Postgraduate profile: Horatio (Yunxiang) He

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

RBS lab rotations. It is a good chance to learn about different chemistry, and also a great chance to meet talented chemists from various backgrounds.

What are the facilities like?

The facilities are great. Spectroscopies are very convenient to use. Professional advice and helps are provided by the specialists in these groups, such as mass spec and NMR group. Liquid nitrogen, dry ice and common chemicals, solvents needed are very easy to get.

How much support do you get from staff?

I got a lot of help from staff. They provide training on special systems such as liquid nitrogen and solvent tower. People from NMR groups help me to solve complicated structure problems. Management people help me with financial difficulties.

How does postgraduate study differ from an undergraduate degree?

It requires more practical knowledge. I combine the theoretical knowledge I gained in my undergraduate degree with my own ideas and apply them to my research. It also requires a high level of communication with people to better access advice and help.

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?

Just enjoy the programme and all it has to offer: not only lectures and lab rotations but the opportunity to meet and learn from many talented chemists.

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

This programme provides more choices on chemistry, allowing you to experience more, to learn more. This programme also develops my problem-solving skills.

What are you planning to do after completing your studies?

I plan to find a job in industry, especially in a cosmetic company or a raw material chemical supplier.

Horatio He, 2014 Cohort
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