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EPSRC funded PhD in Chemistry: Metal complexes for photooxidation applications

   Cardiff School of Chemistry

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  Prof S Pope, Prof I Fallis  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Metal complexes for photooxidation applications

The aim of this project is the synthesis, investigation and application of new photoactive coordination complexes based on transition metal species in supramolecular microenvironments. We are particularly interested in the study of photoredox processes and photocatalysis applications as well as considering the biological application of photogeneration of reactive oxygen species. You will be trained to use a wide variety of analytical (X-ray diffraction) and spectroscopic techniques (including NMR, UV-vis., time-resolved fluorescence, circular dichroism) to fully characterise their behaviour. You will learn to exploit state-of-the-art automated microwave reactor setups to develop efficient synthetic routes to target compounds. Your work would have an emphasis on the creation of sustainable systems based on abundant metals and cost-effective ligands.

The project offers wide ranging opportunities to work closely with the other PhD students based in the Schools of Engineering, and Medicine. Further collaboration will be possible with researchers from other disciplines including industry. 

Academic criteria

Suitable applicants will have a should hold a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent). 

English Language

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


Dr Ian Fallis (Chemistry) Dr Ian Fallis - People - Cardiff University

Prof. Simon Pope (Chemistry), Professor Simon Pope - People - Cardiff University

Dr Angelo Amoroso (Chemistry) Dr Angelo Amoroso - People - Cardiff University


Application deadline: Friday 4th March.

We will not be contacting applicants until after the deadline

Possible interview dates: to be held in week beginning March 14th, 2022.

For the interview applicants are asked to prepare a short (10 minutes maximum) oral presentation on their research interests or a recent/current research project. Use of Powerpoint is recommended.

Interviews will held via zoom.

If you wish to have an informal chat with any of the supervisors about this research project please feel free to contact them directly.

To apply please complete an online application:

Please include in your application a full CV and a short supporting statement (maximum one side of A4) as to why you are the best applicant for this post.

Start date: 1st October 2022

Funding Notes

A 3.5 year UK studentship with UKRI level stipend and fees (21/22 level - tuition fees £4500, stipend £15,609 per annum)
For more information on funding and eligibility please view the EPSRC website
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