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PhD in Chemistry: Applications of main group Lewis acids in synthetic organic chemistry

   Cardiff School of Chemistry

  Prof Rebecca Melen  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Applications of main group Lewis acids in synthetic organic chemistry

This project will investigate the use of boron or aluminium Lewis acids in transformations typically catalysed by transition metals. The project will involve the synthesis off main group catalysts as well as their screening in catalytic reactions and investigation of scope. The target compounds will have pharmaceutical relevance.

Highly enthusiastic students with a strong motivation in synthetic organic chemistry and an understanding of compound purification and characterisation are encouraged to apply.

Academic criteria

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent). 

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) English language requirements for postgraduate students - Study - Cardiff University


Professor Rebecca Melen -

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Start date options - 1st January, 1st April, 1st July or 1st October 2024

To apply please complete an online application, stating your supervisor’s name(s).

Chemistry (6)

Funding Notes

This PhD post is open to self funded Home, EU and International students.
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Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive environment for all. We welcome applications from all members of the global community irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

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