Future-proofing chemists

ROAR is developing a new approach to training scientists with skills in chemical synthesis, analytical science, automation/robotics, reaction engineering and mathematical/data analysis.

Future-proofing chemists


Analytical Tools, sensors, controllers, programming synthesis, data collection and curation


Data-mining, design-of-experiments, parallel experimentation, statistical and multivariate analysis, machine learning

Future-proofing chemists


Reactor design, flow and batch chemistry, kinetic analysis, transfer processes, process intensification, LCA


Kinetic analysis and modelling, identify reactive intermediates, theoretical modelling of reaction pathways

MRes in Advanced Molecular Synthesis

Our MRes in Advanced Molecular Synthesis trains students in designing molecules and synthesising them in an efficient manner on a meaningful timescale. This multidisciplinary programme combines a 9-month project of original research with courses and training in the latest approaches designed to automate, analyse and understand synthetic processes. Through ROAR our students have access to world leading facilities, and an expert training programme.

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Synthesis & Reaction Technology

On the 4th February 2019 the new EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training were announced. Among these, the CDT in Next Generation Synthesis and Reaction Technology will be directed by Prof Mimi Hii (Director of ROAR) and will work in close contact with the ROAR facility.

The mission of the CDT is to educate a critical mass of researchers equipped to respond to future research challenges and opportunities created by the data-revolution: 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. The CDT assembles a multi-disciplinary team of internationally-leading researchers at Imperial College, augmented by recent investments in state-of-the-art infrastructure, equipment and facilities (ROAR, Agilent measurement suite), to produce well-rounded individuals who can tackle challenges of synthesis in the coming decades.

Profile of the Researcher produced by the CDT:

  1. Multidisplinary: Competent 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 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.

Funded 4 year studentships are available to start in October 2019. Potential candidates are encouraged to submit their CV and a letter, including contact details of two referees, to Prof. Mimi Hii. Imperial College PhD entry requirements must be met and the successful applicant will subsequently need to apply online. For further information please contact mimi.hii@imperial.ac.uk.

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields would be advantageous.


Stage 1: Send a full CV and covering email to: mimi.hii@imperial.ac.uk 

Stage 2: Suitable applicants will be invited for interview in late March/early April.

Funding information

Full funding is available for Home Students and European Union nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start date a CDT studentship. For a 1st October 2019 start date you would need to have been resident in the UK since 30th September 2016.

Overseas students with funding are welcome to apply.