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Development of Novel Photoinduced Methods for the Assembly of Nitrogen-Containing Molecules

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 01, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A PhD studentship is available at the University of Manchester, in the School of Chemistry, to work with Dr Daniele Leonori on a project in the area of photoredox catalysis and asymmetric synthesis, starting in October 2019.
This project will focus on the design and development of novel photocatalytic processes aimed at assembling N-containing molecules. The final objective of this project is the application of the methodologies in the late-stage modification of complex and bio-active molecules like peptides and drugs.
The catalytic processes will be targeted building on the groups’ expertise in the area of photocatalysis and nitrogen-radical chemistry (see: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8092 and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 744).
The student will receive training in organic synthesis, catalysis development, photochemistry, electrochemistry and photophysics. Transferable skills such as reporting of results orally and in writing, time management, project planning and management will be developed, with assistance of our dedicated staff at the University of Manchester.
The School of Chemistry at The University of Manchester is one of the two largest in the UK and it was ranked 3th in the UK and 6th in Europe in the 2014 Nature University Rankings and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research in synthetic chemistry (see Dr Leonori’s research group is hosted in the brand new Organic Synthesis Laboratory housed in the state-of-the-art Chemistry building. The group’s main research interests are in the areas of photo-catalysis and synthesis and Dr Leonori has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant to further develop these topics.

Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent). Preference will be given to applicants with a strong interest and some experience in organic synthesis, photochemistry and/or organometallic chemistry.

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Funding Notes

This is a 3 year studentship which will cover fees and stipend (£14,777 in 2018-19).
Open to UK/EU applicants only.
We expect the Programme to commence in September 2019.


Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 12945
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 744
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8092

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