Green Flow Nitration of Bacterial Cellulose

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Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND

An opportunity is available to undertake a fully-funded PhD in green chemistry. The project, in collaboration with AWE , will explore novel methods for the production of nitrocellulose. Synthesis and testing of the energetic materials studied will be performed at Cranfield University’s dedicated explosives laboratories situated at the Defence Academy of the UK , giving access to specialised synthetic, analytical, formulation, and testing capabilities

While nitrocellulose is a well-known and widely used material, traditional production methods have a number of drawbacks, ranging from natural variation in the biologically-derived starting material to hazardous and environmentally-unfriendly manufacturing processes. This project will examine the possibility of using bespoke bacterial cellulose as a feedstock in novel nitration methodologies.

Laboratory work will span several areas, from biological production of cellulose, through traditional batch nitration chemistry and continuous flow synthesis techniques, to materials science and formulation of products. While strong practical scientific skills are required, prior experience of all techniques is not expected. There will be opportunities to publish results in high-impact journals and present at industrial and academic conferences.

At a glance
  • Application deadline12 Jun 2022
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start date03 Oct 2022
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK
  • Reference numberCDS033

Entry requirements

Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline


This is a fully funded studentship. The cost of the PhD programme, including tuition fees, will be met jointly by AWE and Cranfield University. The student will receive a standard bursary (approximately £16,000 per annum tax free). The PhD is expected to last three years.

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