PhD in Chemistry: the synthesis of new small molecules containing Lewis acidic and basic sites for metal-free catalysis
This PhD will explore the synthesis of new small molecules containing Lewis acidic and basic sites for metal-free catalysis.
This research project will illustrate new design strategies to synthesise ambiphilic molecules that contain both electrophilic (Lewis acidic) and nucleophilic (Lewis basic) sites that may be employed as catalysts in catalytic hydrogenation, dehydrocoupling, cyclisation, hydrosilylation, hydroboration and carbon dioxide utilisation reactions.
These new routes will offer a modular design to develop main group catalysts that should surpass the activity of those previously reported.
Candidates should hold a 2.1 or higher Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry.
The successful candidate will also preferably have experience in organic synthesis.
Supervisor - Dr Rebecca Melen https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/38512-melen-rebecca
Start date - 1st January 2019
Tuition fee support - Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend - Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Eligibility criteria - Residency - UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply. For more information https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding/view/epsrc-phd-in-chemistry-the-synthesis-of-new-small-molecules-containing-lewis-acidic-and-basic-sites-for-metal-free-catalysis
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