Developing smart wound dressings

An industry co-funded PhD studentship opportunity located in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at UWE Bristol, supported by a living stipend and tuition fees at Home/ EU rates.

The closing date for applications is Monday 6 May 2019.

About the studentship

This fully funded 3 year studentship is an exciting opportunity to play an active role in developing innovative healthcare products with a commercial partner (Thirty Holdings Ltd.) The company develop innovative healthcare products, such as smart wound dressings which aid healing by the in situ release of gaseous nitric oxide. In a clinical trial these dressings were shown to promote healing of diabetic foot ulcers. For more information about the technology and range of products see the Edixomed company website.

UWE Bristol has a strong background in volatile organic compound and gas analysis using instruments such as Selected Ion Flow Tube – Mass Spectrometry. The research team at UWE Bristol also have a strong track record in the analysis of gaseous compounds and their links to disease states in humans.

This studentship will carry on collaborative work between UWE Bristol and 30Holdings Ltd. The work has a number of aims:

  1. To understand how changes in the composition and chemistry of the dressings affects the type and concentration of gaseous products released
  2. To take this knowledge and improve existing products or develop new products
  3. To replace expensive mass spectrometry analysis with inexpensive sensor technology

This work will help the company develop their existing products and potentially help develop new products for the healthcare market.

The successful candidate will work on a variety of analytical techniques including Selected Ion Flow Tube-Mass Spectrometry for the quantitation of gaseous species and Raman Microscopy to understand the solution chemistry. The PhD will also involve developing sensor based methods to detect the gaseous species such as nitric oxide and benchmarking this new technology against SIFT-MS

For more information on this PhD please contact Dr Ben de Lacy Costello at

Funding details

The studentship will start on Tuesday 1 October 2019 and consists of an annual tax-free stipend of £15,009, subject to satisfactory progress, for three years. In addition, full-time tuition fees and project fees will be covered for the length of the funding period.

The studentship will only fully fund applicants who are eligible for Home/EU fees. Applicants who are normally required to cover international fees will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates.

Eligibility criteria

Essential Criteria:

  • A minimum of a good honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Chemistry (Forensic Science), Biological or Biomedical Sciences).
  • A recognised English language qualification is required. 

How to apply

Download and complete the Graduate School studentship application form and send it directly to the UWE Bristol Graduate School. Please ensure you include the title of the research project you propose to undertake, and detail why you are interested in undertaking this PhD project and what relevant knowledge, experience and qualifications you would bring to the research. Please see the Graduate School studentship application guidance notes for further information about how to complete the application form.

Please also complete the Equal Opportunities monitoring form and complete the first section of the Graduate School application reference sheet before sending to your nominated referees.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please contact Dr Ben de Lacy Costello

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Monday 6 May 2019.

Further information

If you have not heard from us by Monday 10 June 2019, we thank you for your application, but do not wish to pursue it on this occasion.

The start date of this PhD studentship is Tuesday 1 October 2019.

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