New Actinide Ligand Multiple Bonds Supported by Triamidoamine Ligands
The PhD will explore the synthesis and experimental and computational characterisation of novel new actinide-ligand multiple bonds. For representative publications on research that the Liddle group does see: Nature Communications, 2019, 10, 12206; Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 13773; Nature Chemistry, 2015, 7, 582-590; Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2014, 53, 4484-4488; Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2014, 136, 5619-5622.
Academic background of candidates:
The successful candidate should hold, or expect to receive, a 2(i) or first class Honours degree in chemistry (or equivalent), and prior experience of f-element chemistry and/or handling air- and moisture-sensitive compounds is advantageous but not essential.
Candidates should be motivated, dedicated and ambitious researchers with excellent interpersonal, organisational, and communication skills. The ability to work independently as well as in a medium-sized research team (ca 10-15 researchers) is essential. You will be trained to handle air- and moisture-sensitive compounds routinely, using Schlenk line and Glove-Box techniques, and you will prepare and characterise new organometallic/coordination compounds using a range of techniques, including: X-ray crystallography, NMR, EPR, IR, Raman, UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopies, cyclic voltammetry, magnetism, and computational calculations. There will be opportunities to gain hands-on experience of working with neptunium and plutonium in the Centre for Radiochemistry Research at Manchester as well as undertaking specialist spectroscopic measurements at national and EU collaborator institutions.
Contact for further Information:
Professor Steve Liddle
Department of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
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This is a 3.5 year EPSRC DTG funded studentship covering fees and stipend (£15,009 in 2019-20)
Open to UK/EU applicants only due to funding restrictions.
We expect the programme to commence in September 2019