Research course (will run subject to approval)

Business sponsored Master's by Research with Chromition

Lancaster University · Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a degree in chemistry or a similar discipline, and have an interest in applied chemistry.

Months of entry


Course content

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University and Chromition.


  • Get paid £16,000 tax-free
  • Have your tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,200 towards your fees, meaning students eligible for home fees pay only £2,300. International students will need to pay the remaining £20,050.
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.
  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas or progress on to further study.

The Challenge

Developing fluorescent polymer nanoparticle phosphors for solid state lighting applications with reduced environmental impact

This interdisciplinary project aims to develop more efficient LED technology by establishing new fluorescent polymer nanoparticles as alternatives to the expensive, environmentally damaging rare earth-based phosphors that are currently employed. The project will incorporate synthetic organic chemistry, polymer synthesis, nanoparticle preparation and UV-visible spectroscopic studies under the guidance of expert supervisors, with access to analytical facilities at Chromition. The successful applicant will receive full training in the above areas and in addition, will develop skills in problem-solving, literature searching and scientific writing.

Enterprise and Collaborative Partners

This project will be supervised by Dr Susannah Coote, Dr Verena Gortz and Dr Rachel Platel in Lancaster’s Chemistry Department, who will provide necessary expertise in organic synthesis, nanofabrication and polymer chemistry respectively. Industrial supervision will be provided by Chromition’s Dr Benjamin Lidster (Chief Scientist), who has over 10 years of experience applying organic materials in solid state lighting applications, and Dr Mark McCairn (Chief Executive), who has previous academic experience with π-conjugated materials and industrial experience with phosphors in LED-lighting applications.

Chromition Ltd ( is a spinout from the University of Manchester with fully equipped chemistry laboratories and an analytical suite for the evaluation of fluorescent nanoparticles. The company has operated in Manchester since 2016. Chromition’s patented materials have been developed into applications including solid state lighting, printable electronics, anti-counterfeit, horticulture, decorative and healthcare. This project will significantly accelerate Chromition’s development of Luminspheres™ which have the potential to revolutionise photonics technology with multiple applications across the display screen and lighting sectors.

Start: October 2021

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 29th August 2021

For details on the application process and to apply click here

Information for international students

For information on home/international fee eligibility please see the university fee status webpage

From 1st January 2021, EU students are required to have a visa to enter into the UK as well as other international categories. Please check these details to see if you would need to apply for a visa and indicate this on your criteria document.

Fees and funding

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA(Res)
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation