Six new fully funded PhD research studentships are offered in the School of Applied Sciences for a 23 September 2019 start. The School is made up of the Departments of Biological and Geographical Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
There is competition funding for 6 of the 12 research projects advertised. Usually the projects which receive the best applicants are funded.
Successful applicants will receive a fully funded PhD opportunity to undertake research on electron transfer (ET) processes between hydrogen bonded metal complexes. ET is common in biological and chemical processes, such as photosynthesis and solar energy conversion. Small-molecule models typically consist of an electron donor and acceptor bridged by a pi-conjugated ligand, and have proven valuable in improving our understanding of ET mechanisms. Recently, we have developed systems that use hydrogen bonds to link the electron donor and acceptor, which, remarkably, show ET rates comparable to that of pi-conjugated bridges. In this project, you will be developing new systems that use metal-metal quadruple bonds with pendant hydrogen bond donor / acceptors that form hydrogen bonded assemblies in the solid-state and solution. The target complexes are air-sensitive, and Schlenk-line and glove box techniques will be used for synthesis. ET between the metal-metal multiple bonds will be probed by electrochemistry, and EPR, IR and UV/vis spectroscopies. We are looking for a student with good synthetic skills, but training will be provided in the advanced synthetic and spectroelectrochemical techniques needed for the project.
The studentships are open to citizens of the UK or EU only, and cover the full cost of tuition fees and an annual tax-free bursary of £15,009 for three years (RCUK rates). Successful applicants will have a very good first or upper second degree or Masters degree in a relevant subject. The course will begin in September 2019.
To apply, please send your CV and a personal statement to [email protected]. Please indicate that you wish to apply for the project above and highlight Dr Nathan Patmore, as the supervisor. Please note that the deadline for applications is 25 April 2019.