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Application of crystal engineering for the design of novel formulations for pharma, food and agrochemical applications

PGR-P-472

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Project start date
Friday 1 October 2021
Country eligibility
UK only
Funding
Funded
Source of funding
Research council
Supervisors
Professor Brent Murray and Dr Elena Simone
Additional supervisors
Prof Sven Schroeder and Prof Simon Connell
Schools
School of Food Science and Nutrition
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

This PhD studentship is part of the CryForm project, funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr Elena Simone at the University of Leeds. CryForm aims at progressing the fundamental knowledge of organic materials crystallization to enable the design of novel sustainable, biocompatible and stimuli responsive formulations the encapsulation and controlled release of active ingredients. <br /> <br /> This project will focus on understanding how crystal structure affect particles properties such as surface chemistry, and how this knowledge can be used to design novel formulations for food, pharmaceutical and agrochemical applications. The work will involve solid state forms screening, molecular modelling and crystal characterization, allowing the student to gain invaluable experience in a wide range of analytical and modelling techniques. <br /> <br /> This project is also an excellent opportunity to be part of a growing, international research team and to collaborate with other Schools and the Bragg Centre for Material Research within the University of Leeds, as well as with several academic and industrial partners (e.g., Syngenta, Nestle, Imperial College London, Diamond Light Source). <br /> <br /> The ideal candidate will have a 1st class honours or 2:1 degree in Chemistry, Physics, Food Science, Pharmacy or Engineering.

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/prospective_students/apply/I_want_to_apply.html">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is A crystal engineering approach for novel Pickering formulations with controlled release properties as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/staff/7161/dr-elena-simone">Dr Elena Simone</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>A highly competitive European Research Council (ERC) 3.5 year studentship consisting of UK/EU fees and maintenance matching UKRI rates (currently &pound;15,285 for session 2020/21) and a research training and support grant of &pound;5,000.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>Applicants should contact Dr Elena Simone directly: <a href="mailto:e.simone@leeds.ac.uk ">e.simone@leeds.ac.uk </a>if they wish to discuss the project.&nbsp; Any enquiries about the application procedure can be sent to <a href="mailto:maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk">maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk</a>.</p>


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