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Iron catalysed, site-selective functionalisation: Cutting edge analysis for state-of-the-art synthesis

   Department of Chemistry

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  Dr Ruth Webster, Dr Anneke Lubben  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following funded 4-year PhD project commencing in October 2022 under the supervisor of Dr Ruth Webster and Dr Anneke Lubben in the Department of Chemistry.

This PhD is not merely centred around cutting-edge synthetic methodology in base metal catalysis: the proposal is student-focused, whereby we will upskill the researcher to gain in-depth knowledge of the techniques used in their work and prepare them to become a leader in the analytical chemistry talent pool.

Beyond gaining insight into fundamental reactivity, new functionalisation methods will be developed to regioselectively prepare value-added compounds from alkene containing molecules. Our synthetic and new reaction development expertise, coupled to the development of bespoke mass spectrometry methodology, will perfectly position the student to accomplish key objectives. The PhD student will be seconded to MC2 (Materials and Chemical Characterisation Facility) to develop expert mass spectrometry analysis skills, ultimately developing high resolution LCMS techniques to thoroughly characterise and quantify reaction products.

Subject to the signing of a contractual agreement, the project will be carried out in collaboration with Glaxo SmithKline plc.

Project keywords: homogeneous catalysis, organic synthesis, analytical chemistry.

Candidate requirements:

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class MChem or MSci degree (or the equivalent) or a BSc Honours degree (or the equivalent) with industrial training experience.

Non-UK applicants must meet our English language entry requirement.

Enquiries and applications:

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Ruth Webster ([Email Address Removed]).

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Chemistry.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

We value a diverse research environment and aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated and respected. We welcome and encourage applications from under-represented groups.

If you have circumstances that you feel we should be aware of that have affected your educational attainment, then please feel free to tell us about it in your application form. The best way to do this is a short paragraph at the end of your personal statement.

Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project may be considered for a 4-year EPSRC DTP studentship covering tuition fees and a stipend of at least £15,609 per annum (UKRI 2021/22 rate) plus a potential stipend enhancement of £1,000 per annum (subject to a contractual agreement with the intended industrial partner. GSK). In addition, there will be a budget for research expenses, training and conference attendance. In line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of awards available to International candidates will be limited to 30% of the total number of EPSRC DTP awards available to the university in 2022/23.


Selected publications pertinent to this proposal: Webster et al. in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 14272; Green Chem. 2021, 23, 2703; ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 6102; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 572.
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