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Electronic spin dynamics in solution


   Department of Chemistry

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  Dr N Chilton  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

We have developed methods and tools to understand the spin dynamics of molecules that are now mature enough to use in the design of new materials. We are now applying these tools in different areas. In this project we will study the electronic spin dynamics of molecules in solution. This is a crucial part of phase contrast in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and yet is poorly understood at the atomic level. It is the spin-phonon coupling, as induced by molecular rotations and collisions in fluid solution, that defines the electronic spin lifetime of MRI contrast agents, and it is the electronic spin lifetime which gives rise to the contrast effect in the industry-standard gadolinium contrast agents. Understanding how molecular structure and magnetic anisotropy affect the spin lifetime in solution phase from first principles will allow tailoring of molecular architectures to improve the efficiency of contrast agents, thus lowering dosage requirements.

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in Chemistry

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Funding Notes

Fully funded PhD. Home fees and stipend paid at current UKRI rate for 3.5 years

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