Functionalized Catenanes & Rotaxanes for Supramolecular Chemistry Applications
A fully funded EPSRC 3.5 year PhD studentship in synthetic supramolecular chemistry is available under the supervision of Dr Nicholas Evans at the Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University, commencing October 2020.
Interlocked molecules such as catenanes and rotaxanes have been shown to function in a range of applications, such as sensing and catalysis. However, investigations into the properties and real-world used of such molecules have often been restricted by lengthy and bespoke synthetic pathways. At Lancaster, we have developed rapid and flexible synthetic routes to both catenanes (Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015, 11021) and rotaxanes (Org. Biomol. Chem. 2016, 7972; Org. Biomol. Chem. 2017, 2797; Chem. Commun. 2019, 1576). This project will deploy these methods to prepare and investigate interlocked molecules with new properties and useful functions (e.g. to act as ionic receptors or to display biological motifs).
The project will involve rationally designed synthesis to construct the interlocked molecules and analytical experiments to determine their properties. The student will therefore receive training and gain expertise in both of these areas of practical scientific investigation.
Enthusiasm to work in a laboratory environment, the ability to learn (by tuition and independently) and possession of excellent written and oral communications skills are essential. Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a 1st class or good 2:1 UK Masters-level degree or equivalent in Chemistry (or closely-related discipline).
Applications should be made via Lancaster University’s online application system. Informal email enquiries prior to making an application are very much encouraged (contact: [Email Address Removed]). Applications should be received by 26th April 2020, although later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place. Please indicate on your application that you are applying for this funded PhD project.
For further information on the Evans group, see: http://supramolecularevans.com.
The Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University provides a research environment that strongly supports the needs of each student and promotes a healthy work-life balance. We are committed to the Athena Swan Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. Our commitment to these principles is reflected in our receipt of an Athena Swan Bronze Award. The Department of Chemistry also operates an informal PhD peer-peer mentor scheme available to all students.
The studentship will cover fees at the UK rate plus the standard maintenance stipend (anticipated to be £15,285 pa for 2020/21).
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