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PhD in Chemistry: Co-operative Optical and Magnetic Interaction in Multi-metallic Lanthanide Compounds

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  Dr J Farnaby  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in the area of Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry of the f-elements under the supervision of Dr Joy H. Farnaby at the University of Glasgow.

The unique light-emitting (from lighting to lasers) and magnetic (from smartphones to electric vehicles) properties of the lanthanide (Ln) elements have made these elements integral and indispensable to modern life. Successful engineering of co-operative interaction between the optical and magnetic properties of different Ln metal centres within multi-metallic molecules would enable the development of new technologies for catalysis, imaging, sensors and light-emitting, magnetic and quantum materials.

However, the directed synthesis of heterometallic Ln-Ln' multi-metallic compounds is very challenging. This is because while the physical properties of the individual lanthanide elements are very different, their chemical behaviour is very similar. This PhD project will develop an unprecedented experimental model in which we can selectively combine any two lanthanide elements and chemically manipulate all aspects of the molecular environment (see Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 11284-11287 and Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 10692-10701 for background). The PhD project will also involve collaboration with research groups in the UK who provide access to advanced characterisation techniques and computational studies of these systems.

More information on our research can be found at:

Prospective PhD candidates should contact Dr Farnaby as soon as possible by email ([Email Address Removed]) and include a full CV, with details of grades to date, contact details of at least two academic referees, and a cover letter outlining your suitability for this PhD position.

Start-date: 1 October 2021

Eligibility: Applicants should hold (or expect to be awarded) a first class or upper-second class Masters degree (MSci, MChem, MSc, MRes) or BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry. Applicants should have a keen interest in synthetic inorganic chemistry and research experience in air-sensitive inorganic chemistry is advantageous, but not essential.

Formal Applications: please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality. As an Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder, the School of Chemistry has equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart, and actively supports applications from all sections of society. More details of the School’s Athena SWAN activities can be found here:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU settled status applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,560 for Session 2021-22).
Strong international students may also be eligible for this funding.
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