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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  Funded PhD Project (UK 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 -

Please also the group webpages for further information on the research group and themes:

Start date - 1st October 2022

We reserve the right to close this advert should sufficient applications be received.

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

Funding Notes

This is a 3.5 year funded PhD, with UK tuition fees and UKRI level stipend.
This studentship is open to Home, EU or Overseas Candidates. However, Overseas and EU candidates (without settled status) should note that they will be required to cover the difference between Home and Overseas/EU fees each year.


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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