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PhD studentship in Catalytic Fluorine Shuttling

   Department of Chemistry

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  Dr M Crimmin  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

London United Kingdom Inorganic Chemistry Organic Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry

About the Project

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3.5-year postgraduate studentship to develop new catalytic methods to shuttle fluorine atoms or fluorine containing groups between organic molecules. The long-term vision of this project is to develop new sustainable approaches to re-use fluorine containing molecules such as refrigerant HFCs and HFOs.

These positions are part of an ERC funded project and are available from October 2022. They will be held in the research group of Prof. Mark Crimmin at the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London.

The project aims to develop and understand new types of catalysts (based on main group or transition metals) for reactions that transfer fluorine atoms (or small fluorine containing groups such as HF or F2) between organic molecules. This is a highly challenging concept as it requires the development of catalytic systems that both break and make carbon–fluorine bonds in a single reaction sequence. The projects build upon recently published work from the group (Org. Lett. 2020, 9351). Training will be available in synthesis, air-sensitive techniques, homogeneous catalysis, and mechanistic analysis (including kinetics and computational chemistry). You will work on an individual project but be included in a broader team and be part of a dynamic and supportive environment.

Further details about the group including our research interests, publications, group members, and outreach activities can be found here: crimmingroup.org.


The successful candidate should hold, or expect to receive, a 1st class or 2:1 MSci degree or equivalent. Ideal candidates will have a background in organic or organometallic synthesis and some knowledge of modelling and DFT calculations.

·    This fully funded studentship covers a stipend (currently not less than £17,000) and home tuition fees.

·    Informal applications can be made by contacting Mark Crimmin ([Email Address Removed]) please include a cover letter, CV, and contact details of two referees.

·   Formal applications should be made through registry at Imperial (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/how-to-apply/)

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