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Design and synthesis of novel photoswitches derived from bisazobenzenes

  • Full or part time
    Dr Z Janeba
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

We have recently reported the synthesis of suitable substituted 5-phenylazopyrimidines (see selected references for more information). Their physicochemical properties were studied using in situ irradiation NMR spectroscopy and optical spectroscopy. The goal of the current project will be the synthesis of novel molecular photoswitches based on a combination of bisazobenzenes and pyrimidines, namely bis(pyrimidinyldiazenyl)benzenes. Their synthesis will be developed and optimized and their physicochemical properties will be evaluated.

How to apply

To apply for a PhD study at IOCB Prague, you must hold a Master’s degree (MSc) or the equivalent of the MSc in similar field (four or five year undergraduate degree). The application can be submitted before obtaining the Master’s degree, however, the applicant should obtain the degree within five months after the application deadline.

For more information visit our website “Call for PhD applications 2020”:

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Funding Notes

Regular monthly income of students at IOCB Prague varies depending on the faculty scholarship and supervisor's financial options.


Procházková E., Čechová L., Kind J., Janeba Z., Thiele C.M., Dračínský M.: Photoswitchable intramolecular hydrogen bonds in 5-phenylazopyrimidines revealed by in situ irradiation NMR spectroscopy. Chem. Eur. J. 24: 492–498, 2018.

Čechová L., Kind J., Dračínský M., Filo J., Janeba Z., Thiele C. M., Cigáň M., Procházková E.: Photoswitching behaviour of 5-phenylazopyrimidines: in situ irradiation NMR and optical spectroscopy combined with theoretical methods. J. Org. Chem. 83: 5986–5998, 2018.

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