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My academic studies began at the university of Hull. My interests took me to solid state chemistry during the second year of my undergraduate studies where I undertook summer research placements. In my third year, I was awarded the RSC Nuffield scholarship for independent undergraduate research in 2-dimensional material design. I developed a love for research and I decided to do a PhD. 

I chose to do my PhD at Cambridge because I found magnetic nanomaterial design for cancer therapy and data storage an interesting area of research. My work has lead me to specialise in high resolution electron microscopy techniques and I’m excited to use our new microscope here in the chemistry department. Cambridge is an excellent location for a materials scientist, with access to an abundance of specialist equipment. Whilst my project is challenging, the ability to see atoms on a daily basis never gets old. 

I have received some fantastic opportunities during my studies here. The project has taken me to Nagoya university in Japan twice as a research associate spanning several months. These experiences and collaborations with researchers from all over the world have broadened my skills as a researcher and taken my project in directions I couldn't imagine.

I enjoy my time in the department as a demonstrator, undergraduate supervisor, Athena Swan representative and postgraduate networking committee member. I am surrounded by hard working and motivated people, but that doesn't stop us from having some fun. I’m proud to represent women in science and enjoy the fact that the committee’s efforts lead to people coming together to exchange ideas and meet new people. 

Kellie (October 2018)

I am a physicist and aeronautical engineer originally from Columbia, now doing a PhD in the Theoretical Chemistry RIG. Prior to my PhD, I had the opportunity to work on research projects involving matter from two different approaches. From the engineering side, I worked on fluid dynamics in the hydrodynamic limit. As a physicist, I worked on a completely different scale, starting from the building blocks of matter performing atomistic simulations.

The aforementioned experiences encouraged me to seek a continuation of my studies at a higher level, and two years ago, I found a very interesting project that matched my background perfectly. In this project, the main goal is to understand how the poretic movement arises at the microscale and its implications in larger systems, creating a bridge between the atomic scale and real world applications. The understanding of phoretic phenomena will lead to the design of novel applications for the specific and demanding purposes of nanotechnology.

The time I have spent in Cambridge has been incredible, I have had the opportunity to meet scientists from all around the world, improve my research skills and participate in all sorts of training, talks and workshops offered by the university, ranging from philosophy of sciences to economy and anthropology.

But not everything is research here in Cambridge. In this cultural melting pot, I have got to know people from highly diverse backgrounds who enriched my overall experience, learning new things everyday. The exciting environment here also gave me the opportunity to try different sports clubs and societies that are offered by the university and every single college. The variety is enormous, and the only risk is not to have enough time to enjoy them all.

Simón (October 2018)

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3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Chemistry

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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