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Coordination compounds for quantum computation investigated by advanced electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy

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

Project Description

Spins are quantum two-level systems with quantum coherence as one of their fundamental properties. This makes electron spins promising candidates for use quantum bits (qubit) in quantum technology applications such as quantum computing. In the design of molecules and ions for quantum technology the coherence lifetimes and selective manipulation are crucially important. This is playing directly to the strengths of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy being exquisitely and exclusively sensitive to unpaired electron spins, manipulating them through microwave irradiation and inferring coherence lifetimes as relaxation times.
This project will draw on the combined expertise in design and synthesis of paramagnetic coordination compounds and in advanced EPR spectroscopy across EaStCHEM (the joint chemistry research school of the universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews). Prospective novel candidate complexes will be designed and made in the laboratory of Euan Brechin (Edinburgh) and their spectroscopic properties unravelled in the laboratory of Bela Bode (St Andrews). The successful candidate will be registered in St Andrews but can expect to work in both laboratories combining synthetic and spectroscopic work. We are looking for a highly motivated chemistry graduate with a passion for research. Experience in magnetic resonance and coordination chemistry are desirable but not essential. Training will be provided as required. St Andrews has world-leading EPR infrastructure with continuous wave and pulse EPR capabilities at 9, 34 and 94 GHz at temperatures of 1.5-300 K and cryogen-free helium recirculation cryostats in the two workhorse instruments.
The start date will be 27th September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. We will advertise until the position is filled with a first collection date of 1 May 2020.

Please direct any informal enquiries to Dr Bela Bode ()

Funding Notes

The project is fully funded covering a stipend at the current UKRI rate and UK/EU fees for 3.5 years.

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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