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Bespoke Bimetallics for Chemical Cooperativity


   Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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  Dr Catherine Weetman, Prof Robert Mulvey  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

A funded PhD studentship position in “Bespoke Bimetallics for Chemical Cooperativity” is available from 1 October 2021 for 36 months at the University of Strathclyde. Available to UK students.

Many of the World’s chemical syntheses and catalytic processes (e.g., for agrochemical, medicine, and pharmaceutical manufacture) rely on the availability of precious metals, notably the platinum group metals. In general base metals are more earth abundant and more economical than precious metals. Therefore it is increasingly important to develop base metal chemistry knowing that future supplies of precious metals may become scarce because of low earth abundance and/or geopolitical reasons.

Building on our recent ground-breaking advances in bimetallic chemistry and alkali metal mediation (e.g., see Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2021, 60, 9247; ChemCatChem, 2021, 13, 2371), this ambitious project is designed towards realising a more sustainable future for chemistry by developing new bimetallic base metal reagents for use in synthesis and catalysis. Extension in this area towards bimetallic aluminium complexes is highly desirable, as aluminium is one the most abundant and recyclable metals. Harnessing the cooperative power of low-oxidation aluminium with other metals centres will enable a range of ground-breaking bond activations which is vital to uncover in efforts towards a sustainable future.   

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity of developing a cutting edge programme of research within the important area of sustainability and expect to obtain or have already obtained a first class honours or 2.1 degree, please contact Professor Mulvey ([Email Address Removed]) or Dr Weetman ([Email Address Removed]) for more information.


References

T. X. Genter, R. E. Mulvey, Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2021, 60, 9247
T. X. Genter, A. R. Kennedy, E. Hevia, R. E. Mulvey, ChemCatChem, 2021, 13, 2371
C. Weetman, P. Bag, T. Silvási, C. Jandl, S. Inoue, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 10961-10965
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