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Development of methods for stabilisation of organic radicals

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Organic radicals and radical ions represent an interesting class of open-shell molecules that are relevant in design of molecular electronics and systems for light energy conversion and storage. Since most organic molecules prefer closed shell configuration, persistent organic radicals are rare species that must be stabilized by external factors (steric hindrance, second-row elements, confined environment).[1]

The candidate will develop various methods for stabilization of radicals and radical ions which will be generated by photoinduced electron transfer and other redox processes. He/she will utilize combined synthetic and spectroscopic approach to investigate the formation, stability and properties of radical ions.[2] The developed methods will be further utilized for systems capable of reversible electron transfer and manipulation with charges and counterions.

Highly motivated and skilful candidate will have the opportunity to extend his/her graduate training in physical and organic chemistry by learning electrochemical, photochemical and advanced spectroscopic methods. He/she will become a part of a dynamic junior research team investigating small organic molecules undergoing redox processes and reversible chemical reactions.

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 2019”:

You can apply online via our application form


All general enquiries should be directed to Katerina Solcova (). Scientific enquiries can be addressed to the supervisor ().

Funding Notes

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


1] T. Fiala, L. Ludvíková, D. Heger, J. Švec, T. Slanina, L. Vetráková, M. Babiak, M. Nečas, P. Kulhánek, P. Klán, et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 2597–2603.
[2] T. Slanina, T. Oberschmid, ChemCatChem 2018, 10, 4182–4190.

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