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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

New Conjugated Polymers and Polymerisation Processes for Organic Bioelectronic Applications

Research Group: Chemistry
Number of Students: 1
Length of Study in Years: 3.5 Years
Full-time Project: yes


This studentship is fully funded via the UKRI EPSRC Doctoral Training Programme for 3.5 years and includes a stipend (currently £17,609 in 2021/2022) and Fees.

Project Description

Organic bioelectronics focuses on the interaction between electroactive materials and biological systems, addressing a variety of stimulation and sensing applications such as in-vivo drug delivery and neural interfacing. The organic electrochemical transistor (OECT) is a particularly useful device configuration for bioelectronic sensing. OECTs can effectively transduce ionic signals into electronic signals through the use of organic mixed ionic and electronic conductors (OMIECs) as the active material. In this PhD project, we will design and synthesise new organic semiconductors that can function as effective OMIECs with a particular focus on developing new pi-conjugated molecular architectures and more environmentally friendly polymerisation and processing protocols. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry, ideally in the area of pi-conjugated materials, and a keen interest in polymer chemistry, materials science and organic bioelectronics. The successful candidate will join a diverse and multidisciplinary research team and participate in exciting collaborations with leading research groups across the world. For more information, please see our group website:




This year UKRI announced that there will be a limited number of studentships for international students available.  International applicants are encouraged to apply but should note that studentship awards will be subject to eligibility and the availability of funding.

To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or  
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classified as an international student.

Further guidance on UKRI Eligibility Criteria is here, and within Annex One of the International Eligibility Guidance.

  • The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.
  • If English is not your first language, you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).
  • Candidates are expected to start from September 2022

Application deadline - 30th January 2022

Please use the link below to apply:


SPCS Academics: Dr Cristian Nielsen