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Mechanically interlocked molecules for chiral emissive materials

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A major challenge for the next generation of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) is to enhance their efficiency and functionality by using electronic materials that emit circularly polarized light. One approach is to employ small, chiral organic dye molecules that are strong emitters and can be easily self-assembled through an understanding of their supramolecular chemistry. As such, a key goal of this exciting new PhD project is to develop molecules that fulfil these criteria. Specifically, photoactive mechanically interlocked molecules (e.g. rotaxanes and catenanes) will be constructed using cutting-edge methodologies and then investigated for their chiroptical properties and supramolecular chemistry.

The researcher will develop skills in molecular synthesis, analytical techniques associated with supramolecular chemistry and many types of spectroscopy. The unique multidisciplinary nature of this project also means they will receive training in materials fabrication and analysis, with exposure to specialist facilities and expertise, through collaborations both inside and outside the School of Chemistry.

Candidates should be creative, curious and motivated, with an interest in supramolecular chemistry and photochemistry, although no formal experience in these areas is required. By the start of their appointment, applicants should have obtained a strong Master’s degree in Chemistry and not be in possession of a PhD. This studentship is fully funded (university fees and stipend) and is for UK/EU students.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Tim for more information using the details below.

The School of Chemistry is keen to achieve a gender and diversity balance across the School and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. The School holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises its work in promoting women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine in higher education.

Funding Notes

This studentship is fully funded (university fees and stipend included) and is for UK/EU students.


J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 26, 9026-9037

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