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New directions in Cu-catalysed cross-coupling

  • 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

Fully funded PhD studentships, in collaboration with AstraZeneca, are available in the lab of Dr Allan Watson at the University of St Andrews. The start date will be end of September 2019.

The project will involve the development of new cross-coupling processes using copper catalysis to make C-X bonds. The project is focused on development and understanding of catalytic reactions, with the aim of making compounds of value to drug discovery. The project will involve organic, organometallic, physical-organic, and inorganic chemistry.

You will join a multi-disciplinary research group that uses mechanism to understand and develop new catalytic reactions, and apply these reactions to make molecules that have applications in medicinal chemistry and agrochemistry.

For information on our group, see our website at:
For informal inquiries, contact Allan on

Funding Notes

This is a directly funded project only available to students from UK/EU.


For recent group work in this area, see:
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 4769
ACS Catalysis 2018, 8, 9560.

How good is research at University of St Andrews in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Edinburgh)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 37.30

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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