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Green Chemistry for Selective Functionalisation of C-H bonds to C-C and C-X bonds

Project Description

This project is funded at the University of Strathclyde (supervisor for this studentship): Prof John Murphy.

This project arises from recent discoveries of new chemistry in the Murphy group and involves conversion of C-H to C-X bonds. In oxidative chemistry, we have recently found reagents that selectively functionalise N-CH3 groups to N-CH2-C in the presence of N-CH2 or N-CH groups. (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 15482–15487). This is achievable on gram-scale and can be used for the late-stage modification of pharmaceuticals. The great selectivity and mild conditions are big advantages of this chemistry.
We now want to take this chemistry forward by (i) extending the chemistry to selectively functionalise other chemical groups and (ii) by developing this chemistry into [transition metal-free] catalytic cycles.
The project will be co-supervised by Prof Tell Tuttle, providing opportunities for training in computational chemistry to underpin the experimental research. Joint training in experimental and computational chemistry will equip PhD students with the skills to conduct forefront international research in chemistry

This project will provide excellent training and the skills required for a PhD candidate in state-of-the-art chemistry that takes account of sustainable development (i.e. environmental and supply issues). Murphy group chemistry is routinely published in international journals of the highest quality (see .

Funding Notes

Funding is provided at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland ( The student (UK national) will be based in the friendly and attractive city of Glasgow. The duration of funding is 42 months.
Applicants should email Prof Murphy at , including a curriculum vitae, a statement of marks/grades in their university examinations and the contact details of 2 academic referees. Decision on the appointment will be made as soon as possible


Murphy group website:

(1) J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 15482–15487

How good is research at University of Strathclyde in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Glasgow)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 35.40

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