Physical Chemistry PhD

Physical Chemistry

Year: 2018/19


The School of Chemistry has a selection of research project opportunities, available for PhD students across a range of research areas.

The members of the physical chemistry section are interested in fundamental studies of elementary and complex chemical reactions and their applications in various areas such as planetary atmospheric chemistry, combustion, coherent control, and biological processes.

The six research groups cover a broad range of basic and applied research, involving experimentalists and theoreticians.

There are four major research themes:

  • Atmospheric Chemistry - Leeds is unique in the UK in the breadth of its research in atmospheric chemistry. Contributions range from field measurements, computer modelling and laboratory kinetics/photochemistry. This group also studies the atmospheres of other solar system bodies.
  • Chemical Kinetics - Leeds scientists measure rate coefficients and branching ratios over a wide range of conditions relevant to combustion and planetary atmospheres. New non-linear mathematical models for complex phenomena: travelling waves, oscillations and chaos.
  • Coherent Control and Theoretical Chemistry - the UK 's first experimental molecular coherent control group was established in Leeds . Other work includes the stereodynamics of individual collisions, and new quantum dynamics methods for systems with many degrees of freedom.
  • Complex Molecular Systems - self-assembly of peptides; hydrogels, organogels, and nematic liquid crystals; fast biological processes; templated materials, molecular imprinting and nanoporous materials; new analytical separation techniques; advanced sensors.

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