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Crystallisation and Directed Assembly

PGR-RA-107

Expertise of research area
carbon nanomaterials; crystal engineering; crystallisation; electron microscopy; nanoscience; particle population; polymer; supramolecular; Synthesis; x-ray crystallography; Catalysis


<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

This research group focusses on the application of assembly-based approaches for the generation of new functional materials.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>When we look at nature, a fundamental feature of many of the materials or matter formed (which range from crystalline solids such as salt, to tightly-packed DNA in chromosomes, functional proteins, bio-membranes which enable the function of all life-on-earth, and even macroscopic structures such as bone, which shows a remarkable seven levels of hierarchical ordering) is that they display highly organized structures.</p> <p>Interestingly, such materials are often generated by the self-assembly of smaller sub-units, where the composition and geometry of the sub-units dictate how they interact and then assemble. In this way, nature can construct complex materials with remarkable properties that go far beyond that achievable with small molecules.</p> <p>The research within&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry-research-groups/doc/crystallisation-directed-assembly">Crystallisation and Directed Assembly</a> takes inspiration from these processes and is investigating how assembly occurs over length scales ranging from the molecular to the mesoscale.</p> <p>Addressing topics ranging from crystallization, supramolecular assembly, nanoreactor templating, crystal engineering and the assembly of bio-molecules we are developing an understanding of the physico-chemical interactions which govern assembly processes.</p> <p>With this insight, we are then able to design and build new structures/materials, with tailor-made properties, where targets can include new molecular devices, catalytic materials, drug therapies, electronic components, sensors, energy storage or batteries.</p> <p>if you are interested in PhD study wthin Crystallisation and Directed Assembly, please view our full list of research areas&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry-research-groups/doc/crystallisation-directed-assembly/page/2">research areas</a>&nbsp;or contact the individual supervisors listed below:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4169/dr-richard-ansell">Richard Ansell</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4171/dr-stefan-auer">Stefan Auer</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4203/dr-paul-beales">Paul Beales</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4213/dr-tom-chamberlain">Thomas Chamberlain</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4173/professor-malcolm-halcrow">Malcolm Halcrow</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4189/professor-michaele-hardie">Michaele Hardie</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4202/professor-fiona-meldrum">Fiona Meldrum</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4212/dr-robert-menzel">Robert Menzel</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/faculty-engineering-physical-sciences/staff/5826/professor-andrew-nelson">Andrew Nelson</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/4208/dr-paul-thornton">Paul Thornton</a></li> </ul> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/info/9/research_degrees">Research degrees within the School of Chemistry</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry-research-groups/doc/crystallisation-directed-assembly">Crystallisation and Directed Assembly group</a></li> <li><a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry-research-innovation">School of Chemistry, Research and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130558/leeds_doctoral_college">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

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

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk">maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 34 35057</p>


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