Catalysis is one of the most powerful strategies to convert both conventional and alternative resources to valuable chemicals in environmentally friendly and economical processes. Current industrial catalysts almost exclusively incorporate precious and non-precious transition-metals, which are scarce (and correspondingly expensive) and often problematic with regard to (eco)toxicity. Thus, there is a need for alternative concepts that incorporate abundant and more environmentally friendly main-group elements as active sites. The PhD research will be centred on the activation and catalytic functionalisation of small molecules and inert chemical bonds by means of polynuclear environmentally benign main-group element compounds. Our interest lies in both the cooperative and the emergent effects that arise when a ligand frame hosts two active sites in close proximity. The project includes the synthesis and characterization of both new ligands and main-group element compounds, reactivity studies as well as computational investigations. The Institute of Inorganic Chemistry provides an excellent research infrastructure and the size of our group ensures comprehensive support and guidance along with fast publication.
Person Specification: Applicants should have a strong background in synthetic inorganic chemistry (experience in Schlenk- and Glovebox-Technique is desired), and must have completed, or are soon to complete, a Master (or equivalent) degree in chemistry at a high level (e.g. 2.1 minimum or equivalent). They should be willing to extend their areas of expertise and good communication skills, the ability to work safely, independently and in a team environment are essential.
For the application procedure or enquiries concerning the project, please contact Dr Robert Kretschmer ([email protected]) directly.