Wednesday, June 9, 2010

UK: PhD Studentship in combating Malaria, Coventry University


Artemisinin is a herb used to treat Malaria. Currently there are no exact extraction procedures and many people use different conditions to obtain the active material. As a result the process has not been optimised and the quality and yields of the extracts vary tremendously. For artemisinin to be an effective treatment for malaria it must be produced in in reasonable amounts of high quality, and for this process to be effective it must be optimised.

This project involves the examination of the extraction of artemisia and quantification of the yields produced. Extraction using conventional extraction techniques will be compared to enhanced extraction using ultrasound. The quality of the extracts will be monitored after the extraction process and the process will be optimised in terms of extraction solvent, temperature, extraction time and ultrasonic frequency employed.

Eligible candidates

The ideal candidate will have BSc Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology or Biological Sciences (minimum 2:1) with a laboratory based final year project. Some experience of working with natural products and extraction.

Related Applied Research Centre/Group: Sonochemistry Centre
Related Faculty: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Length and qualification: 3 year studentship PhD
Funded by: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Fees: Home/EU equivalent
Maintenance grant: £12,867 maintenance per annum (tax free)
Supervised by: Dr Larysa Paniwynck
Interview date (at Coventry University): 19 July 2010

Further details

Contact Dr Larysa Paniwynk at ( for) more information

How to apply

Please submit an application form , a research proposal (approx 2000 words) in your intended area of study, a detailed CV, two references (one of which must be academic) and a covering letter to

Please kindly mention when applying for this scholarship

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