Positions available in the KKH research group


PhD Studentships


A CASE studentship award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is available in Dr. K. K. (Mimi) Hii research group , to start in October 2014, or soon after. The PhD award will pay full  tuition fees, and it is expected that there will be an additional contribution from GSK to the standard EPSRC stipend of £15,590 per annum (TBC).

Additionally, the studentship may include a period of industrial placement at one of the GSK research laboratories during the course of the PhD (TBC).

This is an interdisciplinary project between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (project partner: Dr. Klaus Hellgardt), aiming to develop catalytic flow chemistry to deliver clean and effective strategy for amide bond formation. The project provides excellent training in catalytic, synthetic and flow chemistry, associated kinetic and mechanistic experimentation.

Our previous work in this area are described in the following publications:

1. 'Catalysis in flow: practical and selective aerobic oxidation of alcohols', N. Zotova, K. Hellgardt, G. H. Kelsall, A. S. Jessiman and K. K. Hii*, Green Chem. 2010, 12, 2157-2163.

2. 'Catalysis in flow: Au-catalysed alkylation of amines by alcohols', N. Zotova, F. J. Roberts, G. H. Kelsall, A. S. Jessiman, K. Hellgardt*, and K. K. Hii*, Green Chem. 2012, 14, 226-232.

Applicants should have a First or Upper Second Class MSci Degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Candidates must also be Home students in order to be eligible for full support (this includes EU citizens who have been resident in the UK).

Further details and Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Mimi Hii (e-mail: mimi.hii@imperial.ac.uk).



Postdoctoral positions


An EPSRC funded Research Associate position is available from January 2014 within the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London as part of a joint chemistry/chemical engineering programme on the development of ‘Manufacturing in Flow’ project.

The successful candidate will join the group of Dr. Mimi Hii (www.ch.ic.ac.uk/mimi), working in close collaboration with Dr. Klaus Hellgardt (Department of Chemical Engineering), as well as collaborators at the University of Loughborough. The project will involve using a novel electrochemical multiphase reactor to perform oxidation reaction in liquid-liquid biphasic reactions. The work will entail the preparation and assessment of water-soluble catalysts for different oxidative processes, real-time spectroscopic measurement of interface contacts, and attendant kinetic/mass-transport studies. The successful candidate will be working in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary team of chemists and chemical engineers, and is expected to contribute to the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

You will have a PhD degree in Chemistry or a related discipline with practical experience with catalytic reactions, organic synthesis and performing kinetic experiments using spectroscopy. Experience with multiphasic reactions, reaction engineering and kinetic modelling will be advantageous. Further experience in the construction of reactors and electrochemistry are desirable, but not essential.

The position has yet to be formally advertised (subject to collaborative agreement). Further details and Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Mimi Hii (e-mail: mimi.hii@imperial.ac.uk).