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Molecular Design for the Energy Harvesting Materials

Department of Chemistry

Dr Alexander Romanov , Prof M Turner Friday, April 30, 2021 Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
Manchester United Kingdom Inorganic Chemistry Organic Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry

About the Project

Energy is one of many global challenges for our modern society. Lighting devices based on the Organic Light-emitting Diodes (OLEDs) could answer this global challenge by offering the products with energy efficiency up to 100%. Innovations are still required on multiple fronts to increase the colour purity, device lifetime, light output, and improve the manufacturing process for the OLED devices. New energy materials are vital to solve these problems and answer the global energy challenge.

Applications are sought for a PhD studentship in the synthesis and study “Energy Harvesting Materials by Molecular Design” with a particular focus on the discovery of the new light-emitting materials and their use in the future organic electronic technologies. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Alexander Romanov and Prof Michael Turner. The project is part of a comprehensive programme exploring a new family of strongly photo-emissive coinage metal complexes based on carbene-metal-amide (CMA) structures. CMAs show excellent photoluminescent properties and are capable of producing OLEDs with high efficiency (Science, 2017, 356, 159; Nature Commun., 2020, 11, 1758). The successful applicant will become a part of the new team at the University of Manchester and will work in collaboration with the Optoelectronics group at the University of Cambridge (research groups of Prof Sir Richard Friend and Prof Neil Greenham). The post will involve substantial collaboration and regular meetings between the University of Cambridge and Manchester teams. The position would suit an ambitious, highly motivated and practical researcher with some experience in synthetic inorganic chemistry and/or organic materials chemistry. There will also be the opportunity to develop complementary skills in the photophysical characterisation of the materials, fabrication of the OLED devices and therefore an additional interest in materials science would be desirable.

Academic background of candidates

Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain a first-class degree (2:1 or above) in Chemistry while some experience in inorganic, organic or materials chemistry is desirable.

Contact for further Information

For any information feel free to contact Dr Alexander Romanov via


Funding Notes

This is a 4 year funded PhD studentship covering fees and stipend (£15,285 in 2020-21).
We expect the programme to commence in September 2021.


1. A. S. Romanov et al., “Mono- Versus Bicyclic Carbene Metal Amide Photoemitters: Which Design Leads to Best Performance?”. Chem. Mater., 2020, 32(14), 6114–6122.
2. A.S. Romanov et al., “Highly efficient blue organic light-emitting diodes based on carbene-metal-amides”. Nature Commun., 2020, 11, 1758.
3. A.S. Romanov et al., “Carbene Metal Amide Photoemitters: Tailoring Conformationally Flexible Amides for Full Color Range Emissions Including White-Emitting OLED”., Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 435–446.

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