About the CDT

The mission of the Next Generation Synthesis & Reaction Technology CDT is to educate a critical mass of researchers equipped to respond to future research challenges and opportunities created by the data-revolution. The aim is to train highly qualified researchers with the ability to collect data using automated, high-throughput reaction platforms, and to apply quantitative and statistical approaches to data analysis and utilisation.

Profile of the researcher produced by this CDT

  1. Multidisciplinary: Competency in core topics of synthetic chemistry, engineering and data science, with interdisciplinary research expertise in at least two of these areas.
  2. Technical proficiency: Able to make, measure and model reactions by using the latest synthesis and analytical tools, including automated reactors in combination with process/data analytical tools.
  3. Creative and collaborative: Effective team member, able to apply creative approaches to problem-solving.

The programme

MRes course (year 1)

CDT studentsThe first year is structured as a standalone course for the UK cohort, where the students will progress through a common academic program in scheduled classes. The course includes 3 mandatory taught components, aimed at underpinning the fundamentals in synthetic chemistry, engineering and statistical sciences. Each student will also undertake a 9-month individual research project in a chosen area.

PhD (years 2-4)

The formal taught courses will be reduced to allow the student more time to pursue their independent project in subsequent years.

Facilities and training

A key feature of this CDT is the accessibility of centralised and managed facilities such as ROAR, and the Agilent Advanced Measurement Suite to provide access to a range of automated reactors, ideal for delivering cohort-based practical workshops. The workshops will be given by technical experts from the hardware and software suppliers. Certificates of attendance will be issued and recorded on the students’ skill training record.

Throughout the programme, the students will also be expected to undertake professional and personal development courses, offered by the award-winning Graduate School.

Placements and internships

All students will be encouraged to undertake a period of placement and internship, in an industrial or an academic collaborator’s lab abroad, during or immediately after their PhD.

CDT Staff

This CDT assembles a multi-disciplinary team of internationally-leading researchers at Imperial with academic and manufacturing expertise, augmented by recent investments in state-of-the-art infrastructure, equipment and facilities. Directed by Professors Mimi HiiKlaus Hellgardt and Sophia Yaliraki, the centre involves approximately 60 supervisors across several academic Departments and Faculties at Imperial, spanning Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, and the Computational Methods Hub.

Each research project will involve at least two academic supervisors with complementary expertise, and may include an additional industrial sponsor/advisor.