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PhD Chemistry: Developing Sulfonyl Triazoles as a Molecular Toolkit for Chemistry

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

Project Description

This project centres on the 1,2,3-triazole, a motif commonly used to join complex molecules. Generally, a 1,2,3-triazole is stable but introduction of a sulfonyl group in a 1-sulfonyl triazole (1-STs) tunes for a new mode of reactivity in which two out of three nitrogen atoms can be lost as nitrogen gas. The proposed research exploits the energy associated with this process by carefully designed catalyst systems for powerful transformations achieving rapid and selective formation of value-added products.

This research project will develop ground-breaking reactions and new catalyst systems to create powerful and valuable methodology. This methodology will be specifically targeted for application to key hot-topic areas, including: 1) novel synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocycles; 2) C-H bond functionalisation; and 3) new approaches to functional materials.

Overall, this PhD programme involves undertaking world-class research, gaining key skills in: designing substrates and catalysts, performing sensitive reactions, characterising new products, presenting research results, independent work and time management; overall providing an excellent experience for a future career. 

Examples of previous work in this area:
A. Boyer,* Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 1660; A. Boyer,* Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 5878; A. Boyer, J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 4771.
For more information about the research group, see:

Applicants should contact Dr. Alistair Boyer [[email protected]] in the first instance. Informal enquiries are welcome. For information about applying to the University of Glasgow, see:

Funding Notes

This position has been prioritised for funding to cover home tuition fees and also provide a stipend of £14,510 per annum (estimated for 2017-2018 session) for 3.5 years. To be eligible for this funding, applicants must fulfil the Research Council UK residency requirements. EU applicants are also eligible for funding to cover fees and will be considered for a stipend at the Research Council rate. Start Date October 2017.

How good is research at University of Glasgow in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Strathclyde)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 30.80

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