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Organometallic chemistry in the solid state under extreme conditions

Project Description

This project will explore the organometallic chemistry of late transition metal complexes induced in the solid state on application of high pressure or through extreme variation of temperature, with a particular focus on the fundamental mechanisms of C–H, C–C, and C–X bond cleavage. Practical work will involve ligand orientated organic synthesis and the manipulation of late transition metal containing compounds under an inert atmosphere, in solution and the solid state. Collection and analysis of crystallographic will be key component of the project and full training will be provided.

How to apply:
Enquires are welcomed and applications should be directed as soon as possible to Dr Adrian Chaplin () and/or Dr Mark Senn (); please include a current CV that details any past research work.

Funding Notes

This Royal Society funded studentship is open to UK/EU nationals, covers all tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free stipend of ca. £14,800 for 3.5 years. Applications must have excellent synthetic chemistry and analytical skills and, before starting the project, hold an honours degree (at least II.1 or equivalent) in Chemistry, or other relevant discipline. Previous experience collecting and/or analysing crystallographic data is desirable, but not essential.


Further information about the Chaplin group can be found at:

Further information about the Senn group can be found at:

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