2 x PhD positions (click on the titles for further details):
Design of Biochar for Sequestration of Emergent Pollutants
Weathering of Clays under Extreme Conditions: Implications for the Biosphere and Extraterrestrial Environments
Deadline: 7th January 2021, 12 noon
To apply follow the link www.ed.ac.uk/e4-dtp/how-to-apply
Funding & Eligibility: The studentship is fully-funded for 42 month, incl. home/international fees, research costs and UKRI stipend (currently at £15,285 per annum), and is part of the E4 Doctoral Training Partnership. For further details see Entry & Eligibility Criteria.
Comment for Chemistry World News on a recent article by A. Wolos et al “Synthetic connectivity, emergence, and self-regeneration in the network of prebiotic chemistry” published in Science.
It is great to see the use of computers to combine our chemical knowledge, to enable predicting new chemical pathways. The team, previously known for software Chematica, lead by Bartosz Grzybowski and Sara Szymkuć, demonstrated how this can be used to map-out reactions from most simple early Earth ones towards the building blocks of life.
- Chemistry World News “Algorithm discovers how six simple molecules could evolve into life’s building blocks” by Patrick Hughes, 30th Sep 2020
- Wołos, Agnieszka, Rafał Roszak, Anna Żądło-Dobrowolska, Wiktor Beker, Barbara Mikulak-Klucznik, Grzegorz Spólnik, Mirosław Dygas, Sara Szymkuć, and Bartosz A. Grzybowski. “Synthetic connectivity, emergence, and self-regeneration in the network of prebiotic chemistry.” Science 369, no. 6511 (2020).
- Grzybowski, Bartosz A., Sara Szymkuć, Ewa P. Gajewska, Karol Molga, Piotr Dittwald, Agnieszka Wołos, and Tomasz Klucznik. “Chematica: A story of computer code that started to think like a chemist.” Chem 4, no. 3 (2018): 390-398.
- Chematica Wiki Page
As a small community of scientist from the Universities of Edinburgh and Durham, we started www.scientist-next-door.org project.
Our aim is to share our passion for science with children that are now bound to be homeschooled through the COVID-19 lockdown.
We believe this time can become a life-changing opportunity and help bring up a new generation of fantastic scientists!
During the lockdown, we will hold group video calls with families and discuss topics of interest, share ideas and resources.
We have called this project Scientist Next Door as we think after the lockdown is over, it would be great to meet in person your neighbouring scientists!
You can learn more about scientists participating to this project here. And if you are a scientist and would like to join us, contact Valentina.
And for now, stay home, stay safe, look after yourselves and loved ones and join the forum and the upcoming video calls.
PhD studentship through E4 DOCTORAL TRAINING PARTNERSHIP
The project brings molecular modeling into biochar research, providing atomistic details to the key properties of biochar, and through this enabling the informed design and optimization of biochar for desirable functionality.
Full project description here
Supervisors Valentina Erastova and Ondrej Masek, UK Biochar Research Centre
Start: September 2020
Eligibility: Fully funded for UK and EU (with ILR) citizens
Deadline: 9th January 2020
Application process information here