Industry-supported 48-month PhD studentships
(Two fully-funded scholarships available)

Machine Learning Supported Catalysis and Synthesis

Catalytic formation of C-H, C-C and C-Heteratom bonds is the invisible engine that drives formation of the molecules our society needs.  Classical catalyst optimisation requires thousands of uni-varient optimisations typically moderated by humans. Self-learning algorithms offer opportunities to identify unique patterns in such complex data allowing faster process optimisation.

The successful candidate will work in partnership with a newly established multi-disciplinary team comprising synthetic, data science and computational chemists targeting leading edge developments in reaction optimisation.

Informal enquiries can be made to the AICat Theme Coordinator Simon Woodward or the CDT Manager Perislava Williams on

Sustainable Gelators

Gelators are an important class of molecules that are used as additives to modify rheological performance in materials ranging from mechanical lubricants, film forming polymers and food. There is an urgent need to move away from petrochemical based additives. This activity will design and prepare sustainable routes to low molecular-mass organic gelators and performance modifiers for application in multiple industry settings.

We are looking to recruit students interested in a wide range of research areas within the fields of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering who are interested in working closely with an industrial sponsor to develop new sustainable technologies/products for their business. We are particularly looking for applicants who are interested in developing projects in the fields of synthesis and catalysis, process engineering, flow chemistry, process modelling, electro/photochemistry, biocatalysts, organic materials chemistry, preparation of renewable materials and analytical methods.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Sustainable Gelators Theme Coordinator Peter Licence on  or the CDT Manager Perislava Williams on   

Both studentships are part of the EPSRC and SFI  Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry Atoms-2-Products: An Integrated Approach and will take place in the globally leading Carbon Neutral Laboratories of the University of Nottingham:

The EPSRC and SFI CDT in Sustainable Chemistry has one scholarship available in each of the above thematic areas. Please specify which research theme you wish your application to be considered for. Studentship support is for a 4-year programme which could include a study period/internship working in industry or in the labs of a scientific partner. 

More information about our strategic partners can be found here .

Candidates should hold one of the following:

  • A minimum of an upper second class honours degree from a 4-year undergraduate course in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biosciences, Natural  Sciences, Biotechnology or Pharmacy.
  • A 3-year undergraduate course in one of the above disciplines plus a Masters degree and/or one year experience in industry.

The application process involves two steps:

1) Completion of the CDT application form

Please ensure that we receive your CDT application form, CV and two references through the following email address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please email the reference form to your referees (at least one of which should be from an academic in your current/most recent academic institution) and ensure that they complete and return them directly to the email address above.

2) University of Nottingham online application

Please ensure that you select ‘references to be submitted separately’ option in the reference information section when completing the online form.

Due to funding restrictions, studentships are available to Home and EU applicants only. 

Completion of CDT Form

CDT form
Reference form

Completion of University of Nottingham Online Application Form

Apply now


CDT Cohort Building Event 2019

CDT Cohort Building Event 2019

13 Aug 2019

CDT Cohorts come together for their annual team building event in the Peak District - by Neelam Mughal


Cohort 6 Induction


Sep 2019

Cohort 6 Induction

26 Sep 2019

First year students prepare to start CDT programme at the Cohort 6 Induction event.


Wonder 2019 - celebrating the Year of the Periodic Table

Wonder 2019 - celebrating the Year of the Periodic Table

26 Jun 2019

Our students enjoy discussing sustainable chemistry and engineering with members of the general public in Nottingham.