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University of Sheffield, Department of Chemistry PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  A Pd-catalysed cyclisation strategy to chiral nitrogen heterocycles
  Prof JPA Harrity
Applications accepted all year round

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We have recently devised a novel conjunctive reagent that is generated in the presence of a palladium catalyst, and demonstrated that this can be exploited in the synthesis of chiral heterocyclic products.
  An asymmetric synthesis of atropisomeric functionalised intermediates
  Prof JPA Harrity
Applications accepted all year round

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Atropisomers are stereoisomers that occur because of hindered rotation about a single bond, and this leads to two or more conformers that interconvert slowly enough to be isolated as single components.
  BBSRC White Rose DTP Studentship - The Conformational Dynamics of Two-Way DNA Junctions: A common first step in aberrant DNA recognition?
  Dr T Craggs, Dr J A Grasby, Dr J Weinstein
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Applications are invited for a potential BBSRC funded White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Studentship to study the conformational dynamics of aberrant DNAs.
  Catalytic asymmetric methods to make chiral building blocks
  Prof S Jones
Applications accepted all year round

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There is increasing need within the pharmaceutical and fine chemical sector to develop chemical building blocks that possess different shapes and morphology to those commonly used to construct molecules of biological interest.
  Characterisation and design of heterogeneous catalysts for the petrochemical industry
  Dr M Conte
Applications accepted all year round

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The development of novel catalysts for selective oxidation reactions is an area of decisive importance for both industry and academia.
  Chemical probes to investigate mechanisms of bacterial resistance
  Prof S Jones
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Antibiotic resistance is seen as a significant threat to modern healthcare, especially in light of an increasing and aging population who will place additional burden on this sector.
  Computational Astrochemistry/Algorithm development for Quantum Dynamics Calculations
  Prof AJHM Meijer
Applications accepted all year round

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Quantum Dynamics calculations are significantly harder than standard electronic structure calculations due to the exponential scaling with respect to basis set size.
  Computational Modelling of Charge-Transfer Interfaces for Perovskite Solar Cells
  Dr N Martsinovich
Applications accepted all year round

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Solar cells have the potential to provide us with renewable energy and to help us avoid environmental problems associated with fossil fuels.
  Computational photochemistry/Vibrational control in transition metal complexes
  Prof AJHM Meijer
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Controlling the outcome of chemical reactions is arguably one of the holy grails of chemical physics. Recent experiments1 have shown that it is possible to direct a photophysical process using infrared light, taking a step towards achieving this goal.
  Computational Spectroscopy/Hydrogen-tunneling at elevated temperatures in the gas-phase
  Prof AJHM Meijer
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Hydrogen-tunnelling is key to many reactions involving biomolecules. However, hydrogen tunnelling is not easily detected directly at room temperature.
  Development and synthesis of zeolites for the conversion of sugars to biofuels and environmental applications
  Dr M Conte
Applications accepted all year round

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A promising strategy to replace non-renewable fuel sources, as raw material for energy applications, is to convert renewable biomass into transportation fuels and value-added chemicals.
  Investigating mechanism, reactivity and catalysis in organic, supramolecular and biological chemistry
  Prof NH Williams
Applications accepted all year round

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We are interested in designing and synthesising organic molecules to investigate the basis of catalysis, and to apply these principles to designing our own, artificial catalysts.
  Investigating mechanism, reactivity and catalysis in organic, supramolecular and biological chemistry
  Prof NH Williams
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We are interested in designing and synthesising organic molecules to investigate the basis of catalysis, and to apply these principles to designing our own, artificial catalysts.
  Live Plants Imaging: investigating signalling and response mechanisms
  Dr A Chauvet
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To achieve food security, we can improve the efficiency of food production while reducing the use and cost of pesticides. To tackle both challenges, efficiency and cost, we propose to select crop varieties that are more resilient against pests and diseases.
  Machine learning in quantum chemistry - using machine learning to improve the results of quantum chemical calculations
  Dr JG Hill
Applications accepted all year round

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Machine learning methods have seen a great deal of recent success in a number of technological fields, and these techniques from applied statistics and computer science are poised to change the fields of computational and theoretical quantum chemistry.
  Mechanisms in organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis
  Dr A Haynes
Applications accepted all year round

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Homogeneous catalysis by transition metal complexes plays an important role in many significant industrial processes. Understanding the mechanisms underlying these reactions is key to improving catalytic activity and selectivity to enhance overall process efficiency.
  Mechanisms of cell membranes repair in health and disease
  Dr B Ciani
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Compartmentalisation of chemical reactions and packaging of genetic material is fundamental for the healthy state of any biological cell.
  Metal-organic nanosheets (MONs): Programmable 2D materials for use as sensors, catalysts, membranes and devices
  Dr J Foster
Applications accepted all year round

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Two-dimensional nanomaterials such as graphene hold enormous potential for use in advanced electronics, energy, separation and composite materials applications.
  Microporous polymers for energy and sustainability
  Dr R Dawson
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Microporous polymers are a class of porous material made from organic building blocks possessing high surface areas and chemical stability.
  Nanoplasmonic measurements on biological molecules
  Prof GJ Leggett
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Recently we have developed fast, inexpensive, simple routes to nanostructured proteins1 and metals, including macroscopically extended, nanostructured arrays of gold nanoparticles.
  Nanotribological properties of organic surfaces
  Prof GJ Leggett
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Friction is ubiquitous in all sliding contacts. Much energy is dissipated in sliding contacts, and the minimisation of friction can make a significant contribution to the efficient use of fuels.
  Novel synthesis & characterisation methods for metal-organic nanosheets
  Dr J Foster
Applications accepted all year round

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Nanomaterials are set to revolutionise every aspect of our lives from electronics to medicine. The remarkable properties shown by graphene have led to the development of a wide variety of other two-dimensional materials.
  Oxidative transformations of alkylboronic esters.
  Dr BM Partridge
Applications accepted all year round

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Building on work in the Partridge group, this project will explore new oxidative transformations of alkylboronic esters. This work is suitable for ambitious students with a strong interest organic synthesis, and will involve aspects of catalysis, organoboron chemistry, and asymmetric synthesis..
  Photocatalytic Thin Films: probing the early antibacterial properties of metallic thin films
  Dr A Chauvet
Applications accepted all year round

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Have you ever wondered about self-cleaning surfaces. an object that cleanse itself just by shining light on it? Such technology already exists, and the field is fast developing.
  Quantum Control: shaping light to enhance chemistry
  Dr A Chauvet
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By modulating the light with which you excite materials we can enhance specific electronic, nuclear and even chemical reactions! The goal is therefore to set up a MIIPS pulse shaper and to adapt it to our Helios transient absorption system..
  Recognition and sensing of ions, bioanions, and biomolecules by photo-activated metal complexes
  Prof JA Thomas
Applications accepted all year round

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The Thomas group is investigating the host-guest chemistry of redox-active and/or photo-active, self-assembled macrocyclic structures.
  Screening of chemical libraries using iPS models for investigating the role of prion protein in Alzheimer’s disease
  Prof B Chen
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. AD has been identified as a protein misfolding disease (proteopathy). The disease is caused by accumulation of two major amyloids.
  Surface analysis of layered polymer brushes
  Prof GJ Leggett
Applications accepted all year round

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One of the most exciting new features on our recently installed state-of-the-art XPS spectrometer is the capacity for depth-profiling of delicate organic polymeric materials.
  Synthesis of saturated nitrogen heterocycles and alkaloids by using organolithiums or dipolar cycloaddition chemistry
  Prof I Coldham
Applications accepted all year round

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Our research group focuses on the synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compounds, especially with chiral organometallic compounds and dipolar cycloaddition reactions.
  Toward Artificial Photosynthesis: understanding how porphyrin’s structure and environment influence the early electronic and nuclear dynamics
  Dr A Chauvet
Applications accepted all year round

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The Sun represents an unlimited source of energy that can be harvested and ultimately converted to electricity. Solar energy is therefore the solution to not only depart from fossil fuels, but also to respond to the ever-increasing energy needs of our society.
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