Postgraduate profile: Krishna Mistry
What do you particularly enjoy about postgraduate study in the Chemical Synthesis CDT?
I have enjoyed the PACT period of the synthesis CDT. During the RBS projects I gained a lot of skills and knowledge in 3 diverse areas of chemistry and made me much more confident to start my PhD project.
What are the facilities like?
The facilities at the university are more than sufficient for the needs of a PhD student. The synthetic chemistry building houses a lot of the CDT students with ample working space in the lab and office. The NMR and mass spec facilities are well equipped for the various needs of different areas of chemistry and are staffed with experts to aid your analysis.
How much support do you get from staff?
The staff all have open door policies and it is comforting to know that they are available to help in all situations.
How does postgraduate study differ from an undergraduate degree?
During undergraduate study you are learning a lot through taught modules whereas during postgraduate study gaining new knowledge is more independent and based around your area of research. You have to be more self-reliant but it is a lot more rewarding.
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?
If you enjoy synthesis in chemistry but are not sure in what particular area you want to work in, this would be a good choice for you. The variety of staff involved in the CDT spans all areas of synthetic chemistry and throughout PACT you get the opportunity to get to know the staff and their research and be able to make an informed decision about the PhD project you wish to undertake.
Why did you decide to apply for this programme versus the normal route PhD?
I had only experienced one area of synthetic chemistry throughout my undergraduate research projects but I wasn’t certain I wanted to specialise in that particular area. Going through the CDT route meant I had the chance to explore different areas of chemistry and gain more practical experience to build my confidence before starting my PhD.
What are you planning to do after completing your studies?
I am still undecided on what I want to do once completing my studies by I would like to stay in chemistry. I am considering undertaking a post-doctoral position or looking for a lab-based job in industry.