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PhD Studentship: Concrete4Change and the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Monday 15 July 2024
Reference:  SCI277

Applications are invited for an industrial led PhD studentship aimed at developing new, sustainable, advanced concrete materials with carbon negative footprints. To achieve this breakthrough we will use a multi-discipline approach incorporating organic and polymer chemistry, materials science and leading-edge data analysis, including machine learning/AI approaches. We are looking to attract applicants from chemistry/materials chemistry with an innate drive and curiosity to deliver new solutions to building materials that are needed within the next 10 years.

Key features:

  • PhD training that will build upon the skills of your master’s degree (A minimum of an upper second-class honours’ degree BSc degree with appropriate additional experience) in chemistry or materials chemistry.
  • Training based in the unique Carbon Neutral Laboratory at the University of Nottingham (UoN) in partnership with a leading Nottingham SME Concrete4Change (C4C) and the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University (NTU).
  • Unique PhD training programme: 2 days in C4C, 3 days in UoN/NTU per week aimed at accelerated ‘real World’ deployment of research results.
  • Involvement with the wide UK community dedicated to achieving ‘green’ concrete for a sustainable future in record time.
  • CO2 sequestration in concrete and production of high value chemicals from CO2 are considered the only environmental solutions with a positive ROI. Learn the most invaluable skills required for the next few decades today and spearheadhumanity’s quest for decarbonisation.

The studentship will be available from 1st October 2024 as a 4-year PhD with stipend at EPSRC standard rates starting at £18,622 per year with awards increasing every year, typically with inflation.

This position is only available for HOME Students. 

We value diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity and flexible working patterns. Applications are welcome from candidates who have non-traditional academic backgrounds.

To apply (or for further information), please send a covering email and a copy of your CV to

Applications would be processed on a first come first serve and the position will be closed as soon as the right candidate is found.

For more information on Concrete4Change visit:  - Who Should join C4C  - Founder’s Story  - The employees prospective I - Technology

For more information on Centre for Sustainable Chemistry-CDT visit:

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