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Solid State Materials (PhD/MPhil)

PhD 3-4 years; MPhil 1-2 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Solid State and Materials Chemistry, with a research group dedicated to this exciting area of study. As part of the Chemistry (PhD/MPhil) programme, students can conduct their research within this group.

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in the pharmaceuticals and fine chemical sectors, teaching, biomedical research fields, research and managerial roles in general manufacturing industry (eg. food, cosmetics, petrochemical etc).

Special Features

Course Description

Research is focused on understanding fundamental properties of materials, developing and advancing new aspects of experimental techniques for investigating these properties, and exploring the potential for developing applications of the materials under investigation. Current research projects include:

(i) the development of a fundamental understanding of structural and dynamic properties of molecular solids (including solid inclusion compounds, incommensurate solids, hydrogen-bonded systems and disordered materials) and of crystallization processes of these materials;

(ii) quantifying the interactions between the components of ‘soft matter’ systems, to understand and control their structure and dynamics, with particular emphasis on self-assembling gels and foams, the protection of actives via conjugation, their behaviour within biogels, polymer/surfactant/additive solutions, and the application of polymers as vehicles for targeted and controlled drug release;

(iii) the development and application of new aspects of experimental techniques for elucidating properties of materials – topics of particular interest include advances in EPR and ENDOR spectroscopy in a range of novel areas (including the characterisation of catalytic systems and solid surfaces), the development and application of new techniques for structure determination using powder X-ray diffraction data, and fundamental and applied aspects of the phenomenon of X-ray birefringence.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates with a good honours degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject.

Entry to research degree courses in chemistry will be subject to the University requirements for English language. In addition, the university offers a range of pre-sessional courses for those without the required language qualifications; successful completion of any of these courses will allow you to proceed with your research degree in chemistry.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July

School Contact

Name: Dr Ben Ward  

Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 0302 

Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4030 

Email: chemy-pgr-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/chemy/

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The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

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