Examination of the use of cheap, renewable non-toxic iron catalysts to manufacture spiroheterocycles.

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University (The Sunday Times' University of the Year 2018) and Liverpool ChiroChem Ltd.

1 Year Enterprise-led Funded Masters by Research, Ref. No. 94

  • Get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • Have you tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,000 towards your fees, meaning UK/EU students pay £2,260, and International students pay £15,945.
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation with a cohort of 50 talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.
  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The Project

Catalysis underpins the global economy, with ca. 60% of all commercial processes reliant upon a catalytic reaction at some stage in the life cycle. The positive benefits of catalytic manufacturing processes include reduced energy costs and minimised waste streams, which answer concerns around sustainability and environmental impact. This project will examine the use of cheap, renewable and non-toxic iron catalysts to manufacture spiroheterocycles (new chemicals for use in a range of industry applications).

The successful applicant will gain skills in analytical chemistry (including NMR, mass spectrometry), purification technology (including chromatography) and preparative chemistry. A strong interest in catalysis and synthetic chemistry, coupled with an enthusiasm for experimental work is essential. Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 in Chemistry.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, with supervision from Professor Joe Sweeney, and Liverpool Chirochem (LCC). LCC is a global specialist in Chiral Chemistry, producing chiral small molecules for biotech/pharmaceutical R&D. These specialist products can be used as building blocks, fragments and screening compounds to enable small molecule drug discovery. These chemical technologies provide efficient access to novel chiral building blocks for hit identification and hit-to-lead optimisation.

Apply Here

To apply for this opportunity please email graduate-applications@cgeinnovation.org with:

This project is part funded by the European Regional development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, please see our website.

Application deadline

Midnight 1st July 2018

Start: October 2018