Phosphacumulenic Organometallics: Accessing Novel Bridged Scaffolds for Molecular Conductors
The project will build on our recent advances in the study of conjugated phosphacarbon complexes derived from the cyaphide (‘CP’) ligand (Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 9004; 2018, 47, 4428; 2019, 48, 8131), with a specific focus on developing conjugatively bridged polymetallics, using our recently described hypo-coordinate salt [Ru(dppe)2(CP)].OTf (Inorg. Chem., 2019, 58, 14800) as a foundation scaffold. Target compounds will exploit both the ‘CP’ ligand and cumulenic analogues in the bridging role, alongside more traditional carbon-rich bridges, and will require some level of synthetic development alongside complex design. The electronic properties of the resulting compounds will be studied using a range of methods to assess their suitability as model molecular conductors and to guide future design.
The project will involve substantial anaerobic organometallic synthesis, with the extensive ‘hands-on’ use of X-ray diffraction and advanced multinuclear NMR spectroscopic methods as primary means of compound identification and characterisation. This will be augmented by “in-house” electrochemical and spectro-electrochemical studies and, as appropriate, computational (DFT) work. The successful candidate will therefore receive a thorough and rounded training in the methods of modern inorganic and organometallic synthesis and characterisation.
How to apply:
Please submit a formal application using our online application system at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply, including a CV, degree transcripts and certificates, statement of interest and names of two academic referees. On the application system use Programme of Study – PhD Chemistry
For enquiries about the project contact Dr Ian Crossley; [Email Address Removed]. An overview of research in the Crossley lab can be found at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/crossleylab
This funded position covers Home / EU tuition fees and a stipend at standard UKRI rates.
Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in synthetic inorganic and/or organometallic chemistry. Eligible applicants will have recently received, or expect to obtain, an MSc and/or a First or 2:1 BSc / MChem in chemistry. Candidates for whom English is not their first language will require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any section.
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