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PhD role 2023/2024: Electrosynthesis


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Wednesday 10 January 2024
Reference:  SCI225

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated PhD candidate to undertake a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship in the area of organic electrosynthesis.  This exciting project stems from a collaboration between The Lubrizol Corporation and Prof. Prof Darren Walsh at the University of Nottingham. The project involves developing electrosynthetic processes for the production of consumer products. The successful candidate will systematically optimise cell and electrolyte parameters to improve reaction selectivity and conversion, with specific focus on substrate-electrode and electrode-electrolyte interactions. The student will be based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, with regular meetings, visits and the option of a secondment with the industrial partner.

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation is a highly successful, technology-driven specialty chemicals company, with more than 12,000 products sold in over 100 countries, and approximately 8,500 employees, approximately 750 of which are in the UK. Our global turnover exceeds $6.8 billion per annum, and over one third of our profits are generated in Europe and the Middle East, both of which are served from our European R&D centre in Derbyshire. Lubrizol has leadership positions in a diverse range of markets including chemical additive technologies such as additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, and industrial lubricants, additives for gasoline and diesel fuel as well as specialty polymers, polymer-based additives and chemical additives used in everyday consumer and industrial applications.  From personal care to performance coatings, piping systems and biomedical devices, Lubrizol’s unique formulations underpin a broad spectrum of advanced materials.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a first or second-class honours degree in chemistry or a related subject. Experience and interest in one or more of the following would be desirable: organic synthetic methodology, electrosynthesis, or electrochemistry.

For informal discussions about this opportunity, please contact Prof. Darren Walsh at



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