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PhD Position in Inorganic Polymerisation Catalysis


   Institute for Biochemistry and Chemistry

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

About the Project

Ph.D. Position in Inorganic Polymerisation Catalysis

Department of Chemistry Freie University Berlin (Germany)

Starting Date: 2022 (flexible), Competitive Salary.

The group: We are a synthetic chemistry group with a focus on polymerisation catalysis. Our interests are centered on finding new ways to incorporate main group atoms into polymers, turn waste products such as CO2 into valuable materials and understand the underlying catalytic processes that achieve these goals. The projects in our group range from synthetic inorganic chemistry to exploring the material properties of our new polymers. The methodologies we are developing also deal with the challenge of achieving sequence-controlled polymers from complex monomer mixtures. With these approaches, we want to contribute toward a more sustainable and circular polymer economy. For a general overview of the area see https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/anie.202104495 .

The offer: The Ph.D. project (3.5 years) will focus on the preparation of transition metal and main group containing compounds and their application in polymerisation catalysis. Mechanistic investigation will give fundamental understanding of the underlying processes and help to optimize our methodologies. This will be followed by material and degradability tests of the obtained polymers. We prefer to discuss the exact project personally with the most promising applicants and adjust the direction of research depending on the candidate's interests.

What we are looking for: You should have experience in synthetic chemistry and catalysis. Experience with inert gas techniques and common characterisation methods (such as NMR, chromatography and XRD methods) is beneficial. You should also be open to learning many new methods for the characterisation of polymeric materials and be motivated to work in an international and social research team.

Application: Applications are invited from people who hold an M.Sc or an equivalent degree in chemistry. Please send your application including a CV, academic transcripts, a cover letter stating your background, motivation and interest in a single PDF file to Dr. Plajer (). Please don’t hesitate to contact us in advance if you have questions. We are looking forward to your application!

Visit our website for more details: https://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/chemie/chemie/forschung/InorgChem/agplajer/Research/index.html

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