This studentship seeks to challenge the status quo regarding the use of precious metals in light-activated molecules and materials. We will develop a series of new photoactive compounds that incorporate earth-abundant 1st-row transition metals and explore their utility in a broad range of applications, such as photocatalysis, energy upconversion and bioimaging. Our overall aim is to develop a chemical toolbox to replace expensive and rare precious-metal based compounds with sustainable earth-abundant analogues.
Our recent work on luminescent chromium-based systems, shows highly advantageous luminescence properties under ambient conditions (DOI: 10.1039/D2CC01434C), opening pathways to a range of applications including bioimaging and energy upconversion.
The student will join a vibrant and diverse research team led by experts in physical chemistry (Richards), synthetic inorganic (photo)chemistry (Pope) and the biosciences (Williams). They will be fully trained in chemical synthesis procedures (including handling of air-sensitive materials) for ligands and complexes, and gain specialist knowledge in advanced characterisation and state of the art spectroscopic techniques including EPR and photophysics, as well as relevant applications.
Dr Emma Richards - People - Cardiff University (Chemistry)
Professor Simon Pope - People - Cardiff University (Chemistry)
Dr Catrin Williams - People - Cardiff University (Biosciences)
Start date - 1st July or 1st October 2023
Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent).
English Language criteria
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) English language requirements for postgraduate students - Study - Cardiff University
How to apply
Applications should be received no later than 10th February 2023. All applications should be submitted via the online application portal, stating your supervisor’s name(s), at https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/chemistry
Interviews will be held on Zoom or Teams week commencing 27th February. During the interviews, applicants should give a short (5 minute) presentation on their experience and suitability for the position.
For any enquiries about the project and research, please contact Dr Emma Richards ([Email Address Removed]) or Prof Simon Pope ([Email Address Removed]).
For further information about the application and interview process, including informal questions, please contact the Chemistry PGR office ([Email Address Removed])