A PhD studentship is available in the group of Dr Jamie Lewis (University of Birmingham) in the area of synthetic supramolecular chemistry on the development of macrocyclic hosts and their incorporation into polymeric materials.
Our group has an ongoing interest in the development of molecular capsules with the aim of using these for highly selective binding of guest molecules.[1-3] In this project you will develop synthetic routes to novel macrocyclic compounds, examine their host-guest chemistry, and investigate potential applications arising from these interactions. We are particularly interested in the use of these systems in catalysis. Ultimately, to further the use of these macrocycles through immobilising and organising them, you will incorporate them into polymeric networks.
The project will require a combination of organic and inorganic chemical synthesis, and use of various analytical techniques (NMR, mass spectrometry, single-crystal X-ray diffractometry) for which training will be given. The work will be carried out under the supervision of Dr Lewis in the School of Chemistry.
The University of Birmingham
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The candidate must be an enthusiastic individual with an interest in synthetic and supramolecular chemistry, and should normally have, or expect to receive, a first or upper second (2.1) class Masters degree (or equivalent) in a chemical science subject.
Applications should be made through the University of Birmingham’s online applications system. Please include a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining your research interests and previous experience. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Jamie Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information on our group's research interests, please visit lewisgroup.org.uk.