Postgraduate profile: Dan O'Flynn

What do you particularly enjoy about postgraduate study in the Chemical Synthesis CDT?

The lab rotations were a great part of the CDT as they allowed me to work on three very different projects and meet a lot of new people whilst familiarising myself with a totally new environment and university.

What are the facilities like?

In general the facilities in the department are very impressive, to name a few the NMR/MS/glassblowing facilities are massively helpful when it comes to day-to-day lab work. The CDT first year students also have their own room with a projector, white boards, a fridge and a kettle.

How much support do you get from staff?

You get as much support as you want or need. The staff in the CDT are very approachable.

How does postgraduate study differ from an undergraduate degree?

Compared to the fixed timetables of undergraduate degrees, postgraduate study is not as scheduled and much more flexible. The course content is also no longer separated into individual modules and compartmentalised. Studying at PhD level requires you to think synoptically and see the links between all areas of chemistry.

Is there anything you would want to tell a prospective postgraduate student considering studying for a PhD in Chemical Synthesis at our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training?

‘Apply!’

Why did you decide to apply for this programme versus the normal route PhD?

I was extremely aware of the main advantage of the CDT programme. For me, this was getting to work on three very different projects in three very different research groups. Also, the chance to get to know potential supervisors and brainstorm PhD proposals before choosing the project I would work on for the next 3.5 years sounded like a sensible idea.

What are you planning to do after completing your studies?

At this moment in time, I would like to pursue a career in industry...potentially in medicinal chemistry or in agrochemical research.

 


Dan O'Flynn, 2013 Cohort

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