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DPhil opportunity - Synthesis of supported permethylindenyl zirconocene catalysts for polymerisation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 25, 2019
  • 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 2019 to work with Professor Dermot O’Hare in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. The subject of the thesis will be “Synthesis of supported permethylindenyl zirconocene catalysts for polymerisation”. This studentship is funded by SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd (Thailand).

Innovation in both the synthesis and the properties of new innovative polymers is still at the forefront in both industry and academia. Using supported metallocene catalysts is an important and growing component in industrial production.

This studentship will involve synthesis, characterisation of new permethylindenyl organometallic complexes followed by formation of solid catalysts and their use in various polymer synthesis. The project will involve the synthesis of oxygen and moisture sensitive organometallic compounds and the study of their properties and function as effective solid catalysts.

The candidate is expected to have a strong interest in chemical synthesis, structural characterisation, to be skilled in oxygen- and moisture- sensitive organometallic compound synthesis and keen to work in collaboration with industry. Experience in solid state 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 £14,777 per year for three and a half years.

Application deadline: 12.00noon UK time on Friday, 25th January 2019

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry via Oxford online application system: , quoting DMOH/SCG/ISTAR/2019

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:

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

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