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Electron transfer in hydrogen bonded metal-organic materials.

Project Description

In this project, a series of metal-metal quadruply bonded complexes will be made which have pendant ligands that are capable of forming intermolecular self-complementary hydrogen bonding interactions. Self-assembly of the target complexes will be used to generate functional hydrogen bonded materials that have interesting charge-transport properties. This work will build upon recent results from our group which have demonstrated that remarkably efficient electron transfer can occur across hydrogen-bonded interfaces. Electron transfer in the resulting materials will be controlled by the choice of ligand and dimetal building block. The target complexes in this project are likely to be air-sensitive and will require glove box and Schlenk-line techniques for their synthesis and characterisation. The candidate will receive full training in these advanced synthetic techniques, and the EPR and UV/vis NIR spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques that will be used to study electron transfer in the resulting materials.
Please contact Dr Nathan Patmore () for informal enquiries

Funding Notes

3 years full time research covering tuition fees and a tax free bursary (stipend) starting at £15,245 for 2020/21 and increasing in line with the EPSRC guidelines for the subsequent years.

Funded via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Programme

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