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DPhil opportunity - Bifunctional catalysts to synthesise polymers derived from renewable feedstocks.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Applications are invited for a DPhil position in Inorganic Chemistry, available from October 2020 to work with Professor Dermot O’Hare in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. The subject of the thesis will be “Bifunctional catalysts to synthesise polymers derived from renewable feedstocks”. This studentship is funded by SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd (Thailand).

Polymeric materials that are derived from abundant bio-derived natural feedstocks and atmospheric pollutants such as CO2 are exciting alternatives to polyolefins which are derived from non-renewable petrochemical feedstocks and can play a role in a sustainable circular economy; their versatile properties enable use in a diverse range of applications. In polymeristion chemistry, metal-metal cooperativity has been reported to allow for enhanced activity, comonomer incorporation, tacticity control and molecular weight, improved tolerance to polar functional groups, as well as modified chain transfer kinetics and regiochemical preferences.

This studentship will involve synthesis and characterisation of new bimetallic complexes and investigation into their use as catalysts for polymers derived from renewable feedstocks.

The candidate is expected to have a strong knowledge of organometallic chemical synthesis and characterisation, and keen to work in collaboration with industry. Experience in polymerisation chemistry would be an advantage. The candidate should also have a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in chemistry or a related science discipline.

This studentship will cover course fees at Home/EU rate plus provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,009 per year for three and a half years.

Application deadline: 12.00noon UK time on Friday, 24th January 2020

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry (https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-inorganic-chemistry?wssl=1) via Oxford online application system:
http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford , quoting DMOH/SCG/Organometallic/2020

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: ; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Jean-Charles Buffet, Deputy Director SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry: . For a summary of the group’s current research interests please see: http://ohare.chem.ox.ac.uk/

The Department of Chemistry is the holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award.

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