Chemistry

Our research is grouped into five distinct cognate themes: biological chemistry, catalysis and interfacial science, materials and energy, molecular synthesis and spectroscopy and dynamics.

The research carried out within the School of Chemistry is diverse and encompasses both fundamental and applied themes. Available research topics closely mirror the particular research interests of individual staff members, which fall broadly into Biological & Organic, Inorganic, Physical, and Theoretical & Computational chemistries.

Programme 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).

Distinctive features

  • The School has undergone an extensive revitalisation in the last few years and occupies newly refurbished laboratories with excellent facilities for research and teaching
  • Chemistry continues to attract an expanding team of researchers, as well as maintaining an extensive network of industrial contacts
  • Strong interdisciplinary collaborations support projects across traditional subject divisions; postgraduates interact across these groups
  • New facilities for synthetic and catalytic chemistry, including an advanced pressure reaction suite for catalyst development and investigation and the opening of the laboratories of the new EPSRC-funded Physical Organic Chemistry Centre
  • Extensive collaborations internationally; a number of research programmes allow placements abroad, including in Europe and America.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil
Full-time duration PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Start dates January, April, July, October

As a PhD/MPhil student in Chemistry, you will undertake cutting-edge research in one of our various research themes.

The School specialises in the following research areas:

Research areas

Catalysis in the Cardiff Catalysis Institute

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science, with a research group dedicated to this exciting area of study.

Chemical Biology

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Chemical Biology, with a research group dedicated to this exciting area of study.

Inorganic Chemistry

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Inorganic Chemistry, with a research group dedicated to this exciting area of study.

Organic Synthesis

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Organic Synthesis, with a research group dedicated to this exciting area of study.

Physical Organic Chemistry

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Physical Organic 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.

Solid State Materials

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.

Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Theoretical and Computational 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.

Research projects

Each  year the School of Chemistry welcomes applicants who have secured funding from  external sponsors, or who are self-funded.

We have an extensive list of projects that are available. Details for each project can be obtained by  contacting the member of academic staff directly.  Please state which project(s) you would like to be considered for on your application form.

In the first instance, you should submit a CV & Covering Letter to the project supervisor detailing which projects you would like to be considered for.

Formal applications should then be submitted via Cardiff University's Online Application Service. In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project.

In answer to the question ‘How do you plan to fund your studies?’, please specify the details and upload any documents providing the evidence (for example: letter of confirmation of scholarship).

Spectroscopy and dynamics

We have an extensive list of projects that are available within spectroscopy and dynamics.

Materials and energy

We have an extensive list of projects that are available within materials and energy.

Biological chemistry

We have an extensive list of projects that are available within biological chemistry.

Molecular synthesis

We have an extensive list of projects that are available within molecular synthesis.

Catalysis and interfacial science

We have an extensive list of projects that are available within catalysis and interfacial science.

Photoresponsive metal-organic frameworks with light-dependent gas uptake

This project will exploit new photoresponsive MOFs that we make and use in our research group to control the flow of small gases of medical and industrial interest into, out of, and within single crystals using photoirradiation.

Identification of bacterial post-translational modifications that regulate antimicrobial resistance

This PhD project will aim to identify protein post-translational modifications that render bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

Tailoring molecular functions by boron-nitrogen doping of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

This project will be centered on the development of new organic synthetic methodologies that will allow the controlled insertion of B3N3-rings into nanographene structures.

Large Scale Production of Antibacterial Peptides by a Synthetic Biology Approach

This PhD programme will aim to address all the challenges in using Antibacterial peptides (AMPs) as antibiotics.

Expanding the scope of powder X-ray diffraction: Development and application of next-generation methodology for structure determination

The aim of the PhD project is to fully develop and optimize this combined powder XRD/solid-state NMR/DFT-D strategy as the next-generation approach for structure determination from powder XRD data.

Detection of reaction intermediates in catalytic reactions by microwave perturbed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy

This project will aim to fundamentally understand how microwave (MV) specific effects lead to enhancement of photogenerated radical lifetimes, and to indirectly understand how MWs heating of liquids and solids occurs.

A heterogeneous journey from biomass to chemicals: Modelling insights

This project focuses on the structure-activity-stability relationship of metal particles from the groups X and XI supported on cerium oxide.

Our students have gone on to a diverse range of careers, some continue along the academic path with postdoctoral positions in groups both in Cardiff and around the world, others have joined the teaching profession whilst many have entered major industrial companies in jobs that range from research to management.

Applicants are required to have a good honours degree, or equivalent, in Chemistry or in a related subject.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Contacts

Administrative contact(s)

Dr Ben Ward

Administrative contact

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