021/22
Entry Requirements
2.1

Overview

The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering aims to promote sustainable processes and materials to meet the energy and healthcare demands of the future. The School is expanding rapidly and this is creating many new and exciting research opportunities with over £15m being invested to develop and expand the core research areas of catalysis, biological and medicinal chemistry, and materials.

Mode of study / duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Key Facts

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities.

  • •Joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity for Chemistry (Complete University Guide 2021)

Course content

Research Information

Associated Research
Much of our research falls under the broad headings of Healthcare and Sustainability, examples of recent funded projects include development of novel antibiotics and reduction of single use plastics. The School also leads the EU-funded Bryden Centre for renewable energy research, the industry-led Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) as well as our world-leading QUILL ionic liquids research centre. Students trained in our School are equipped with the skills that allow them to go out and make a real difference in the world.

Our areas of interest include adventurous research at the cutting edge of catalysis (where chemistry meets other disciplines, especially engineering, innovative Molecular Materials and Functional Materials), ionic liquid technology (‘super solvents' which do not form vapours and can be used as non-polluting alternatives to conventional solvents) and Synthesis and Biological Organic Chemistry (working to deliver compounds addressing the regulation of cellular functions).
QUILL (Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories): the largest multidisciplinary research group in the world centred on ionic liquid technology, whose work on ‘super solvents' (which do not form vapours and can be used as non-polluting alternatives to conventional solvents) was voted ‘Most Important British Innovation of the 21st Century' in 2013.
All of our research groups have significant links with researchers and institutions globally, and there are opportunities for collaboration, study visits, etc.
We have extensive links with industry, meaning that employment prospects for our graduates are excellent.
Much of our research is interdisciplinary, and our students can broaden their experience and knowledge by working with researchers from other disciplines (eg biologists, physicists).

Career Prospects

Introduction
For further information on career opportunities at PhD level please contact the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Student Recruitment Team on askEPS@qub.ac.uk. Our advisors - in consultation with the School - will be happy to provide further information on your research area, possible career prospects and your research application.

People teaching you

Dr Mark Muldoon
Director of Postgraduates
Chemistry&Chemical Engineering
Email: m.j.muldoon@qub.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

Course structure

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Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort Timestamp
CITI-GENS DTP: Machine-learning based design of light-driven biocatalysts for sustainable production of high-value industrial products
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Biocatalyst, Photoenzyme, Biomanufacture, Machine learning, Biosynthesis Dr Meilan Huang
Supervisor
Dr Meilan Huang
Funding
Funded
Horizon 2020 (EU) and Department of the Economy
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1594335600
CITI-GENS DTP: Overcoming Enzyme Poisoning in Bioprocesses
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Biocatalysis, Pharmaceuticals, Bioprocesses, Enzymes, Materials, Solvents Dr Andrew Marr
Supervisor
Dr Andrew Marr
Funding
Funded
Horizon 2020 (EU) and Department of the Economy
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1594335600
CITI-GENS DTP: New tools for new antibiotic targets – The development of novel probes for mechanistic studies on bacterial glycolipid-processing enzymes
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Antimicrobials, enzyme mechanisms, chemical probes, macromolecular X-ray crystallography, antibiotic Dr Stephen Cochrane
Supervisor
Dr Stephen Cochrane
Funding
Funded
Horizon 2020 (EU) and Department of the Economy
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1594335600
DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL MULTI-PURPOSE 3D PRINTED OPTICAL SENSORS
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Professor Andrew Mills
Supervisor
Professor Andrew Mills
Funding
Funded
Department for Economy
Application deadline
22 February 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1613952000
3D printed indicator strips for commercial wound dressings and other healthcare products
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Professor Andrew Mills
Supervisor
Professor Andrew Mills
Funding
Funded
EPSRC
Application deadline
22 February 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1613952000
Sustainable Polymer Chemistry of High-Performance Materials by Mechanochemistry
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Professor Stuart James
Supervisor
Professor Stuart James
Funding
Funded
Industry Funded
Application deadline
22 February 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1613952000
Decentralised reprocessing of organic waste as a source of protein for artificial meat production
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Supervisor
Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Funding
Funded
Department for Economy
Application deadline
22 February 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1613952000
Functional Fluids for Low-Cost Hydrogen Production
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Dr Jillian Thompson
Supervisor
Dr Jillian Thompson
Funding
Funded
Department for Economy
Application deadline
22 February 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1613952000
IONIC LIQUIDS AND FRUSTRATED LEWIS PAIRS
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Dr Gosia Swadźba-Kwaśny
Supervisor
Dr Gosia Swadźba-Kwaśny
Funding
Funded
EPSRC
Application deadline
19 March 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1616112000
IONIC LIQUIDS AND FRUSTRATED LEWIS PAIRS
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Professor John Holbrey
Supervisor
Professor John Holbrey
Funding
Funded
EPSRC
Application deadline
19 March 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1616112000
ACIDIC IONIC LIQUIDS AS CATALYSTS FOR THE VALORISATION OF WASTE PLASTIC RESOURCES
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Dr Gosia Swadźba-Kwaśny
Supervisor
Dr Gosia Swadźba-Kwaśny
Funding
Funded
EPSRC
Application deadline
22 February 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1613952000
ACIDIC IONIC LIQUIDS AS CATALYSTS FOR THE VALORISATION OF WASTE PLASTIC RESOURCES
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Professor John Holbrey
Supervisor
Professor John Holbrey
Funding
Funded
EPSRC
Application deadline
22 February 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemistry Closed 2 1613952000
Research in Mechanochemistry
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Mechanochemistry, twin screw extrusion, solvent-free synthesis, mechanisms Professor Stuart James
Supervisor
Professor Stuart James
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Research in Porous Liquids
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Porous liquids, MOFs, zeolites, hosts, gases Professor Stuart James
Supervisor
Professor Stuart James
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Synthesis of novel antimicrobials to kill multidrug-resistant bacteria
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD antimicrobials, resistance, synthetic organic chemistry, peptides Dr Stephen Cochrane
Supervisor
Dr Stephen Cochrane
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Mechanistic Insights into Metal Catalysed Carbene Cross Coupling Reactions
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Homogeneous catalysis, mechanism, kinetics, computational chemistry Dr Paul Dingwall
Supervisor
Dr Paul Dingwall
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Modified vaccine adjuvants - synthesis and delivery
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Nucleic acids, vaccine adjuvants, mRNA cap analogues, RALA, Chemistry, Pharmacy Dr Joseph Vyle
Supervisor
Dr Joseph Vyle
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Synthesis of Enantiopure Cyclic Vinyl Sulfoximines
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Organic synthesis, sulfoximines, enantioselective, catalysis, heterocycles, medicinal chemistry Dr Peter Knipe
Supervisor
Dr Peter Knipe
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Integrating molecular memories with molecular logic
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Supramolecular chemistry, Molecular logic, Molecular computation, Fluorescent sensors Professor AP de Silva
Supervisor
Professor AP de Silva
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Levoglucosenone: a versatile and sustainable intermediate for asymmetric synthesis
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Levoglucosenone; biomass; cellulose; valorisation; asymmetric synthesis Dr Gary Sheldrake
Supervisor
Dr Gary Sheldrake
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Using Nanoparticles for Trace Detection in the Real World
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Raman, sensors, diagnostic, nanoparticles, nanoscience, SERS Professor Steven Bell
Supervisor
Professor Steven Bell
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Breaking BaD
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Ultracold hydrogen, laser cooling, quantum chemistry, molecular photochemistry, atomic physics Dr Ian Lane
Supervisor
Dr Ian Lane
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Selective capture of cancer cells in biological fluids
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Cancer, diagnostics, sensors, molecular imprinting Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Supervisor
Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Biopolymers recovered from organic waste as sorbents for mitigation of ammonia emissions
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Nutrients, environment, ammonia, emissions, sustainability Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Supervisor
Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Novel functional monomers for polymer-based receptors: a computational approach
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Supramolecular chemistry, molecular recognition, molecular imprinting, computational chemistry Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Supervisor
Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Rapid recovery and recycling of valuable homogeneous catalysts using molecularly imprinted polymers as affinity separation phases
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Supramolecular chemistry, molecular recognition, imprinting, organocatalysis, flow chemistry Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Supervisor
Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Environmentally friendly preparation of metallodrugs
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Coordination Chemistry, Mechanochemistry, Anticancer drugs Dr Cristina Lagunas
Supervisor
Dr Cristina Lagunas
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2
Computer-aided design of novel enzymes as biocatalysts
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Biocatalysis, pharmaceutical, enzyme, catalysts Dr Meilan Huang
Supervisor
Dr Meilan Huang
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemistry Open 2

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,500
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,500
EU Other 3 £22,000
International £22,000

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Chemistry costs

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Funded Doctoral Training Programmes

We offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment. Our centres and partnerships, aim to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students, and provide targeted training and skills development.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.