This project will build on our recent work on the synthesis and study of conjugated organometallic complexes and ligands incorporating phosphacarbon fragments (see for example Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 8131; J. Org. Chem. 2020, 85, 14697; Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 16342), in the context of developing model components for molecular conductors and electro-active materials. A starting point will be to explore the synthetic redox chemistry of our 5-coordinate cyaphide complex [Ru(dppe)2(CºP)]+ (and related systems) as a means of accessing novel cumulenic organometallics, with the incorporation of additional main-group fragments via P-functionalization strategies. These systems will be studied for their electronic properties, guiding further development, and their chemical reactivity explored as a means of developing new electronically distinctive ligand scaffolds within the metal coordination sphere.
The project will involve substantial anaerobic synthesis of organometallics and ligands, with extensive ‘hands-on’ use of advanced multinuclear NMR spectroscopic techniques as a primary means of compound characterisation and reaction monitoring. The student will additionally learn to use electrochemical (CV, spectro-electrochemistry) techniques and have the opportunity (if so wished) to learn X-ray diffraction and DFT techniques.
How to apply:
Please submit a formal application using the online system at www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply attaching a CV, degree transcripts and certificates, statement of interest and two academic references.
On the application system select Programme of Study – PhD Chemistry and either January or May 2023 entry date. Please ensure you state the project title under funding and include the proposed supervisor’s name where required.
For enquiries about the application process, contact Emma Chorley: [Email Address Removed]
For enquiries about the project, contact supervisor: [Email Address Removed] attaching a copy of your CV.