Year 1

You will complete a four-week Foundations block including core chemistry, physics and engineering approaches relevant to cross-disciplinary sustainable materials research. We aim to produce well-rounded scientists, equipped and empowered to engage effectively with each other. 

We will also offer core training on topics such as:

  • health and safety from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • responsible research and innovation
  • equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM
  • mental health awareness in academia.

Years 2 and 3

In subsequent years you'll have “Pioneer” options for advanced or specialist technical training and professional career development, including:

  • intellectual property
  • project management
  • disseminating science across borders (engaging with non-academic audiences: industry, public, government)
  • science policy in sustainable development
  • thesis and grant writing.

Networking and collaboration

Each year, you'll attend a research and industry showcase giving you the chance to show your work and forge important connections with fellow researchers and industry professionals. You'll also attend regular events at the SusMat0 Hub, including away days and team building activities.

Our current cohort

CDT students Jack Fawcett-Houghton, Maddy Marnell, Thomas Lynch, and Jaspar Burg have been trained in various aspects of photovoltaic technologies and robotics systems by Dr Mahmoud Dhimish and Dr Olufemi Olayiwola. The training took place at our new state-of-the-art robotics and photovoltaic facility at the newly established Institute for Safe Autonomy.

Jack Fawcett-Houghton, Vyom Tyagi, Maddy Marnell and Thomas Lynch have completed a training session on photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy with Dr. Yue Wang. The students all enjoyed their first practical experience on 2D material exfoliation using the scotch tape method, and observed photoluminescence from a monolayer sample with a home-built micro-PL setup in the laboratory.