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Catalytic Enantioselective Radical Reactions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Free radical-mediated C–C bond forming reactions are powerful and versatile tools in organic synthesis due to their mild reaction conditions and high functional group tolerance. However, controlling stereoselectivity in these processes represents a grand challenge when compared to the number of prevalent methods available for ionic, two-electron transformations. The recent resurgence of photochemistry has provided new avenues for performing highly enantioselective radical reactions.

This project will involve the development of new enantioselective reactions using visible-light photoredox catalysis, which will provide an expeditious route to high-value chemical motifs pertinent to the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. A key aspect of this project is to ensure the reagents and catalysts utilised are sustainable to meet the challenges of modern society. Moreover, to aid fundamental understanding of these processes and accelerate reaction optimisation a mechanism-guided approach will be adopted.

Anticipated start date will be the end of September 2020.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Craig P. Johnston () at any time.

Additional information about the Johnston group is available here:

Please visit: for the application procedure or e-mail for more information regarding PhD opportunities at St Andrews.

The School of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is committed to supporting diversity and equality for all staff and students. For more information:

Funding Notes

We encourage applications for both the EaSI-CAT Centre for Doctoral Training (View Website) and for Chinese nationals to apply through the St Andrews CSC Scheme (View Website).

We also welcome applications from self-funded non-EU students who are able to secure the necessary funding.

How good is research at University of St Andrews in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Edinburgh)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 37.30

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