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PhD. Studentship in Synthetic Chemistry - developing skills in main group synthesis, organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry, catalysis and a range of key characterization techniques.


Project Description

A PhD. position is available starting from Sept. 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter) at the University of Edinburgh, for 42 months funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Prof. Ingleson. The annual stipend will be £14.978
Project Description: This project is part of a larger endeavour studying the fundamental chemistry of boron and zinc electrophiles / nucleophiles and developing synthetic applications that rely on these species used in isolation and/or in tandem. Stoichiometric and catalytic processes will be targeted building on the group’s proven expertise in organoboron (see: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, Pg. 354, Chem. Sci., ASAP, 10.1039/C8SC04305A, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, Pg. 13293) and organozinc chemistry (see: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, pg. 5688, Chem.Eur. J., 2017, 23, pg. 15889). The projects are at the border of organic and inorganic chemistry and will develop new methodologies to form C-C and C-B bonds (both Csp2 and Csp3) that utilize only earth abundant compounds. The development of novel routes to form new C-B containing products is of continuing importance due to the considerable synthetic utility of organoboranes in modern chemistry (e.g. the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction and beyond!), while new cross coupling methodologies (particularly involving sp3 centers) are a key current goal in synthetic chemistry (see a recent review by Greg Fu in Science: DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf7230). The project will develop skills in main group synthesis, organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry, catalysis and a range of key characterization techniques. The PhD. student will be supervised by Prof. Mike Ingleson. The projects will be based at the University of Edinburgh with the Ingleson group moving to Edinburgh early in 2019. The Ingleson group specializes in main group chemistry, including the formation of new C-B bonds using boron electrophiles and the applications of these products in cross-coupling reactions (e.g.: JACS, 2016, 138, 13361).

For more information on the group’s activities see:
http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/Michael.Ingleson/default.htm

Informal Enquiries are welcome by e-mail to Mike Ingleson,
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Funding Notes

Funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant. The funding covers tuition fees and a stipend for 3.5 years. We expect the project to commence in September 2019.
Eligibility: Applicants are expected to hold, or be about to obtain, a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in chemistry.
Eligibility criteria (UK/EU UK-residents only)

How good is research at University of Edinburgh in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of St Andrews)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 43.30

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